Your router stores the settings for your home Wifi network . If you want to change something on your network, you have to log into your router’s software, also known as firmware. From there, you can rename your network, modify the password, adjust the security level, create a guest network, and set up or alter a variety of other options. But how do you first get into your router to make those changes?
The process for logging into your router should be the same whether you use your internet provider’s router or you purchased your own router. It should also be the same whether you use a dedicated router or a combination modem/router.
Find Your Router’s IP Address
You log into your router’s firmware through a browser. Any browser will do. At the address field, type the IP address of your router. Most routers use an address of 192.168.1.1. But that’s not always the case, so first you want to confirm the address of your router.
If you need to find your router’s IP address, type cmd in the search window and press Enter to open the command prompt. Type ipconfig in the command prompt and press Enter to run the command. Scroll until you see a setting for Default Gateway under Ethernet or Wi-Fi. That’s your router, and the number next to it is your router’. Now type your router’s IP address in your browser’s address field and press Enter.
If you never changed the router’s login to begin with, many routers use a default username of admin and a default password of password. You can try those to see if they work, otherwise your best bet is to do a web search for the default username and password of the brand name of your router.