To reconfigure the settings of a wireless router by using an IP address, a user can type the address into the search field of a Web browser to access the settings panel and make the necessary changes. The IP address depends on the type and brand of the wireless router.
A user can find out the IP address of his wireless router by perusing the documentation that comes with the device, looking at the label located at the bottom of the router or running a command prompt. On computers that run Windows XP or a newer Windows operating system, the command prompt can be accessed by pressing R while holding down the Start key, typing in “cmd” and pressing Enter. Once the command prompt window becomes active, a user can type in “ipconfig”, press Enter and find the IP address by looking at the series of four numbers listed under the IPv4 Address entry.
Before gaining access to the wireless router parameters, a user has to input the username and password. By default, the username and the password are admin, although these entries may vary depending on the router. Regardless of the brand, most wireless router settings panels offer the same options, including security, statistics, MAC filtering and port forwarding. For inexperienced users, there is a Quick Setup option that automates the router configuration.