How to Access Router’s WiFi Settings
If you have internet connection in your home, most probably you have a router. A router stores all the settings of your home WiFi network. If you want to change its default settings, you have to log into its interface. Once inside, you have the privilege to rename the network, change the password, increase security level, or create a guest network if you want to.
But first, you have to get into the router before making any changes in the settings.
Regardless of what router your internet provider gives you, or whether you purchased your own, the process will still remain the same.
Find the IP Address of Your Router
Note: Make sure you are currently connected to your router.
The first you need to know is the IP address of your router. Usually, you can access the router thru a web browser by typing 192.168.1.1 at the address field. If you’re not able to login using the said IP address, then, you need to check the IP address of your router thru cmd, and find the “Default Gateway” IP Address.
The process is this;
Type cmd in the Windows search bar, then press Enter. The command prompt will open, then type ipconfig, press Enter. You will see numerous information and IP addresses in the command prompt, but you’ll only focus on the Default Gateway IP address. You can see it under the Ethernet adapter of Wireless LAN Adapter.
Login Username and Password
Most probably, you know the IP address of your router thru Default Gateway. Repeat the steps above. Open a web browser, type the IP address at the address field/bar. The common username and password of the router is Admin & Admin only. However, some routers have different account credentials depending on what brand you are using.
If you are living in the Philippines, you can check the router accounts in this article,
If your router is not listed in the article, you should visit your routers official website. Browse it and look for specific account of your router. If you think you got the right credentials, then you must able to login to the router’s interface.
Change Router Settings
Gaining access to the router’s firmware gives you privilege to change whatever settings you want. It includes network SSID and password, increase security level through setting up of length WiFi password. Also, you can set up parental controls, create guest network, and attach different media devices.
If you don’t know how it works, then you can browse the official website of your router and look for what set up you would want to execute.
Change Router Login
On way of increasing your router’s security is changing its default credentials. Changing its values from admin / admin to “alongerusername” and “lengthextraordinarypassword” will add to a higher security level.
In some routers, you can both change the default values, but in some routers, you can only change the password. If you can’t decide what password to use, you can try password generator, and save it on a password manager
Having a password manager helps you store different usernames and password. You just need to remember a one (1) super password to access all accounts.
Review WiFi Password
Just like any other password, a WiFi router must be strong and secure. You must be sure to look for wireless or WiFi section to setup your WiFi password. The default WiFi password of the router is weak. You must change it in a way it is more secure – that no once can easily crack or guess it.
Like we have mentioned, if you can’t think of any password, use password generator and save it on a password manager for easy storage.
Additionally, under security options, make sure that your network is set to WPA-PSK [AES]. This set up is currently the strongest level available for home wireless networks.
All these changes will not take effect if you’re not able to save it. Apply your new settings and close the window.
You’ll be disconnected from the router; your wireless internet connection will be lost. Yet, you will notice a new SSID (if you changed it). Try connecting into that SSID and key in the recent changes you saved.
If there is no error, you’ll be able to connect to your WiFi network seamlessly.
How to Access Router’s WiFi Settings
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