You must log into your router if you wish to alter any settings, including the network name or password for your home Wi-Fi.
And you need to know its IP address to do it. The Windows ipconfig program, which we’ll explain below, can be used to find that. On your phone, you can also determine its IP address by viewing the Wi-Fi information; we’ll teach you how to accomplish this below.
Additionally, you will almost probably require the admin password for the router. Most routers have information written on a label or even a removably mounted card for convenience.
You’ll need to ask them for the default router password if it has already been altered, or you can reset the router to its initial settings.
Connect an Ethernet cable between your router and a computer or laptop if you can’t access your router over Wi-Fi for some reason.
Why Do I Need to Learn How to Modify My Router Settings?
The easy response is that you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Modern routers are made to be fool-proof, just like it’s nearly difficult for you to physically harm your computer by clicking on the wrong link or tampering with its settings.
The worst scenario is probably if you alter your wireless router’s settings to make it simpler for criminals to acquire your data. However, it is much more likely that you will figure out how to modify your wireless router’s settings to safeguard your personal information as much as possible.
The most advanced functions of your network, many of which you might not even be aware of right now, can be fully utilized if you know how to adjust the settings on your router. You won’t have trouble learning how to modify router settings, even if you consider yourself a computer novice.
Steps for Administrators to Access Router Settings
You’ve come to the right place if you’re having trouble accessing the router, don’t know how to access the router, or are looking for instructions. The following are a few of the easiest methods to follow to view router settings as an administrator:
- Check if an Ethernet cable or a wireless connection is being used to connect the computer to the router.
- Learn the router’s IP address. A default address like 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, or 192.168.2.1 is used in most routers when they are constructed.
- Getting To Router Settings
- Open a web browser on your computers, such as Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox, and use the router’s IP address to request a connection.
- You must now input your administrative login information to authenticate and access the admin settings.
Change a Router’s IP Address
To clarify the distinction between a public and local IP address, let’s first go over how to update a router’s IP address.
As the name implies, a public IP address is what computers and servers outside of your network see when you connect to them. It’s also the address that appears when you go to a popular website for IP address lookups like What Is My IP.
Your internet service provider assigns you a public IP address, which you normally do not influence. Although some ISPs give their clients static IP numbers, you likely have a dynamic IP address that occasionally changes on its own or in response to a request.
Contrarily, your router and every other device behind it has been given a local IP address that you are free to modify. The procedure for doing this on D-Link routers is the same for routers made by other manufacturers.
- In your preferred web browser, type the IP address of your router.
- Use the default username and password to log in.
- Then select Setup.
- selecting Network Settings
- Under Router Settings, enter the new IP address for the router.
- Select Save Settings.
You won’t be able to access your router using the previous address once you’ve changed the IP address. It would help if you kept this in mind because it can confuse you the next time you try to modify the settings on your router.
Establishing Parental Controls
Parental controls are tools that assist you in lowering the possibility that your child will encounter nasty web stuff. Filtering and monitoring are two main categories into which these controls might be grouped. You can restrict access to offensive content and impose usage time limits by using filtering. You can monitor your child’s online activity to see exactly what they are doing and take immediate action if you think they may be in danger.
Parental controls may have their category in addition to being normally found under the router settings. Setting a PIN for parental controls is strongly advised since kids will go above and beyond to get around any content limitations you put in place to keep them safe.
What Aspects of My Router Settings Should I Check?
You may optimize your Wi-Fi network once you access the router’s admin page. For instance, you can take the following actions to raise the performance and security of your router:
- Your network should now have a simple, memorable name.
- To stop others from using your Wi-Fi, change the password.
- To safeguard your network from hackers, change the router’s admin password.
- Put MAC address filtering in place to prevent unauthorized devices from connecting to your network.
- View all the devices connected to your network to keep an eye on unwanted behavior.
- To ensure you get the most recent security patches, upgrade the firmware on your router.
- To reduce signal interference, change the Wi-Fi channel.
- To speed up your connection, change the DNS server on your router.
You can control your Wi-Fi network even while you’re not connected by choosing to enable remote administration on some routers. For more detailed information, refer to your device’s user guide or manufacturer’s website.
Tips for troubleshooting
- The gateway IP address might have been manually entered into your network adapter settings if you don’t see the login screen.
- Look for “network” in Windows’ Control Panel (not the brand-new Settings app) to verify. Under Network and Sharing Center, select View Network Connections.
- Select Properties from the context menu when you right-click on the Ethernet or wireless equipment you use to access the internet.
- Then look for Internet Protocol Version 4 by scrolling down the list. After clicking on it, select Properties.
- Ensure that both Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are chosen.
- Check if the issue has been resolved by repeating the previous procedures.
Reset the username and password for your router
- If you’ve lost the login and password, you must restore your router to factory settings. Common methods include hitting a button or sticking a paper clip or pin into a reset hole.
- Before you do this, keep in mind that if you don’t have a backup, you will lose any settings you’ve made and could have to re-enter your broadband username and credentials. But it’s not a big deal if you have those specifics on hand.
- Consult your user manual to find out how long to press the button down to reset it. For this to function, the router must be powered on and connected to the mains.
- You can use the prior procedures to connect to the router management interface after you reset your router.
- You can now configure a Wi-Fi network if one of your goals in accessing your router’s settings is to do so. Setting a password is more crucial than changing the Wi-Fi network name to something memorable.
- Avoid using WEP security whenever you can; instead, choose WPA2 or WPA3.
- Change the router’s interface password while you’re at it to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the router’s settings.
- Attach a sticker to the router to remember the IP address, Wi-Fi password, and router username and password.