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Setting up your wireless router with your broadband details

This step-by-step guide shows you how to set up your router using the account details from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

This is whoever you pay for your internet service, including companies like BT or Talk Talk.

The diagrams we use show a Netgear router, so yours might not look exactly the same. However, the principles will work whatever brand of router you have.

It’s a good idea to keep the paperwork for your router handy, just in case the details here don’t exactly match your equipment.

    • Open an internet browser window and type the router IP address into the address bar. Then press ENTER.

Router addresses:

    • The login window will ask you for a username and password. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password”.

Default usernames and passwords:

Username Password
Linksys Left blank Admin
D-link Admin Left blank
Belkin Left blank Left blank
  • Click Setup Wizard in the top left hand corner. It will ask you if you want it to detect the type of internet connection. Select Yes, and then click Next.
  • The Setup Wizard will detect your internet connection. It will also detect DSL connections that need a password for you to log in. It calls these PPoE. Click Next.
  • Use the username and password your ISP have given you. Click Apply.
  • The router will save all the settings you’ve typed in. You can check it’s all working by looking at the Router status > Maintenance menu.
  • Make sure you have a valid IP address showing on the Internet Port assigned by your ISP. It shouldn’t be blank, or read

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