Your router saves the settings for your home Wi-Fi network. If you want to change anything on your network, then you have to log into your router's software that is known as firmware. In this way, you have an option to rename your network, change the password, adjust the security level, generate a guest network, as well as set up or alter a variety of other options. Here we will discuss how can you first get into your router to make these kinds of changes?
The process for logging into your router must be the same as you use your internet provider's router or you bought your router. It must be the same as you use a dedicated router or a combination modem/router supplied by your internet provider as well.
Find the Router's IP Address
You log into your router's firmware through a browser. Any browser will find it for you. There you will type the IP address of your router at the address bar. However, that's not always the case, that's why first you should confirm the address of your router.
Suppose you want to find your router's IP address, type "cmd" in the search window. Click on the Enter button to open the command prompt. Then type ipconfig in the command prompt. Press Enter to run the command. Furthermore, Scroll until you a setting for Default Gateway appear under Ethernet or Wi-Fi. That is your router, and the number next to it is your router's IP address. Now type the IP address of your router in the address field of your browser. Then press Enter hand to hand.
Username and Password
You will be asked to enter a username and password to access your router's firmware. It could be either the default username and password for your router.
Otherwise, a unique username and password would be generated by you when you set up the router.
If you generated your username and password, start login with these credentials now to see your router's firmware settings. In case, you don't remember your login information, or you never changed these credentials from the unit's default, the process may become a little more complicated.
Password Recovery Features
Few routers provide a password-recovery feature. If it is true of your router, this option would have appeared if you enter the wrong username and password several numbers of times. On the other hand, the window will ask for your router's serial number that you can easily find on the bottom or side of the router.
Most of the routers use a default username of admin and a default password if you never changed the router's login to start with. You can try these steps to see if they work or not. Else, the best option is to do a web search to get the default username and password of the brand name of your router. There is also an option to search a database for your particular router model's default login personal information. Once you get the correct login credentials, you can try logging into your router now.
In case you still are not able to log into your router's firmware, it's the right time to reset the device to revert all settings to their defaults. Furthermore, you will usually get a mini reset button on your router. Use a pointed object such as a pen or paper clip, for pushing in and hold the reset button for around a few seconds. I this way, you will now be able to log into your router by using the default username and password.
Change Router Settings
Once you get access to the router's firmware, you are allowed to change whatever elements required to be changed. It includes network name and password, or the security level too. Parental controls can be implemented from the router's main screen, as well as a guest network can be generated.
Furthermore, attached devices can be managed as well. Do remember to apply any changes before you move onto the next screen. Documentation with built-in help must be available to assist you. You will get help with these settings if you are not sure how to set them. The latest or newest routers also have setup wizards that can take care of a few of this labor for you.
Change Router Login
The better option is that change your router's username and password from their default values. It will efficiently secure your router so only you can access the firmware. You can change both the username and password with some routers. However, in other routers, you are allowed to change the password only, but the username is somehow stuck as admin.
Look for an option while changing the password that is formerly available under the Administration tab. Furthermore, the screen will probably ask for your current router password. When you enter that, it will ask you to enter a new password. Keep remembering the general recommendations to create a secure password.