How to resolve common wireless router problems

Were you in the middle of watching a good movie when suddenly you get an error telling you your wireless connection is not available? Well, that is often because a problem has occurred with your router and you need to figure out what is causing that problem. Here are some things to check for when fixing your wireless router:

-If your router is near other electronics like a Microwave oven, a house phone, a washer or dryer or just about any other electronic device it might be causing interference and decreasing your router’s signal. If you can remove any new item you have added to the router area do so and see if the router’s signal improves. If not, go into the router’s settings and change the channel.

-You might also need to change your ip address. The ip address looks something like this: Go into your router’s network settings and look for the string of numbers that look like this: 192.168.l.l.

-You may need to update your router’s firmware. Go into your router’s settings on your computer and check if there is an update.

-Sometimes unplugging all the wires on your router, waiting about ten minutes, and then replugging everything fixes everything.

So the next time you have an issue with your wireless router be sure to try the steps above. Keep in mind that if you can’t find your router’s ip address (e.g. 192.168.l.l) contact your internet provider and they can guide you through the settings.

How to Configure a CISCO 2811 2FE Router

The Cisco 2811 FE router is part of the 2800 series family. It provides up to 5 times more efficiency and 10 times more security than routers of the same class while minimizing the amount of energy that it uses.

These performance gains require that the Cisco 2811 FE router be configured in an optimal way. This guide will help you configure the basics.

1. Log In to the Router is generally the standard address used to log in to routers that are brand new. The Cisco 2811 FE may use any of the addresses between to, so multiple attempts may be needed before entering the router configuration page.

2. Change the Gateway Address

If you plan to utilize your Cisco 2811 FE router in line with other routers, then it’s generally a good idea to change the gateway address from to another address. Any non-duplicate address starting with 192.168.1 should work.

3. Install the Anyconnect VPN Software

The CCP Wizard will pop up after you log in. You can install the SSLVPN by navigating to Configure, Security, then VPN.

It will be located under the “Packages” submenu.

4. Optimize Other Settings

You should now take the time to optimize any other settings pertaining to your unique network setup. These can include VOIP settings, Quality of Service filters and the level of details for any logs.

Tips to Resolve Router IP address conflicts

When two devices on the same network try to use the same IP address, an IP address conflict occurs. Just like every house must have a different address each computer on a network must have a different IP address (such as to communicate. Here are some tips to resolve IP address conflicts.

1. Power cycle your devices. This means turning off all devices on your network, and then plugging them back in starting with your modem and router.

2. Check your network settings. Make sure all devices connected to the network are having their IP addresses automatically assigned by the internet gateway (i.e, router, modem).

3. Check your gateway settings. Log into your gateway and see how its assigning IP addresses. Are they being assigned automatically or do you have to assign them manually? Typically you want them to be assigned automatically. Is your gateway giving out enough IP addresses? If you have 20 device on your network, your gateway needs to be handing out a few more than 20 addresses.

How to Access Your Gateway
Your internet gateway is accessed by logging into a web interface. This involves going to a computer on your network and typing in the gateway IP address (typically This address can also be found by going to your command prompt and typing /ipconfig. Your gateway’s IP address will be the same or similar to You will also need a username and password which can typically be found on the bottom of your gateway.