Today I have installed my new Netgear router, and to be more specific it is the DG834PN model from the Wireless Rangemax series.
It is a great product, with excellent Wi-Fi support, a comprehensive settings menu and a cool design.
However I had the following annoying problem.
I didn’t complete the setup wizard, I went on and set all settings manually, even before the ADSL connection has been activated.
Thus, when the ADSL became alive, I got normally connected to the Internet.
And at that time I have been locked out of the router’s admin/settings home page.
Whenever I was typing http://192.168.0.1/ on the browser (Firefox 2.0 or IE7), the page was redirecting to http://www.routerlogin.com which is a domain owned by Netgear.
The solution that was suggested by the Netgear’s support page, was to reset the router to the factory settings.
Anyway I didn’t do that, because I would lose my settings, and the problem could be repeated as well.
So how did i fix the problem?
I opened the XP hosts file, and did a manual insert there.
The hosts file is located at: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
The entry was: 192.168.0.1 http://www.routerlogin.net
You might need to flush your DNS records at this point, or simply restart your computer.
And then use the following URL to access the admin page:
Here is another solution to the problem, which is a fairly straight-forward way to disable the annoying wizard.
Type in your browser:
Select: Disable Configuration Assistant, and click on Apply.
You can re-enable it by navigating to http://192.168.0.1/CA_HiddenPage.htm (where 192.168.0.1 is your router’s IP address)