How To Access Your Router – The Ultimate Guide

To login to your router write 192.168.1.1 in any browser and then login with the username "admin" and the password "password".

At work, I often log into routers, and over the years I have dealt with a lot of problems surrounding this. 

Now I share my experience with you about how I as a network engineer access routers, and how to troubleshoot potential issues with doing so.

So keep reading to learn how to login to your router. 

How To Access Your Router

To log in to your router follow these steps

  1. Make sure you have connected your device to the your routers internet.
  2. Type in 192.168.1.1 in any web browser and press enter (if that doesn’t work try 10.0.0.1 or 192.168.0.1).
  3. Log in using the username “admin” and the password “password” (try “admin” as password if it doesn’t work)

If any of these steps didn’t work. Then you can read more about potential issues for every step below. 

Can’t Connect To Your Wi-Fi

If you need to login into your router because you must change the Wi-Fi password you have a problem. Because for you to be able to login to your router’s admin panel, that device needs to have a connection to the router. Here are some things you can do to solve the problem. 

Check the Router

If no one has changed the Wi-Fi password since the router was new then the password will be on a sticker on your router. Usually on the bottom of the router or on its back. If someone has changed the password and you don’t remember what it is then you have two other options. 

Use an Ethernet Cable

The first one is to use an ethernet cable to connect a device to your router. This is the easiest option as you only need an ethernet cable and a device that you can connect it to.

Factory Reset the Router

Reset Button Router

If you don’t have any of the two you can also factory reset your router. This will reset the router to its factory settings and the password on the sticker will now work. Keep in mind that this will disconnect all the devices connected to the router.

To reset a router find the small hidden button in the router and press it in for around 10 seconds using a toothpick or a needle. [1]

For a more detailed guide, check out how to reset your router.  

Using the Wrong IP

If no of the IPs provided worked for you then you must check your IP yourself. I will outline how to do that for some common devices.

Find Your IP on Windows

  1. Click the windows icon in the left corner of your screen or press the Windows key
  2. Search for ”Command Prompt” and start it.
  3. Type in “ipconfig” and press enter.
  4. Find the Default Gateway line and write the number down. That is your router’s IP address. 
  5. Use the IP address you found and type it in a web browser and log in. 

 Find Your IP on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top left of your screen and choose System preferences. 
  2. Press Network. 
  3. Select the network you have a connection with from the options on the left side (needs to be the router’s network). 
  4. Press on the Advanced button on the bottom right
  5. Pick TCP/IP from the options across the top of the box. 
  6. You will see your routers IP address listed under IPv4 Address
  7. Use the IP address you found and type it in a web browser and continue with the next steps.

 Find Your IP on an Android Device

  1. Go to settings and select Network & Internet
  2. Click on Wi-Fi and press your router’s network (you need to have a connection with it)
  3. Go to advanced. 
  4. You can see your router’s IP address under Gateway. 
  5. Use this IP address in your browser and continue with the next step. 

 Find Your IP on an iPhone

  1. Navigate to settings and press on Wi-Fi
  2. Select your router’s Wi-Fi (you need to have a connection with it).
  3. There you find your IP on “Router”. 
  4. Use this IP address in your browser and continue with the next step. 

Other Solutions

If you have your router’s IP address and it still doesn’t work. Then you can first try to disable your firewall temporarily. Sometimes third-party firewalls (not Windows) can stop you from accessing your router’s admin panel. [2]

Another thing you can do is to try with another browser. In some cases, you can have some program or setting on the browser which prevents it from being able to access your router’s interface.

It is also worth making sure that you have the right permissions on your user. Sometimes parenting controls and such will stop a user from being able to connect to the routers admin panel. 

Can’t Log In

Some routers have a password recovery feature. If your router has it, you should see it when you enter the wrong username or password. Most often they will ask for your router’s serial number. You can find it at the bottom, or the back of your router. 

If your router doesn’t have a password recovery feature. Then I recommend checking your router’s brand and model number (you can find these on the router). Thereafter, go to routerpasswords.com.

There you can choose your brand (they call it manufacturer) and press enter. Then look for your model number. On the row, you find your model number you will also find the router’s default username and password. Try using these. 

If that doesn’t work then someone has changed the password for your router. And if you have no way of learning this password you need to factory reset your router. This will return the router to its default settings, password and username included. [3]

This is the last option as it will disconnect all the devices previously connected to the network. 

You reset your router by pressing the small hidden button on it for around 10 seconds. Press it using a toothpick or a needle. 

Bottom Line

I hope this helped you access your router’s admin panel and solved any issues you have related to it. 

If you have plans to buy a new router, then I recommend to check out my list of best routers for each internet service provider

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