How to Log in to Your Router

You're fewer than five steps away from accessing your router settings.

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Last Updated: Apr 2, 2024
Graphic of a laptop with a router login page displayed on the screen and a router emitting green signals next to it
From changing your Wi-Fi settings to fine-tuning your gaming experience, logging in to your router is essential for peak network performance.

Gaining access to your Wi-Fi router is a crucial part of setting up and securing your home Wi-Fi network. It’s not uncommon for the average internet user to find themselves puzzled by how to log in to a router. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll help you navigate accessing your Wi-Fi router to take control of your network settings and maximize your router’s potential.

When Would I Need to Log in to My Router?

Graphic containing details about the importance of logging in to your router settings
Your router settings allow you to protect and optimize your internet connection.

Logging in to your router is essential for a variety of tasks, from managing network security to setting up your Wi-Fi network. However, these aren’t the only reasons for logging in to your router. Here are other circumstances where you may need to access your router settings:

  • Changing the Wi-Fi password on your router to enhance network security by preventing unauthorized access
  • Adjusting channel settings to optimize Wi-Fi performance in crowded locations by minimizing interference
  • Updating the firmware to ensure the router’s software is current, enhancing security and functionality
  • Setting up firewalls that add an extra layer of defense against potential cyber threats
  • Configuring port forwarding to facilitate smoother communication between devices and applications
  • Enabling encryption protocols such as WPA3 to strengthen the overall security of your Wi-Fi home network

How to Log in to Your Router on a Web Browser

Screenshot showing the AT&T router login menu
Every router has an admin dashboard you can access through a web browser — even the router provided by your internet provider (as shown above with AT&T).

While some routers offer applications for accessing your settings, most routers (and modems) require you to log in through a web browser. The following steps outline how to log in to your router from a web browser:

1. Connect to Your Router

Connect your computer or device to your Wi-Fi router. You can either connect wirelessly or with an Ethernet cable.

2. Open a Web Browser

On your chosen device, open a web browser. Any web browser will work for this process, whether you prefer Google Chrome, Safari, or another option.

3. Enter Your Router’s IP Address

Find the local IP address on your router. It’s typically listed on the back of your router. Depending on your router manufacturer and model, it will feature a common string of numbers such as or Once located, enter your router’s IP address into the address bar of your web browser.

4. Enter Your Login Credentials

Once you’ve entered the IP address, a login page will appear where you’ll be requested to fill in your username and password. Similar to your IP address, this default information will be provided either on the router or in the router manual. The information tends to be general, such as admin for the username and password for the password (though sometimes just the username is enough to log in). If you’ve changed the credentials before, use the updated information.

5. Access Router Settings

After you successfully enter your login credentials, you’ll gain access to your router’s admin dashboard. From there, you can navigate to the tab with the settings you wish to modify.

How to Log in to Your Router on an App

Screenshot of Spectrum's iOS app router settings
Some ISPs, such as Spectrum, make accessing router settings simple by providing an app for iOS or Android devices.

The exact steps for logging in to your router through your internet provider’s app may vary slightly based on your ISP. Below are the general steps that you can expect to follow when using an app to access your router’s settings:

1. Connect to Your Router

Ensure your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your router.

2. Download and Install Your Router App

Navigate to your phone’s app store and locate the app for your internet service provider or router manufacturer. Download and install the app onto your device. Some ISPs or manufacturers require using an app for setup, so you may already have the app on your device.

3. Log in to Your Router

If you rent a router from your ISP, you’ll need to use your login credentials for your account to access your router settings. For routers you purchased independently from your ISP, such as a mesh network system, you will log in to the manufacturer’s app.

4. Access Router Settings

Once you’re logged in, you can navigate the app to access your router settings. These steps will vary based on your provider or manufacturer, but you can typically navigate to settings to find the options you want to modify.

How to Log in to Your Router by Brand Device

Logging in to your router will vary depending on what manufacturer produces your router. Due to these variations, we put together the following steps for specific brands for logging in to your router:

How to Log in to a Netgear Router

Screenshot of Netgear’s admin dashboard
The dashboard you see for your Netgear router will differ depending on the model.
  1. Connect to your Netgear router wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable.
  2. Navigate to or Alternatively, most Netgear routers utilize the default or local IP address.
  3. Enter your username and password. Netgear routers typically default to admin as the username and password for the password.
  4. Select Wireless from the menu to access your router settings.

How to Log in to an Asus Router

Screenshot of an Asus RT-AC87U login screen for the admin dashboard
Asus allows you to access its routers through a web browser or the Asus Router app.
  1. Connect to your Asus router wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable.
  2. Navigate to, or enter the IP address you find on the back of the router. Some Asus routers utilize the IP address, but it varies per model.
  3. Enter your login information. Asus routers typically use admin for the default username and password.
  4. Modify the router settings you want by navigating the admin dashboard.

How to Log in to a Linksys Router

Screenshot of a Linksys router login screen for the admin dashboard
Linksys provides a smart IP detection URL to help you get to the admin dashboard for your router.
  1. Connect to your Linksys router wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable.
  2. Navigate to for smart IP detection, or check the back of the router for the IP address. Linksys routers tend to use for the local IP.
  3. Enter your login information. Linksys routers use admin for both the default username and password fields. You may receive a prompt for a five-digit recovery key, which you can find on the back of the router.
  4. Utilize the fields under Router Settings to change the router options you want in the admin dashboard.

How to Log in to an eero Router

Screenshot of the eero iOS app's home screen
You can easily access Amazon eero Wi-Fi routers through the eero wifi system app.
  1. Connect to your eero device wirelessly.
  2. Download the eero wifi system app on the Apple App Store or Google Play (if you haven’t already).
  3. Open the app and enter your login information, which you created when setting up your eero devices.
  4. Select the router from the devices on the homepage to access that router’s settings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wi-Fi Router Logins

How do I find my router username and password without resetting it?

The most common way to locate your router’s username and password is to look at the device. The login credentials are typically located on the bottom or side of the device. This information is also available in the router’s user manual. If you misplaced your user manual, you can search for it on Google by typing in your router’s model number along with the word “manual.”

Why is my router not connecting to the internet?

When your internet won’t connect, you can try a few common internet troubleshooting connection strategies. The most effective method to try is disconnecting your modem and router and then reconnecting the devices. Low speeds, an internet service provider outage, and weather conditions can also contribute to a lack of internet connection. If resetting the devices doesn’t work, you can research if there are outages in your area and wait before trying to connect again.

Does resetting my router change the admin password?

If you perform a simple reset on your router, such as disconnecting and reconnecting, your credentials will remain the same. However, if you perform a full factory reset on your router by pressing the button on the back, the device will revert to default settings. If you haven’t updated your router credentials, a factory reset won’t change anything, as it will continue to use default admin credentials.

Why can’t I access my router admin page?

If you’re unable to access your router’s admin page, it’s due to an incorrect IP address or login information. Confirm all information is accurate and try accessing it again. If you’ve changed your router login settings and are unsure of the new credentials, a full factory reset will restore default settings. Some firewalls or antivirus software can also block access. If this is the case, you can try to change web browsers or disable firewalls or software to access the admin page. 

Is the router password the same as the Wi-Fi password?

No, your router password and Wi-Fi password are different credentials. While both passwords are related to your router, the router password is for accessing the router’s settings, and the Wi-Fi password is for connecting devices to your wireless network. While it’s possible to create the same password for both, it’s not advisable as it can become a security issue if the password is compromised.