How to Access Your WiFi Router Settings
By Space Coast Daily // February 9, 2021
It is quite easy to change one’s wifi router settings. It is also wise to do so to ensure that nobody steals your personal information. It is vital to protect your personal information as much as possible.
It can also give you access to some more advanced features of your router that you might not be aware of at the moment. You need not worry about physically damaging your router because modern-day routers are designed to be fool-proof.
Even if you consider yourself bad at dealing with technology, the instructions are straightforward and user friendly.
To access your wifi router’s settings, you need to know your IP address first. The first step to this is to open the command prompt from Windows.
Type the word ‘ipconfig’ and press enter after you open the command prompt window. You will see a Default Gateway’s option under Ethernet or Wi-Fi at the top of the window.
That is the router and the attached number next to the IP address of the router. Most routers usually use the address 192-168-1-1-ip.co. However, this might not be true for most routers out there, so it is better to double-check.
Next, enter the IP address in the web browser of your preference like Google Chrome or Firefox and press enter. It will then ask for your firmware’s username and password. You must then enter the default username and password or the one you changed it to when setting up the router.
‘Admin’ is the default username in most of the cases. The password is ‘password’, but if that does not still grant you access to the settings, some routers have a password-recovery feature which is a serial number on the bottom of the side of the router which you just have to enter into the window given.
If that does not still work, it might help run a web search for the router’s brand name and the words default username and password, and it might generate the commonly set default username and password.
Somehow, if all these steps do not grant you access to your settings, someone may have changed the username and password sometime. In that case, you can reset the router so that the settings all revert to the same.
Most of the time, there is a reset button on the router. So when the settings change, you will be able to use the password and default username to log into your settings. Now, you will be able to see all the settings and change anything.
It is advisable to change your username and password from the default one to something more personalized and memorable so that you can recall it easily next time. It should also be a strong password with a suitable length, some capital letters and preferably some numbers or signs to ensure it is secure.
To sum up, everything previously stated, routers are seen as scary machines that people cannot figure out how to work and usually call professional help. Still, hopefully, this can convince you that it is quite simple and easy to navigate.