How do I adjust the settings of my home router?

After a router has been connected to your home network, you may adjust its settings by going through the following steps.

  1. Make sure your computer is connected to your router via one of the numbered wired ports or wirelessly. Your computer should not be plugged into the WAN or Internet port.
  2. Open any Internet browser window.
  3. In the address bar, type the IP address of your router. This is usually http://192.168.1.1, but if this address does not work, skip to the section for determining your router address.
  4. If the computer you are using can connect to the router, a prompt should pop up, asking for a username and password. Often, the default username and password are both admin. Otherwise, they'll be whatever you or your network administrator has set. Check the documentation for your router if you are unsure what the default username and password is for your router. You may also be able to reset the username & password for your router.
  5. After entering the correct username and password, you should see a setup screen with similar options as the example below.

Linksys router setup screen

From your router's setup screen, you can access and change the necessary settings. Please be careful, however, as you could change a setting that is required for proper operation of your router.

Determining router address

  1. Open a command prompt window by clicking on the Start button and type cmd in the Search programs and files field in the Start menu. In Windows XP and earlier, select the Run option in the Start menu and type cmd in the Run text field, then press Enter.
  2. At the command prompt, type: ipconfig and press Enter. You should get information similar to the example below. The Default Gateway is the address of your router.

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd2.ca.comcast.net.
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.135
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Note: If the Default Gateway doesn't connect to your router, refer to Step One in the first section, then run ipconfig in the command prompt again. If you still can't get access, you may need to reset your router's username and password.

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