There are many reasons why you would want to change the configuration of your router. It is worth noting that every router is different. Sometimes even routers made by the same manufacturer will use different configuration tools depending on the model. So if you are asking yourself the question “How do I get into my router?,” the answer can be found in the owner’s manual. If you no longer have the manual, you can always check the manufacturer website.
Accessing Your Router Settings
If you are wondering “How do I get into my router?,” the good news is that routers of today provide an administration Control Panel accessible through your web browser. You can connect to it as if you are browsing a website. Here are the steps for accessing your router’s Control Panel.
- Connect to your local network. Make sure that you are connected to your LAN when accessing your router interface. It can either be wireless, wired, or through your router’s Ethernet ports.
- Open a new browser window. You can use any of the popular browsers. From there, type the IP address of your router on the address bar. It can be any of the following:
If none of them works, consult your manual. Some routers have a special local address that can allow you to access your router’s web interface. You can also check your computer’s network hardware.
- Log in to the web interface. If you are able to access the interface, you will be prompted to login. When asked, enter your administrator username and password. This is not similar to the password you use to connect to your network. Again, you can look it up on your manual. It can also be printed on the router itself. While most manufacturers will create a unique login detail for each router, some will use a default password. If you still cannot figure it out, try one of the traditional default combinations. If you are able to input the correct administrator username and password, you will now be able to access the router’s web interface. From there, you can do all the configurations you want for your router.
A word of caution. If you modify something that you do not understand, you might accidentally disable or degrade the performance of your network. Make sure to write down any changes you have made on the router settings. Record them in a text file so you can refer to them in the future if needed.