Your router stores the settings for your home Wi-Fi network. So if you want to change something, you must log in to the router software, also known as firmware. From there, you can rename your network, change the password, adjust the security level, create a guest network, and configure or change a variety of other options. But how do you get into your router to make these changes?
You log into the router's firmware via a web browser. All browsers will do. Enter the address of the address on your router in the address bar. Most routers use an address on 192.168.1.1. But it is not always so, so first you want to confirm the address of your router.
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Close the command prompt by typing exit at the prompt or clicking "X" on the pop-up. Enter your router's IP address in the address bar of your browser and press Enter. You are asked to enter a user name and password to access the router's firmware. This is either the default username and password for your router or a unique username and password that you may have created when configuring the router.
If you created a unique user name and password, and you remember what they are, then it is good. Just enter them in the appropriate fields, and your router's firmware settings are displayed. You can now change which elements you want, usually screen by screen. On each screen you may need to apply some changes before moving to the next screen. When done, you may be asked to log in again to your router. Once you have done so, just close your browser.
It may not sound too hard, but there is a catch. What happens if you do not know the username and password to log in to your router? Many routers use a standard user name for admin and a default password for passwords . You can try to see if they take you in.
If not, some routers offer a password recovery feature. If this applies to your router, this option should be displayed if you enter the wrong user name and password. Usually, this window will ask for your router's serial number, which you will find on the bottom or side of the router.
Can't still enter? Then you have to dig the default user name and password for your router. Your best bet is to run a web search for the name of your router followed by the phrase default username and password for example "netgear router default username and password" or "linksys router default username and password."
Search results should display the default username and password. Now try logging into your router with these standard information. Hopefully it will get you in. If not, then it probably means you or someone else changed the default username and password at some point in time. In that case, you can simply reset the router so that all settings return to their default settings. You will usually find a small reset button on your router. Use a pointed object such as a pencil or a paper clip to press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. Then release the button.
You should now be able to log in to your router with the default username and password. You can change the network name, network password, and security level. You should also go through each screen to see if there are other settings you want to change. Documentation and built-in help should be available to help you with these screens if you are not sure how to set them up. Most current or latest routers also have installation guides that can take care of any of this work for you.
The process of logging into your router should be the same if you use your internet service provider's router or purchased your own router. It should also be the same if you are using a dedicated router or a combination modem / router provided by your provider.
Finally, you can and should change and change the router's user name and password from the default values. This protects your router so you can only access firmware. Just remember the new references so you don't have to fight to find them or eventually restore the router in the future.
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