How Do I Access DSL Modem Settings?

By Greyson Ferguson

A DSL modem allows computers to have high-speed Internet capabilities via their connection with the DSL modem. Through the lifetime of your DSL modem, you may find it necessary to access the settings for the device because of a computer upgrade or perhaps another computer or router has been added to the network.

Find the URL

Accessing the DSL modem settings is a little different than accessing other hardware settings. You don't actually go to a place on the hard drive and adjust the settings. You actually have to enter a specific URL into your Web browser. This URL is connected to your modem and unlocks the settings. This URL address can be found in the manual that came with the device. If you can't find the user manual, you may have to navigate to the product's parent website and find the URL by searching for your particular DSL modem model. Each model will usually have a different URL.

Opening the Settings

Once you have secured your URL address, you are all set to open the DSL modem settings. To start, make sure the DSL modem is connected to the computer and the device is powered on. Launch the Web browser you use on the computer; it does not matter what browser it is, whether it be Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. In the search bar at the top of the screen, type in the URL. It will typically look like "http://192.184.2.1" or something similar. Hit "Enter" and you will be brought to the settings page for your DSL modem.

Adjusting Your Settings

Once you have accessed the settings information for your DSL modem, you will be able to adjust and manipulate many different features. You can designate that it will be used by multiple computers or the type of computer it is (PC or Mac). You can also tinker with the Internet speed as well as a few other settings. Once you have everything set to your liking, click the "OK" button at the bottom of the screen. The settings will be saved. If you ever need to change these settings again, just retype the URL in the Web engine's search bar and adjust to your liking.