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QUESTION: I just purchased a WiFi router. I have a macbook with a OS X 10.10.5 system. the instructions that I got with the router are the typical enter 192.168.8.1 into the address bar. When I follow the directions exactly as written the login screen doesn't come up on my macbook.

I have a hand-me-down Windows XP laptop, so I was able to set the router up with that, but this old PC is bound to break down and die one day, so I need to know how I can access the router, for instance if I have to reset it someday, and I no longer have the old PC to depend on. The router is a Medialink, 300 Mbps Wireless N Router.

ANSWER: Denise,
Thanks for writing!  Can you please provide a screenshot of your attempt to get the router login screen?  Command(apple)-Shift-3 will generate one.  What web browser are you using?  
Are you connected to it via an ethernet cable when setting it up?
Can you please tell me if your laptop's IP address is also in the 192.68.8.x range?

Thanks very much, we'll figure this out.

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QUESTION: Thanks for getting back to me, Ed. There's no need to create a screen shot. When I enter the 192.168.8.1 number into the address bar of the web page, instead of the router login page coming up, a page telling me that it's unable to connect comes up.

I'm able to use WiFi now on my laptop, so I don't want to try to replicate the page that comes up. I used both Firefox and Safari to get the login page to come, neither worked.

Yes, I was connected by an ethernet cable when attempting to access the router page.

On my previous router, before it finally died, it went out on me once and I was able to reconfigure the router on this same laptop, the router login screen came up when I entered 192.168.8.1 into the address bar.

For future reference, are you suggesting that entering the number 192.68.8x might work?

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Denise,
Thanks for writing back! I'm suggesting you first find out your own IP address, and then try .1 in the last octet.
http://osxdaily.com/2010/11/21/find-ip-address-mac/

If your IP address is 192.168.1.100 try logging in to the router with 192.168.1.1.

Best of luck!

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I don't answer Mac OS 9 questions anymore, thank you. Current Tech: Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8, Some shell scripting, cron, Mac OS X Server 10.2-10.6, AD-OD Integration, Automator, Word Press Blogging, All CURRENT Mac models, iLife '09 and previous, iWork '09 and previous, Apple Remote Desktop, WiFi, iOS jailbreaking/unlocking, some MS SharePoint (design, not development) Devices: iPhone(original-4s) & iPad(through 3rd gen), AppleTV(all models), Airport Express, Time Capsule Old Skool, meaning I have this experience as a base, but don't answer questions on it anymore: Mac OS Environment 7.5.3-OS 9 (please upgrade for pete's sake!), PowerBook G3/G4(all models), Mac/Windows Networking, PowerPC 604-G4 desktop models, Outlook 2001, Photoshop 7 and previous, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX Mac OS X Public Beta-10.4, all Windows Server operating systems and use. Dabbler: Newton 2100 w/ WiFi and NSync, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse Linux (PPC), Ubuntu Linux, Vista Business

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I worked in IT for ten years with a specialty in Macintosh technologies and Project Management.
I've worked with the Macintosh Operating system and various machines since my first PowerMac 8500 running Mac OS 7.5.3 in 1996. I support my friends and family in keeping their Macs healthy and upgraded. Now I use a MacBook Pro for our home media network and we're pretty much down to iPads and iPhones for daily use.
Most important: I've also worked on PCs for a number of years with various flavors of Windows(95,98,NT4,2000,2000Server,2K3Server,SBS 2K3Server,Mil,XPHome,XPPro, Vista Business), but I've always used the Mac as my platform of preference.
Publications
http://www.macwindows.com : VPNs and Outlook(2001)


Organizations
Mac OS X Certification Alliance, Linked In

Publications
http://www.macwindows.com : VPNs and Outlook


Education/Credentials
I'm an Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) through 10.4 and have the lower certs as well (ACTC for 10.1 - 10.6), an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist for 10.3 (ACHDS) and a member of the Apple Consultants Network, as well as an Apple Product Professional for 2002-2009.
I have an MCP cert. from MS as well...

Past/Present Clients
Navy Federal Credit Union (Washington, D.C.) Whole Foods Market (Mid Atlantic Region) Army Times (Washington, D.C.) Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.) Dodge Communications (ATL) ...and a plethora of All Coveredô clients throughout the United States of America (now a part of Konica Minolta)

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