Note: Occasionally, you may have to reset the IP Address on your laptop or desktop computer in order to reestablish contact with your wired or wireless network and/or with the Internet. Every computer or computer-like device that accesses the Internet must have a unique IP Address, which looks something like this: On a home wireless or wired network using a Belkin, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, etc. router, the address usually looks something like this: or Addresses that begin with 192 or 10 have been set aside for local or home networks (these addresses are not used on the Internet at large).

1) Right-click on the tiny double-monitor icon or the single monitor icon with the radiating waves on it in the “System Tray” (where the time is) in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. If you leave the mouse pointer on this icon, it will say, “Local Area Connection…” or "Wireless Network Connection X" on it.

Note: If you don’t see this icon, do the following:

1) Click on the Start button.

2) Right-click on My Network Places.

3) Click on Properties.

4) Right-click on the Local Area Connection… icon.

5) Click on Repair.

2) Click on Repair. Wait a few moments for the computer to reset the IP Address.

3) Click on Close.

4) Try connecting to the Internet or to your wired or wireless network.