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Wireless Router Login. Easy directions.
Most common wireless router login user names and passwords:
Accessing the routers administrative settings.
To make changes to the settings inside a router, routers have built-in web servers inside of them. If you type in the router's IP address into your web browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, etc.), it will provide a "web site" for you to access the settings inside of it such as the wireless settings.
As a general rule, you want to use a computer that is hardwired directly to the router itself and avoid doing this with a computer only connected by wireless.
The most commonly used IP's for routers are:
Go ahead and key the first number into your web browser and see if you get a request to log in. If not, try the second number and see it that does it. Some routers will also bring you to their log in screen if you key in routerlogin.net.
Hopefully you were able to reach the login screen using the information above and it should prompt you to enter a user name and password to log in. Go ahead and try some of the defaults listed.
Help! I can't access my router typing in the IP Addresses you provided.
In Windows, the ipconfig command can be used to see what your routers IP is. You have to be at the DOS or Command Window first. Here is how you get there and run the command:
- Click your Start Button.
- Click on Run. If your version of Windows does not have Run, do this in the search box. You want to type CMD and press Enter.
- You should now be at a screen with a black background and white letters.
- Type in ipconfig and press Enter.
You should now be getting something that looks like this:
Help! The default login user names and passwords are not working.
If it tried to login a couple of times and it sent you to another page stating the login has failed, just rerun the IP Address again in the browser window and it should start asking again.
If you were able to make it to the routers log in page but can not successfully log in using the common user name and passwords I provided, it may be because:
- The model router you have uses a different default login. I would recommend visiting portforward.com to see what the default log in is for your specific model.
- When the wireless router was set up or accessed last, someone changed the log in from its default settings and changed it to a custom user name and password. If you are locked out of the router and this is the case, you will need to press and hold in the reset button on the back of the router for about 20 seconds or so. This reset button is usually found inside a small hole on the back of the router and requires a toothpick or paperclip to push it in. This will put all settings, including the log in, back to the factory default as if it was new out of the box. You can then try the defaults I listed or check with portforward.com website again.
- If your router is built into your modem that belongs to your ISP (a modem/router combo unit), your ISP may have set a unique login. I would recommend contacting them for assistance.
Logged into the wireless router.
Inside the wireless router there are many settings that you may want to change. The layout, menu and terms used inside the administrative pages vary from router manufacturer to router manufacturer so it can be tricky to find what you are looking for in there.
Generally to access and view or change the wireless network name and security key (wireless password):
You would want to look for Wireless or Wireless Settings. Once you find and click on that menu option, look for Primary Network or Encryption, again depending on who made your router. If you can view the SSID (Wireless Network Name) and security key or pass-phrase on this page. If the Security Key or Pre-Shared Key is a bunch of dots or asterisks, if there is a check box that says Show Characters or Show Key and you check it, you should now be able to read what is in there.
Some routers will not let you view what is in that field. If that is the case, you would have to change it to something new and update every device in the house that connects to wireless with the security key or pass-phrase.
Now that you know your SSID and your Pre-Shared Key, you should be able to connect wireless devices to your wireless router. Sometimes, the wireless device asks for a PIN instead. This is not the same as your Pre-Shared Key.
Increase your wireless performance.
Before you log out of your router, please visit my other hub on improving wireless performance for suggestions and settings to make sure you get the fastest speed possible from your wireless.
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