Here is how to enable or change the wireless settings of an Actiontec MI 424 router:
1. Connect your computer to the router directly with an Ethernet cable.
2. Open your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
3. Type “192.168.0.1” in the address field and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
4. Type "admin" in the User Name field and "password" (or "password1") in the Password field. You will then be prompted to change the administrator password.
**If you are unable to log in after several tries, or if you do not remember what the password is, reset the router by inserting a pen or paper clip into the hole for the Reset button (next to the WAN connection port on the back of the router) and hold the button down for 10 to 20 seconds. The router should restart after doing this, but if it does not, turn the power switch to off, wait 10 seconds, and then turn it back to on. Try to log in to the router again by repeating steps 3 and 4.
5. Click on the Wireless Settings icon at the top.
6. Click on the Basic Security Settings link on the left-side menu.
7. Turn Wireless On should have the button in the ON position.
8. The SSID is the name of your network. You may change this to any value, but it is recommended that you leave it as is so that it matches what is on the sticker on the bottom of the router.
9. The Channel is set to 9 by default, but if you have any other wireless devices (e.g. a 2.4 ghz phone) that use the same frequency, you may change this to any value between 1 and 11 to help prevent interference.
10. WPA-PSK should already be selected; however, if you do not want to secure your network, or if your computer does not support WPA security, set this to OFF and skip the next step.
11. The WPA-PSK String is the password for your wireless connection. When connecting to a wireless network, this is the password (or pass key) to enter. By default it is case-sensitive with all capital letters, and the only characters are the letters A through F and the numbers 0 through 9. This will match the password that is on the sticker on the bottom of the router, but you may change this at your discretion; the only requirement is that it be at least 8 characters in length.
12. If you have made any changes to the above values, click the Apply button at the bottom of the page.
You will now have your router set up to use wireless networking. Your computer should see the network, but if it does not, power cycle both the router and your computer, and if you use a laptop, make sure the wireless switch is on. It may be necessary to contact the maker of your computer or wireless card for directions on where to enable and configure the wireless settings of your computer.
If you have a computer that requires an older WEP security password, then instead of clicking Basic Security Settings in step 6 you can click Advanced Security Settings to set up the router to use a WEP password instead of a WPA password.