Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
To connect to your router, you first find your gateway address and type that into the address bar of a browser window: I explain how.
Running a Toshiba Satellite laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium on a DSL Wi-Fi connection. I tried to secure your router per your book Internet Safety Book and when I put my IP address into two different browsers, I finally gave up. They never connect to anything. The internet connection is fine. Now, I need to look at my router and decide if I need to change the password, etc. What am I missing here?
In this excerpt from Answercast #18, I try to diagnose a problem in securing a router and walk through the steps needed to connect to that router through a browser window.
I'm not exactly sure what step in the process you're having trouble with. The phrase that concerns me in your question is, "...when I put my IP address into two different browsers."
It's usually one of those two. I think I have an article on the site that talks about identifying the IP address of your router. It is usually the 'gateway address' if you ever do an IPconfig on your machine.
So I'll back up.
Fire up a Windows command prompt. It's over in Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows command prompt.
Then, in the Windows command prompt, type:
That's going to dump out a bunch of information about your internet connection: your IP connection, your network connection.
One of the pieces of information there is going to be something called a 'gateway address.' If it starts with 192.168 (which I suspect it will), then that is very likely the IP address of your router.
So in the browser, in the address bar, you would type in, for example 192.168.1.1, and hit Enter.
The router will then, should then, respond.
Typically, it will ask you to login. That's where you need to specify the administrative password for the router. Once having done that, it will give you its administrative interface.
So that's my gut feel, based on the question, where things might be hanging up for you. Just make sure that you are using the right IP address and you should be fine ...or at least get a little further in the process.
Next from Answercast 18 - Is it faster to write to a drive that has lots of space than to one with less space?