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Learn about the router and the setup and login processes for it.

If you, like many people, connect wirelessly to the internet at home or work, you are using a router. Your router controls your home WiFi network, including its security and parental controls. Therefore, if you want to make any changes to your setup, you will need to know how to log into a router.

Why would you want to access your router?

You might want to change three main categories of settings to learn how to log in to the router.

Update security settings:

Updating security contexts is a principal reason to log in to a router. These include, but are not limited to:

Router login: 

Your router came with a default password set by the manufacturer. Since these passwords are easy for anyone to find, it is essential to change them as soon as possible. Likewise, you should change the router login password if you have a security breach.

WiFi password: 

This password let members of your household and trusted guests log in to your home wireless network. Change it periodically, especially if you suspect someone is stealing your WiFi.

Security mode: 

Routers have different security modes to encrypt your data. Many routers default to Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) security mode or even ship with encryption completely turned off. If available, you will want to use Wireless Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2 for better security.

Correct network settings:

Another reason you may want to log in to your router is to modify its network settings, such as:

Network name: 

The default network name, or Service Set Identifier (SSID), is generic. It is identical or similar to the SSID of all routers from your manufacturer. To personalize your network or distinguish it from your neighbors’ network, you will want to change its name.


Depending on your hardware, your router may be able to broadcast on both the 2.4 GHz WiFi band and the 5 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz band has 11 available channels in North America, while the 5 GHz band has dozens. Still, if you and your neighbour happen to be broadcasting on the same channel, interference can slow down both networks. You may want to log in to your router to change the channel.

Other settings

Depending on the specific router you have, there may be additional settings you would like to change, such as parental controls. Refer to your router manual for more information on available options.

How to login to your router

Every router is different, so you will need to follow the specific steps for your make and model. Logging into any router, though, requires you to know two basic pieces of information.

Router login

You cannot log in to your router if you do not know its login password. If you have not changed it, you can find the default login for most routers at https://www.routerpasswords.com/.

Just click on the dropdown menu and scroll down to your router manufacturer

Then click ‘Find My Password.’

On the next screen, scroll down to find your specific router model.

If you have changed your login and cannot remember it, you can reset your router to its factory defaults. Look for a reset button somewhere on the bottom or back of the router. Note that this will clear all your personalized settings.

Router IP

The other information you need to know is the router’s internet protocol (IP) address. To find this on a Windows PC, start a command prompt. In Windows 10, the easiest way to do this is to type the letters cmd into Cortana and hit Enter.

 If you are using Windows 7, you will need to click Start, then Search for Programs and Files. Type cmd and hit Enter. When you have the command prompt box opens, type IP config and hit Enter. Look for a line under Ethernet, WiFi, or Wireless LAN Adapter that says “Default Gateway.

The numbers that appear on that line, including the dots between them, make up your router IP. It should look like or similar. Write down that sequence of numbers and dots.

On a Mac:

Click on System Preferences.

Then network

Then advanced


The number you see there is the router’s IP. The IP will not change whether you are on a Windows PC or a Mac.

How to log in to three popular routers

There is a different specific process to log in to each manufacturer’s routers, though they are all fairly similar. Here we will provide step-by-step instructions for logging in to NETGEAR, Linksys, and Asus routers.

NETGEAR router login

Step 1: Open your web browser.

Step 2: Type in your router’s IP address or http://www.routerlogin.net or http://www.routerlogin.com and hit Enter.

Step 3: If you get a popup warning that the connection is not secure, double check the address and then click OK.

Step 4: Enter your username and password – either the default login or whatever you previously changed it to.

Linksys router login

Step 1: Open a web browser.

Step 2: Type in your router’s IP address and hit Enter.

Step 3: Enter your username and password, which is the default log-in unless you have already changed it.

Asus router log-in

Step 1: Open your web browser.

Step 2: Type in your router’s IP address

Step 3: Enter your username and password, which may be the default or something you chose.


How do I access my router? In a web browser, type in the router’s IP address and hit enter.

How do I log into my router setup page? Type in either the default username and password or the username and password you set up.

How do I change my home WiFi password? Log into your router and go to security settings.

Where can I find the default login for my router? Go to https://www.routerpasswords.com/ and select your router manufacturer. Scroll down to find the login information for your specific model.

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Your router controls your home wireless network, so you will need to access it from time to time. Although the specifics of logging in are different for each model, the steps are similar enough for you to find your way through.

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