How to Log In to Your Router

You may think the process of accessing your router’s settings is very complicated, but it actually is very simple. Using our help, you’ll be able to switch your network settings, change Wi-Fi passwords, and update your firmware within minutes.

Here is a simple guide to setting up your router.

You need to connect to your router

Two methods of connecting to your router are available: wireless or via wired connections. You’re already connected to your router if you’re using your home internet right now.

Find out your router’s default IP address

While it is the most technical step in the whole process, it isn’t difficult. Fortunately, your router may already have what you need. One such example is the web address that Router provides on its bottom. That’s all you need to do, just put it into a web browser.

In cases where the router’s IP address or URL isn’t printed on the device, you’ll need to figure it out by hand. A simple way to find the default IP address for a router is to search for “[router model] default IP” on a search engine. We will outline below how to get the address if you cannot find it.

Furthermore, many routers today come with mobile apps for managing their settings, such as the TP-Link app or the Xfinity app. They typically display the IP address of the router. This information is available in Advanced Settings > Local Network Settings, for instance, in the Linksys app.

How to find your router’s IP address in Windows

Step 1: Click the Start button and choose Power User.

Step 2: Your screen displays a Windows PowerShell window. Press Enter to type “ipconfig”.

Step 3. You will see a number next to Default Gateway that you need to write down. For you to access your router’s settings, you will need its private IP address.

Log in with a web browser

Having your router’s IP address, you can now load your favorite web browser into the address bar and type (or paste) the IP address. Upon clicking the button, a window will appear with the login page for your router.

Default credentials are needed if you’re logging in for the first time. A user manual for your router, a label attached to the device, or an internet search will tell you where to find this information.

If you’re having trouble accessing your router, try this first:

User name: admin

Password: password

It’s worth a shot if you aren’t sure what your login information is off the top of your head since many routers use this combo as their default username and password. You can make it more challenging to guess once you’ve entered by changing it when you get inside.