Routers are what most people use to wirelessly connect to the internet. You can also use a router to connect your device via ethernet. However, the most popular and convenient of connecting to a router’s network is via WiFi. To get the best experience while using your router, you may at times have to make changes to your router’s default settings.
Changing any of your router’s network and security settings require logging into the router’s web interface. In this article, I am going to share with you how you can log into your router’s browser interface. But before that, let me first explain the common reasons for logging into your browser’s interface.
Reasons for logging into your router
To make changes to key security settings
There are mainly three security settings that you may have to change to enhance the safety of your router’s network. These settings include;
- Router WiFi password: Most routers come with a default WiFi password that is usually very easy to guess. This makes your WiFi network very vulnerable because any cybercriminal can guess your password and access your WiFi. So, you should change the WiFi password by logging into your router’s web interface.
- Router admin password and username: Another crucial security setting that you may have to change is the router’s default username and password. The default ones are usually easy to guess, which makes your network vulnerable to attackers. It is also crucial to change your router admin and WiFi password regularly. Making these changes requires you to log into the web interface of the router.
- Encryption protocol: There are different protocols that your router uses to encrypt your data. Most routers come when encryption is turned off or use the Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP). However, for the best security, we always recommend using Wireless Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2, depending on which one your router supports.
To change network settings
There are some crucial network settings that you may have to adjust to boost the speeds and stability of the router’s network. Some of the key network settings that you may have to change include;
- Changing the network channel: Routers have multiple channels that devices connect to before being directed to the internet. But by default, most routers connect all the devices to channel 1 and 6. However, these at times get congested, which will cause your network to slow down. To fix this issue, you will have to log into the router’s web interface and change the network channel.
- Network name: The default name of your router’s WIFI network usually contains the manufacturers’ name. This can be a security loophole because there are some known vulnerabilities that most hackers know about certain router brands. So, changing your network name will make it harder for cybercriminals to see the brand type of the router you are using.
To reset and update the router
Another reason for logging into your router web interface or app is accessing the reset and update options. There are several reasons why you may want to reset your router. Some of them include; a drop in the connection speeds, getting rid of malware and resetting your WiFi password in case you forget it.
What you need to know before logging into your router
- Router IP address: Every router, just like all devices that connect to the internet, has an Internet Protocol (IP) address that is used to identify every device connected to the internet. Your router’s IP address is usually written on a sticker on the side or back of your router. You can also find the IP address using the “ipconfig” command using Windows’ command prompt.
- Router log-in details: To access the web interface or application of the router, you will need to have the admin username and password of the router. In case you forgot these details, you can hard reset the router using its reset button. After resetting, you can now access the router’s web interface using the default admin password and username.
Steps for logging in
The procedure for logging into your router’s admin panel differs based on the manufacturer. But for most routers, the log-in steps are similar, and they are as follows;
- Connect to your router’s network via WiFi or ethernet. For WiFi, you will need your router’s network password.
- Open your browser and input the router’s IP address in the URL bar. As we shared earlier, the IP address for most routers is written on a sticker attached in front or behind the router.
- Enter the admin password and username. If you input the correct IP address, you should see a web page that prompts you to input the admin password and username. If you forgot these, resetting your router will help you go back to the default log-in credentials.
The procedure for logging into your router’s web interface is pretty simple. All you need is to know your IP address and your admin logging credentials (password and username). But as we have earlier discussed, there is still an option of resetting your router just in case you don’t remember these credentials.