Hello and thanks in advance for any help. And sorry if this seems a ridiculous question but I can't find an answer despite quite a bit of searching. It's always been my understanding that in order to access a wireless router's settings it was necessary to be connected to the router either wirelessly or with a cable, and know the (possibly default) user name and password. Hence, in order to access a wireless router's settings when the router's signal is password protected it would be necessary to either know the wireless password or have access to the physical router. However, I just read this (emphasis mine):
Q: My wireless home network is password-protected, but a colleague at work told me it could still be vulnerable to hackers unless I also have a password for my router (which is connected to my Windows 7 computer). Is he right?
A: Your colleague is spot on. If you don't password-protect your router, anyone can get access to it and discover your network password. So it behooves you to give your router a password.
To do that, you'll have to access your router settings. In Windows 7, press the Windows (Start) button, type "cmd.exe" in the search box at the bottom and hit enter. This will open a command window, where you need to type "ipconfig" and hit enter. The information that appears will include a "default gateway" consisting of a series of numbers separated by periods, like 192.168.1.2. That's your router's IP address. If you enter it in the address bar of your browser and hit enter, you'll get a log-in window for your router.
There are only a handful of IP addresses for home routers, and most routers come with default user IDs and passwords, the most common of which are "admin" for the ID and either "admin" or "password" for the password. Moreover, you can log in to a router from any Wi-Fi-enabled computer within range of your wireless network. So you can see that accessing an unprotected router isn't all that difficult.
Once you've logged in, go to the administration page in the router settings and change the router's password. Then you can breathe easy.
here (http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Mobile-speech-recognition-can-give-thumbs-a-rest-5452594.php). Is the above true and, if so, how exactly would one access the router's settings if they had neither the wireless password nor access to the physical router? I'm at a loss for understanding. Thanks again for your time :-) .
Edited by LouieChuckyMerry, 06 May 2014 - 02:42 AM.