How to Log In to Your Router

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Rachel Bauer
July 30, 2021 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 2 minutes

If you have questions about how to connect to your router this guide will help by walking you through the process and explaining, in detail, everything that you need to know in order to log in.

Router sitting on a table with cables connected in back.
Router sitting on a table with cables connected in back.

The first thing to know is that your router has an address on your home network (also known as an internal IP address). If you know your router's internal IP address, you can type it into your web browser to connect to your router.

Windows 10

If you do not know what your router's IP address is, you can look at your network to figure it out. If you are on a PC using Windows 10, there is a shortcut to finding this information.

First, click on the Windows key then go to the Settings menu (you may have to click on the gear icon.)

Windows key on a keyboard
Windows key on a keyboard

Next, click on Network and Internet. In the Status section, click on View hardware and connection properties.

View hardware and connection properties of Settings menu in Windows 10
View hardware and connection properties of Settings menu in Windows 10

Look under Ethernet or WiFi and you should see the Default gateway listed. This is your router. Copy the number next to the default gateway, this is your router's internal IP address.

Default gateway Windows 10 example
Default gateway Windows 10 example

The second thing that you need to know in order to connect to your router is that you can access your router through your browser. Paste the router's internal IP address into the address bar of your browser and press enter.

Example browser window
Example browser window

You should now see the login screen for your router. The last thing that you need to know to log into your router is your username and password.

Login screen of example router
Login screen of example router

If you are having trouble logging in to your router, check out our router password guide.

Older Versions of Windows

Additional instructions if you are not using windows 10: you can access the command prompt by clicking on the Windows key and then typing cmd.

Click on Command Prompt App.

Command prompt app int the windows menu
Command prompt app int the windows menu

Type ipconfig and press enter.

Command prompt with ipconfig command entered
Command prompt with ipconfig command entered

Details about your network are now listed. Look for the Default gateway under Ethernet or WiFi. Copy the number next to the Default gateway (this is your router's internal IP address.)

Command prompt with ipconfig network details and default gateway
Command prompt with ipconfig network details and default gateway

Paste the number into your browser's address bar and press enter. You can now log in to your router with your username and password.

If you do not know your router's username or password, you can find it in our Router Passwords List.

After logging in to your router, you can make changes to your router's settings.

Person typing in username and password for router login
Person typing in username and password for router login

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