Setting up router for my old dad

  Pineman100 09:59 11 Aug 2011

My 96-year-old father uses a very elderly XP computer, which is painfully slow and clunky, and the optical drive has failed. He connects to his ISP (Tiscali/Talk Talk) using a cheap old Tiscali modem.

I have an old (but not nearly as old as his) XP desktop, together with a Belkin 54G router that I recently made redundant by changing to a BT Home Hub. So I'm going to pass my old kit on to my dad. I've done a reformat and clean reinstall of Windows XP on the computer.

That's the background. My question relates to the installation of my Belkin router for my dad. I previously used the router to connect to my Tiscali account, and he will be connecting to the same ISP. However, I'm pretty hazy about what procedure I will have to follow, in order to set up the router on his broadband connection.

It'll be an ethernet connection, so there's no wi-fi involved, but could someone please talk me through the changes that I'll have to make on the computer and on the router?

Many thanks for any advice.

  Pineman100 11:22 11 Aug 2011


  mgmcc 11:30 11 Aug 2011

"I previously used the router to connect to my Tiscali account, and he will be connecting to the same ISP."

If that's the case, it should only be necessary to change the Username and Password in the router settings. Nothing needs to be done in the PC as it will get its internet access over the Network from the router.

  spuds 11:46 11 Aug 2011

As previously stated, it should be a simple case of changing the password and username, and possibly the account details.

If you are not to sure, then Tiscali/TalkTalk support will talk you through it. I found them very helpful, when my router was disconnecting, and I was unable to locate the reason. You could also check the TalkTalk support and question- answer pages on the internet, on how to set-up a router/modem.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:58 11 Aug 2011
  Pineman100 14:00 11 Aug 2011

Thanks very much for your answers. I was certainly hoping that, as the router previously connected to Tiscali, there would be minimal changes required.

Fruit Bat /\0/\ - that's such a useful link, thank you! I don't know why I didn't find it myself, when I looked at TT's support website.

  Pineman100 11:43 02 Sep 2011

Just in case anyone else is interested, I thought I would report back on this topic.

As mgmcc and spuds said, setting up the router for my dad was a doddle. As it had previously been used to access Tiscali, it was simply a matter of opening the router's control panel and changing the username and password. Job done.

Again in case anyone needs it, the IP address for the Belkin router is

Thanks again for your help, everyone.

  sheraz.civnom 12:29 02 Sep 2011

Change user name and password will work fine and if you were using static IP address on your router you will alos need to change it for DHCP.

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