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

by June 26, 2013
How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners’ Guide

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

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

First off, this whole tutorial might make more sense if you understand what an IP address is, because that’s a key part of this process. The easiest way to explain an IP address is to think of it just like the address of your home. Every device (computer, phone, game console, etc…) on your network has 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) deliver mail to the proper house. In the digital world, devices (homes) on a network send packets of information (mail) back and forth, just like a postman delivering mail 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 of numbers, often starting with “192.168” and ending in “.1.1” or “.0.1”), we can enter 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 of the 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 you click “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.

WindowsR          cmd start menu

     Windows + R                                      cmd in Start Menu


 Run Command

Run Window

Step 2. Type in “ipconfig” (again, don't include the "")and press enter on your keyboard. A bunch of information will show up. Scroll down until you find the “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. 

Router IP Address

Wireless Router IP Address

Step 3. Now that we know the IP address of your router, we can login to it. Open up your internet browser, 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 address of the router and press enter. Your browser will take you to the login page of your wireless router.

 

router login page

D-Link Router Login Page 

Step 4. At this point you will be asked for the username and password to login to the wireless router. 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 of common 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)

Common Default Router Login Information

If the above information does not work for you, look in your manual for the login information. 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 login information: http://www.routerpasswords.com/. If you still can’t find information on your router, just go on Google and search for the model of the router plus the phrase “login information”. You are surely not the first person to have a hard time finding the proper login info.

If you can’t login, no matter the password you use, someone may have changed the password. Worst case scenario, you have to use the “reset” button on the back of 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 to rock and roll. If you have any questions about the process, or anything to add, comment below.

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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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Recent Forum Posts:

MDS posts on August 11, 2014 17:23
jinjuku, post: 974303
I don't know if Netgear still does this super annoying thing: You couldn't hit the LAN side login page out of the box. You had to use their *wizard* or know about a certain URL to bypass the *wizard* (I use that term lightly). The other fix was to simply run a cable from the WAN port on the Netgear to a LAN port on the Netgear and then it would let you into the main/default login screen.

I've always bought Netgear routers and haven't seen that behavior in years. You can use the IP address because you know it is going to be 192.168.0.1 or use routerlogin.net. Over the years they've had other aliases too.
Moni posts on August 11, 2014 16:44
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 14:38
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 10:11
Lordhumungus, post: 974310
Is the Netgear password actually capitalized? My memory isn't what it used to be, but I'm reasonably certain the default is all lowercase.

My mistake. It's lowercase.

Fixed.
haraldo posts on June 27, 2013 06:06
BoredSysAdmin, post: 974324
And with people who are unfortunate to suffer the windows 8 - here are few additional ways to Run “cmd”
Windows 8 How To: 12. Show and Use “Run†Command - Dr. Z's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

God be with them…. they need all the best
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