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Registered: ‎02-04-2009

Can't connect to my own wireless router

I'll try to explain my problem the best I can,so bear with me. All seemed to work well up until 10 days ago.

Then a pop up said "my area connection network cable is unplugged" and I could not get on the internet.

I have a "Linskys wireless G broadband router with speed booster". It seems like I was disconnected somehow. Everything seems to be plugged in properly. When I tried to reconnect to the wireless router I was asked for my password. When I typed in my 5 digit password it replied that I did not have enough digits in my password. This is the password the teck gave me a year ago. My question to anyone is how do I go about getting the proper password so I can connect to my own wireless broadband router...I am now connected to a neighbors wireless router.   I hope I've made myself clear and looking for any kind of help.

Frank 1933

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JamesR
Posts: 6,424
Registered: ‎09-29-2007

Re: Can't connect to my own wireless router

Some Linksys routers have a password of admin and no usernatme.

So first thing is to use a cable to connect to the router

Use the reset button in the back of the router to reset it to its factory defaults.

Reset switch is in a small hole on the back.  Use a ball point pen or toothpick to get to it

once the router comces back up check to make sure you have a link light next to where the cable plugs into your computer

Then open your browser and type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and see if you can browse into the router

If you get in, leave the user name blank and type admin into the password field.

That should get you in to the router.  Go through the menus and change the password to what ever you want and then go into wireless security and set the encryption type to match what ever encryption type you have on your wireless computer  wpA2 is better.  Also enter a passphrase that you can put into the wireless computer t connect.

Then post back and let us know how you make out.

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Posts: 75
Registered: ‎02-04-2009

Re: Can't connect to my own wireless router

Thanks for your prompt reply...my Linsksys router has a user name and a password of "admin"...I did hit the reset button this morning. Forgive me, but I'm unable to locate the address bar to type in 192.168.1.1  Could you walk me through that step? I also have a "security mode of WPA" I don't know what that's about. As you can see, I'm still a novice when it comes to this sort of thing. Any help you can pass along would be appreciated. Thanks JMCS

Frank

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JamesR
Posts: 6,424
Registered: ‎09-29-2007

Re: Can't connect to my own wireless router

Hey Frank, sorry it took so long to get back to you.  Here is the process:

1.  Connect the modem to the WAN Port of the Router with an Ethernet Cable.

2.  Connect Lan Port #1 of the Router to a PC with a Ethernet Cable.

3.  Power cycle the Modem. (Remove power cable and reinsert Power Cable)

4. Power cycle the Router as above

5. Power cyccle the PC as above

6. Open your Browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox etc)

7. In the address bar at the top where it says HTTP://WWW.COMCAST.NET or whatever, type 192.168.1.1 and hit enter.  This should take you to your Router Login page

8. Click in the password box and type admin and hitenter

9. Click on wireless security and select WPA/WPA2 and enter a passphrase (whatever you were using before)

10. Click Save and close out

11. Set the PC to use the same encryption and passphrase

12. Remove the Ethernet cable connecting the PC to the Router

16. See if you can browse.