How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners’ Guide

How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners’ GuideHow to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners' Guide

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Cliff Heyne

June 26, 2013

How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners’ Guide

There are a number of reasons you might need to login to awireless router. Probably the two most common are firmware updates and basic wirelessnetwork adjustments. Whatever the reason, the process is quick and easy. Thistutorial guides you through 4 fool-proof steps to login to any router (exceptApple routers, just download and run AirPort Utility, it willdo the magic for you). Learn these steps and you’ll be well on your way tobecoming a Google executive.

First off, this whole tutorial might make more sense if youunderstand what an IP address is, because that’s a key part of this process. Theeasiest way to explain an IP address is to think of it just like the address ofyour home. Every device (computer, phone, game console, etc…) on your networkhas its own IP address, just like each home on your street has its own address.One of the reasons your home has an address is to help postmen (and women) delivermail to the proper house. In the digital world, devices (homes) on a networksend packets of information (mail) back and forth, just like a postman deliveringmail to your home. We need to find out the IP address of your wireless router,so we can locate it on the network. Once we know the IP address (a string ofnumbers, often starting with “192.168” and ending in “.1.1” or “.0.1”), we canenter that number into a web browser and login to the router.

Step 1. Press the“Windows” key and the “R” key on your keyboard simultaneously (This portion ofthe tutorial is written specifically for Windows based computers). The“Windows” key usually has a picture of the windows logo. This will bring up the “Run” window. In the text field type in “cmd” (don’t include the “”)and click “OK”. Once youclick “OK”, a new window will pop up. If this method isn’t working for you, an alternate method is to type “cmd” into the start menu search bar and then press enter.

Windows + R cmd in Start Menu

Run Window

Step 2. Type in “ipconfig” (again, don’t include the “”)and press enter onyour keyboard. A bunch of information will show up. Scroll down until you findthe “Default Gateway” line. The string of numbers at the end of the line(192.168.0.1 in this example) is the IP address of the router.

Wireless Router IP Address

Step 3. Now that weknow the IP address of your router, we can login to it. Open up your internetbrowser, most people use Firefox, Internet Explorer (a.k.a. Windows Exploder),or Chrome. In the address bar at the top of the screen, type in the IP addressof the router and press enter. Your browser will take you to the login page ofyour wireless router.

D-LinkRouter Login Page

Step 4. At thispoint you will be asked for the username and password to login to the wirelessrouter. This is not the same password as the one to join your wireless network.This password is almost always left at the default setting. Below is a table ofcommon default router login credentials.

Manufacturer

Username

Password

Netgear

admin

password

Linksys

admin

admin

Linksys

(none)

admin

Belkin

admin

(none)

Belkin

(none)

(none)

D-Link

admin

(none)

D-Link

admin

admin

Buffalo

Root

(none)

CommonDefault Router Login Information

If theabove information does not work for you, look in your manual for the logininformation. If you don’t have a manual, find the model number of your router(on the box or router itself) and use this website to find the logininformation: http://www.routerpasswords.com/. If youstill can’t find information on your router, just go on Google and search forthe model of the router plus the phrase “login information”. You are surely notthe first person to have a hard time finding the proper login info.

If youcan’t login, no matter the password you use, someone may have changed thepassword. Worst case scenario, you have to use the “reset” button on the backof the router to reset the unit to default settings, then retry the above steps.Know that resetting the router will change ALL settings back to default,including your wireless name (SSID) and password.

Bam! You should be logged into you router and ready torock and roll. If you have any questions about the process, or anything to add, comment below.

See also:

How to Add Wireless to Ethernet Only Equipment

7 Tips to Boost Wireless Speed, Range, and Reliability

About the author:

Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a “Ma & Pa” shop in Mankato, MN.

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MDS posts on August 11, 2014 18:23

Moni posts on August 11, 2014 17:44

Hey,Your explanation was so thorough, thanks, I managed to login to my router. I’d like to add my phone to the trusted devices, but I can’t find such a command. All the other devices have been added by someone else and I was only watching, and now I can’t remember how they did it.Would you please explain me how to do this? Thanks!!Moni

jinjuku posts on June 27, 2013 15:38

To see the routing table in Windows it’s: route print. I’ve put in several NIC cards in a windows machine back in the day (NT) and turned it into a router in an emergency.

Cliff_is posts on June 27, 2013 11:11

haraldo posts on June 27, 2013 07:06

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