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We explain how to know the router's IP to take care of your security

You need a more secure password to prevent your neighbors they hang you to your router? Or maybe you want to give your Wi-Fi network a name with more personality, like “DiosMessiLAN” or “BodaChilaquiles”? Whatever the reason, in this guide we explain how to know the router's IP, a vital information to make the adjustments you need in the configuration of your device.

Most routers (or routers, as they are called in some sites) come with a default IP address and login credentials, which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you have not bothered to enter and make changes to your network configuration, you may still be able to access the administration panel using that same information.

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Once you have gained access to the configuration of your router, you can change the way your network is displayed, as well as control who can access it. It will also be a good time to change the default username and password, to ensure that no one else can change the access protocols.

If you are looking for a new router, some may be able to help you increase the security of your network in general with new features and built-in malware protection. Check our guide of the latest and best routers available in the market

Linksys

Step 1: Most Linksys routers have the same default settings. You can access the administration panel on most Linksys routers by entering http://192.168.1.1 in your browser's address bar. But if you have an intelligent router, you must use http: //myrouter.local

Step 2: Log in using “admin” for both the username and password, assuming you have not changed the default username and password.

Step 3: We suggest you make sure to change your router passwords the first time you log in, so that you are not susceptible to someone on your Wi-Fi network having access to the administration page.

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

D-Link

Step 1: To log in to your D-Link router you must enter the following in your internet browser: http: //mydlinkrouter.local If it does not work, you can try http://192.168.0.1, or also http://192.168.1.1

Step 2: The default username is "admin", and you must leave the password field blank.

Step 3: Since most D-Link routers are not protected with a password by default, it is important to add a password as soon as possible to prevent other people or hackers from accessing your network.

D-Link also has a support base in case you need more help on its official site.

Belkin

Step 1: For almost all Belkin routers, the default web configuration is found at http://192.168.2.1, although http: // router may also work. Due to the method with which the login credentials are configured, you may not have to enter anything in the username and password fields when trying to access the administration panel.

Step 2: By default, Belkin routers have no password in the administrator account. This means that the username field must be left blank, although you may have to enter “admin” in that space.

Step 3: You should definitely change the username and password if you have a Belkin router. It is very simple for anyone with access to your network to make changes to the administration panel, which could open security holes or allow them to install malware and pirate software.

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

Netgear

Netgear Nighthawk AC2600 router-top

Step 1: Several Netgear routers have a label that includes the login credentials at the bottom or back of the device, but if yours does not have one, the company still gives you access to the administration panel. If you are using a Netgear router, simply enter http://www.routerlogin.net in your browser's address bar, or you can enter 192.168.0.1 to access the login screen.

Step 2: The username is almost always "admin", and the password is "password" or "1234", if you are using an older device.

Step 3: Having a text URL makes things easy to remember, but it also makes the router configuration more vulnerable, because if someone gets access to your network, they don't need to determine your IP address. For this reason, it is particularly important to change the default login.

If you need more information, the Netgear support site will give you details about specific model models.

Asus

Step 1: Almost all Asus routers use 192.168.1.1 as the default IP, which facilitates access to the administration panel in your browser. For newer routers you should use http://router.asus.com, and they will direct your request to the local router configuration page.

Step 2: The username and password should be "admin" in almost all models and firmware revisions.

Step 3: Default passwords can help you if you have never changed your settings before, but it is recommended that you do so the first time you enter the administration panel to prevent unauthorized access by anyone who can access your Wi-Fi network.

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

Other routers

Regardless of the manufacturer or model of your router, there is a secure way to find the IP address, even if it is not working with the default settings. If you are running Windows 10, you can enter “cmd” in the search field and click on the top result to access the command line. Then, in the resulting window, type "ipconfig" to bring up a page with information about your network connection.

The field marked Default Gateway shows the IP address of any router you are currently connected to. For almost all routers, you can enter this IP address in the URL bar of your browser to access the login page.

If you are running MacOS, this information can be found at System preferences. In Network, select the tab corresponding to your current connection (wired or wireless) and then click on “Advanced”. There, choose the TCP / IP tab, and the IP address of your router will appear as “Router” or “Default Gateway, depending on the MacOS version you are running.

There are many different companies that make a router, and if yours does not appear on this list, RouterPasswords has compiled a large database of default usernames and passwords, sorted by brand and model. If you discover that you cannot log in to the administration panel with one of these, your login credentials may have been changed at some time.

If this is the case, you should perform a factory reset on your router. The process varies by brand, but it is possible to find instructions on the manufacturer's site or in the documentation included when you purchased your equipment. If you have lost the physical copy of the instructions, just search Google for "manual" or "pdf" along with the brand and model of your router.

* Article updated by Rodrigo Orellana on January 2, 2020.

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