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How Do I Access My Router

December 09, 2013  |  Difficulty: Hard

accessing Wi-Fi routers settings

Wi-Fi routers are becoming a part of everyday living and home users are finding access to the hardware may not be so easy. Home users need to know that manufacturers preset new routers with the wireless network usually named after the model of the device, and without a password set. These parameters need to be changed for protection from unauthorized access. Unfortunately, there is not one sure way to do it.  

Manufacturers have different methods for connecting to routers and changing their settings. Traditional methods often used by manufacturers are described below and may be worth a try.

Tips and Tricks for Accessing a Router:

  1. Check the manual you received with the router. There should be instructions describing how to access the router in the manual.
  2. If you don’t have the manual, try to find it on the Internet using the search terms “manual for [your model’s name] router”. There’s a high probability you’ll find the right document online to guide you through the process.
  3. Some manufacturers provide media discs with a setting wizard that will walk you through the process. Pop in the provided CD/DVD and give it a try.
  4. Access it by using the IP address of the router (this may be the easiest way). If you don’t have the manual with the IP address mentioned, try standard addresses like:
    - 192.168.0.0
    - 192.168.0.1
    - 192.168.0.2
    - 192.168.1.1
    - 192.168.1.2
  5. When you access the router login interface, you may need to know its login and password. You can try combinations of typical login information, such as:
    - Admin / admin
    - Admin / (no password)
    - Admin / 1234
    - [brand]admin / [brand]
    - (No login) / (no password)

Be aware that some routers require a cable connection to access the settings interface.

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