This article will show you how to login to your router setup page. It applies equally to wired, wireless, cable and ADSL (telephone broadband) routers.
In order to configure a router or change settings (e.g. the WiFi password) you will need to browse to your router’s configuration pages and login – almost like a mini website.
So, instead of typing the name of an external website like www.google.com into your web browser, you will need to type in the IP address of your router e.g. 192.168.0.1 and login to the setup page.
What Is My Router IP Address?
If you don’t know it already, we explain how to find this out in our article on how to Find Router IP Address.
Once you know have the IP address of your router, you can access its configuration pages as follows:
How To Login To The Router Setup Page
Open your web browser and, in the address bar, type in your router IP address including the dots e.g. 192.168.1.1 (do not type www. or http) then press ENTER.
This should display a window asking you to login with either the admin username and password of your router or else just the password.
Type in the username (if required) and the password then click Login (or OK or ENTER or similar, depending upon the make of router). Your router configuration page should now appear and you can proceed to set up the router or change settings.
Don’t Know The Username or Password?
The default admin username and password should be detailed in the instruction manual that came with your router, or you can try searching for a free online user manual in PDF format.
However, if the router was provided by your broadband provider, these details may be written somewhere on the router itself (usually a label on the back or underneath). If not, you could contact your broadband provider to find out what they are.
If you still can’t find them, try visiting RouterPasswords and select the router manufacturer then click ‘Find Password’ to show a list of routers by that manufacturer with their default admin username and password.
If your particular model is not shown, try the username and password from a different model by the same manufacturer.
Tip: Manufacturers often use the same admin username and/or password for most of their routers aimed at home users e.g. D-Link typically use ‘admin’ and ‘admin’ while Netgear typically use ‘admin’ and ‘password’.
Username Or Password Still Don’t Work?
If you can’t login with the default router username or password, someone may have previously accessed your router configuration pages and changed the default password to something else.
If that person cannot tell you the current password then you may have no choice but to reset the router back to default factory settings – see the next section.
Doing this will change the username and/or password back to their default values i.e. as if the router was brand new. Once back to default values, you should easily be able to find out what the password is, per the section above.
How To Reset A Router to Factory Settings
By resetting your router back to factory settings you will lose the current configuration so you may have to set up the router again before you can access the internet.
Note that the wireless network name and password will also be reset to those of the original network. You may have to reconnect to the network, using the default WiFi password – which you may not know until you are able to access the router setup page…
For this reason, it’s best to connect a PC/laptop via Ethernet (cable) to the router, rather than WiFi, before resetting the router.
Most routers can be reset to factory settings as follows:
- Make sure the router is switched on.
- Look for a small hole or recessed button (usually found at the back of the router) marked ‘Reset’ or similar.
- Use a pen or small pointed object (if neccessary) to press and hold down the reset button for up to 30 seconds to reset the router to default factory settings.
- The lights on the router will usually go out or start flashing when the reset takes place – you can then release the button.
Once the router is reset you may need to login and set up the router before you can access the internet again or connect via wireless.