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How to log in to your router

Taylor Gadsden

Jan 28, 2021 — 3 min read

Secure your home network at the source.

man logging into router

Believe it or not, your router is not a “set it and forget it” type of device. Your Wi-Fi router is the mecca for your home network’s most important settings. Here’s how to log in to yours and what you can control once you gain access. 

Why log in to your Wi-Fi router?

  • Change your network name and password: TESCE423758768 seemed like a perfectly suitable name for your Wi-Fi network initially. When you’re ready to switch up the default name and password, you can do so by logging into the device. 
  • Change your router login: This is the login information you’ll need in order to log in to your router. Update as soon as possible from the default for network security.
  • Choose your security level: Select the best security mode to protect your sensitive information from watchful eyes. 
  • Select a channel: Put those dual channels on your device to good use. Choose between the 2.4 and 5 GHz channels to transmit data or set your router to automatically find the best channel.

How to log in to your router?

There are multiple ways to log in to a router depending on the brand but there are commonalities between every popular manufacturer that we can look to for the basics. 

You’ll need your router login information as well as your IP address in order to complete your login. 

  1. Launch a web browser like Google Chrome, Edge or Safari. 
  2. Type your IP address into the search bar and press Enter.
  3. Your router’s login page will appear. Type in your default username and password unless you’ve already changed it to a unique one. 

What if I don’t know my login credentials?

If you don’t know your default login information, you may find it in the user’s manual. Some systems also provide a password recovery feature similar to those on your email and social media. Be sure you’re in close proximity to your device in case they ask for information located at the bottom of your router like the serial number. 

Big brands often have general rules for how users may go about logging in to their devices.

How to login to your Netgear router

To log in to a Netgear router you won’t usually need the IP address at all. 

  1. Go to http://www.routerlogin.com to get to the login page. 
  2. The username for Netgear devices is typically admin and the password is password.
  3. Choose Wireless on the homepage menu to change your router settings.

How to log into your Asus router

You can locate the IP address of your Asus router by going to an index of Asus router models and locating your model.

  1. Type your IP address to your web browser to get to your router login page.
  2. The default username and password for Asus devices are typically admin

Go to Wireless Settings on the left side to edit your router settings.

How to log in to your Linksys router

Linksys routers usually use the IP address:

  1. Type into your web browser search and press Enter. 
  2. The default login information for Linksys uses the username: Access Router and the password: admin as the default.
  3. Choose Basic Wireless Settings from the Wireless option in the general menu to edit settings as you please. 

As you can see, the default login information initially assigned to your equipment is general and widespread knowledge. It’s best to change these credentials as soon as possible in order to secure your home network.

Taylor Gadsden

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Taylor Gadsden

Writer, Broadband Content

Taylor is a veteran member of the Allconnect content team and has spearheaded a number of projects, including a data piece on the top fiber cities in the U.S. and a troubleshooting guide on how to connect your p… Read more

Shannon Ullman

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Shannon Ullman

Editor, Broadband Content

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