How to find the IP address of your router for customization and security

Tired of being the only wireless network in your apartment building without a clever name like “Wu-tang LAN” or “Bill Wi the Science Fi”? Or maybe you just want to make your network password more secure so that it prevents your neighbors from mooching off your internet connection. Knowing how to find the IP address and admin page for your wireless router can be useful. Here’s what you need to know.

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Public vs. private IP addresses

Did you know your computer can be identified with two different IP addresses? They are usually called public vs. private or external vs. internal. When we talk about the router IP address, we are talking about the private or internal IP address that your router assigns to your computer. Here are the important differences you need to know.

Public IP address: This is the address that your internet service provider (ISP) and all external networks use to identify your connection location. If you move to a different wireless network, this IP address will change. When people usually talk about an IP address or protecting their IP address for privacy, this is the one they’re talking about. Unless you are using encryption to protect your location, you can find it instantly by going to sites like Whatismyip.org.

Private IP address: Your router sets a private IP address for every device it connects to on your network. This is how your router recognizes your computer and knows what data to send to it as you browse the internet. This private IP address can be useful when checking how your router is interacting with devices, what devices are connected to it, and so on. The private IP address is what we’re looking at in this article.

Finding the private IP address through your computer

Regardless of your router’s manufacturer or model, there is a surefire way to find its IP address, even if it isn’t operating on the default settings. This is the fastest way to get your IP address when you’re logged into your operating system.

Windows

If you’re running Windows 10, you can enter “cmd” in the search field and click the top result to access the Command Prompt. Then, in the resulting window, type “ipconfig” to bring up a page with information on your network’s connection.

This is one of the most important commands to know when it comes to using the Command Prompt interface.

The field marked Default Gateway shows the IP address of whatever router you’re connected to at the time. For almost all routers, you can enter this IP address in your browser’s URL bar to access your router’s login page.

MacOS

If you’re running MacOS, this information can be found in System Preferences > Network. Select the tab that corresponds to your current connection (wired or wireless), and then click Advanced.

Click the TCP/IP tab, and the IP address of your router will appear in the router field, usually under IPv4, as seen in our example. Most new routers support IPV6, so it may be under that, but that’s less common in older models.

Router settings logins

You also have the option to log into your router settings online and check your IP address there, along with plenty of other router information and tools. This is an ideal option if you want to change some settings, improve your password, check all connected devices, and perform other various maintenance tasks. Below is the login information for major router brands.

Linksys

Step 1: Most Linksys routers have the same default settings. The admin panel can be accessed on most Linksys routers by entering 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser. If you own a smart router, enter myrouter.local instead.

Step 2: Log in using “admin” for both the username and password, assuming you haven’t changed the default username and password already.

Step 3: You’ll want to make sure to change your router passwords the first time you log in. Otherwise, you leave yourself susceptible to anyone on your Wi-Fi network accessing your router’s admin page.

If you need more help, use Linksys’ official support portal.

D-Link

Step 1: You’ll be able to log in to your D-Link router by using mydlinkrouter.local or 192.168.0.1, and if that doesn’t work, 192.168.1.1 should.

Step 2: The default username is “admin,” and you’ll want to leave the password field blank.

Step 3: Since most D-Link routers are not password protected by default, you’re going to want to add a password as soon as possible to prevent hackers from accessing your network.

D-Link also has a dedicated support knowledge base should you need more help.

Belkin

Step 1: For almost all Belkin routers, the default web setup is located at 192.168.2.1, though http://router may also work for you. Due to the method in which login credentials are set up, you likely won’t have to enter anything in the username and password fields when trying to access the admin panel.

Step 2: By default, Belkin routers have no password on the admin account. This means the username field should be left blank, though you may have to enter “admin” instead.

Step 3: You’ll definitely want to change the username and password if you have a Belkin router. It’s simple for someone with access to your network to make changes in the admin panel that could open security holes or allow them to install malware and hacking software.

More information can be found for specific router models on the Belkin support site.

Netgear

Step 1: A number of Netgear routers feature the login credentials on the bottom or back of the device, but if yours does not, the company has still made it easy to access your admin panel. If you’re using a Netgear router, simply enter routerlogin.net in the address bar of your browser, or navigate to 192.168.0.1 to access the login screen.

Step 2: The username is almost always “admin,” and the password will either be “password” or “1234” if you’re using an older device.

Step 3: Having a text URL makes things easy to remember, but it also makes your router’s settings more vulnerable. If someone has access to your network, they don’t need to determine its IP address. For this reason, it’s particularly important to change the default login to prevent any unwanted changes to your network settings.

Netgear’s support knowledge base will give you more information on specific router models if you need it.

Asus

Step 1: Nearly all Asus routers use 192.168.1.1 as the default IP, which makes it easy to access the admin panel in your browser. Newer routers, however, will direct requests to router.asus.com to your local router’s setup page.

Step 2: The username and password should be “admin” on almost all models and firmware revisions.

Step 3: The default passwords can help if you’ve never changed your settings before, but it’s recommended that you change them the first time you access the admin panel to prevent unauthorized access by anyone who’s able to access your Wi-Fi network.

The support team at Asus can give you more help if you need it, as well as access to various articles on the company’s range of devices.

There are many different companies that make routers, and if yours isn’t listed here, RouterPasswords has compiled a large database of default usernames and passwords sorted by make and model. If you find that you aren’t able to log in to the admin panel with one of these, then your login credentials may have been changed at some point. Need some help tracking that password? Consider a password manager such as those featured in our guide.

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