Configuring Wireless Networks With IP

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are unique, nearly always a part of the Internet network, and can be represented by numbers assigned to specific computers. That is when you visit a website, and instead of typing in your IP address, you provide your username and password. In doing so, you are indicating to the website your actual physical location and allowing them to associate your IP address with that user name and password. The address you provide will be important for logging into your account, and it can be changed at any time.

Configuring Router With IP

If you are using a shared host, chances are the physical IP address will be the same each time. If not, then you will need to use some tools or programs to alter the settings on your shared host and log in again at another site. There is typically a reset button on your web browser. When you click this button, the operating system will reset your username and password to the default (empty) values.

Most modern routers will automatically assign a new username and password to your internet connection. If you changed your router's default settings and are now having trouble logging in, check to see if you have changed anything else. For example, make sure you have cleared your browser's cache and cookies. Often, this clearing of the cache will get your username and password registered again. If this has happened, you will need to change the default username and password values as described above.

Static IP

If you have a static IP address and you still cannot get through to your router, sometimes resetting the Ethernet cable between the modem and router will help. You can usually do this in the "internet options" area of the control panel. If you reset your internet settings, the default username and password will be reset to the value you just specified. In this case, you would probably not need to reset the Ethernet cable at all.

IP - Resetting Modem 

If you reset your modem, but still cannot get into your router, a more difficult way to enter your computer is to hit the reset button on the back of your computer. This is one of the more secure ways to enter a computer that has been put in the "reset" state. To do this, you first need to unplug the modem from its power source. Then pull out the Ethernet cable with the physical switch and plug it into an unused port on your modem. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the two.

If you reset the router settings but still cannot get into the router, the most common cause of this is that your username and password are not correct or may already be in use on another system. In this case, you will need to create a new user with a different password. For most users, changing the username and password of the "ethernet interface" on your computer is the best option. Then follow the steps above to log into your router.

Sometimes resetting your router's Ethernet port does not solve the problem. The reason for this is that some older home networking hardware is set up to use certain default username and password combinations. For example, routers that use WAP or TinyLite wireless security could have default username and password sets that you did not change. A simple trick to finding out what combinations your hardware uses is to connect your PC to the sniffer and see what traffic it captures. Sometimes this information can be found in the WinDriver Kernel Information device which is built into some older operating systems.


Sometimes, your attempts to log in to your router won't be successful after you've reset the Ethernet port. If this is the case, the reason is that you entered the default username and password of the wrong user. You can usually find this information in the User Manager utility. Some users will be able to reset the Default User and Password properties by right-clicking the router and choosing "Properties".

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