My Router Isn’t Connecting to the Internet

Routers are, for the most part, easy to setup and maintain, but sometimes issues come up that can be frustrating. This article addresses some common problems people have with their router. 192 168 1 1 admin

Router settings are accessed with a web browser. One of the most common issues router owners have is that they don’t remember how to log into their router. Directions for accessing the router are often written on a sticker on the bottom or back of the router.

You need to be connected to the router in order to access the router’s settings (unless your router has the ability to be connected to remotely). To access the router open a web browser and type in the router’s IP address into the address bar. This is usually or 192.168.1. If that doesn’t work, type in “ipconfig” and look for the IP address for your network adapter. Copy the number you find, except you’ll need to change the number after the third period to a 1.

Depending on your router’s settings you may have to connect to the router with an Ethernet cord to access the router’s settings. To do this, securely connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the computer and the Ethernet port on the router.

Often when people change the default username and passwords on their router, they end up forgetting them. It’s a good idea to take some masking tape and write your username and password on your router so you can easily find it. If you have forgotten your login information you will need to reset your router’s settings.

To reset the router locate the reset button which is usually a small hole on the rear of the unit. Use a paperclip to press the reset button and hold it down for 10 seconds. After you release the button the router will reset.

If you have access to the network but not the internet check the status of the router’s lights. Check to see if the internet light on the modem is indicating the correct status. If it isn’t, check that the internet modem has access to the internet and check to see if the network cable is securely attached to the Ethernet ports between the router and the modem.

If you cannot get internet access you’ll need to manually set some of the router’s settings. You may need to contact your internet service provider for these settings. If the status light on the router indicates that it has an internet connection, check any firewalls on your computer that may cause interference to/from the internet and make sure they’re setup properly.