Your Wi-Fi network would not exist without your router. It is for that reason that many people are happy to leave the little box that provides internet alone, with worry that fiddling could damage it. In truth, if you ever mess up your router's system, you can simply reset it. People are missing out on a variety of settings that can make their internet experience better because of this irrational fear. It is to your benefit to modify your router's settings, though to do that, you need to access the router admin page.
Before you start to make changes to your 192.168.0.1 router or even access the router maintenance page, you need to connect your computer device with it. You can either connect over Wi-Fi or with a wired connection using an ethernet lead.
Once you are all connected up, open up your web browser of choice. Some popular web browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. With your chosen web browser open, type 192.168.0.1 into the search bar.
Search for the 192.168.0.1IP address will take you to the login page of your router admin interface. Most routers will prompt you to enter the login details associated with your router. Typically, you can find the default username and password on the base of your router.
192.168.0.1 may seem like a random chain of numbers used to connect to your router, though it can serve other purposes. Your IP address is an address like any other, a point where data is sent from and received. Your router has two IP addresses, 192.168.0.1, which is a private address, and a public IP address, but what does that mean?
The private IP address of your router, like the 192.168.0.1 mentioned above, can only be viewed by computer devices connected to the router's network. The connected computer devices use the private IP address as a destination for their date requests. Once the router's private IP address receives that data, it gets passed over to the public IP address.
The public IP address sends the information request to a website. The website then collects the data and sends it to the public IP address that made the request.
Working with computers doesn't always go as planned. That is also the case when working with your router. Ideally, you should be able to plug your router in and then start playing around on the internet. One of the most common problems when using your router is struggling to connect your computer device to the router. Failure to connect can happen for a variety of reasons:
If you can't connect to your router, you need to make sure the router is working as intended. Try and connect via Wi-Fi, or failing that use a wired connection. If, after plugging in, the router is still not connecting, make sure the router is working. Most routers have indicator lights for each function. If the lights for the router power, Wi-Fi, and ethernet connection are on, then the connection problem lies elsewhere.
If the router's hardware seems to be working, then the connection problem may be more technical. A firewall is in place on your computer to stop bad things from getting in, but it may also stop you from connecting to your router. Try disabling your firewall and then connect to your router. You can put it back up once you have connected to your router.
One prevalent but stressful reason for not connecting to your router is because the IP address you have inputted into your web browser might be incorrect. As stated, a regular IP address is 192.168.0.1 though check the base of your router to ensure you have the right one.
If you still can't connect to your router after checking the above three points, then a reboot of your router might be the best thing to do. Unplug the router, wait for 3 minutes and plug your router back in. A reboot takes your router back to factory settings.
You use 192.168.0.1 to access your router's admin page, though you need to know the username and password for your router. For someone logging in for the first time, you might not know the username and password of your router. For convenience, many router manufacturers use default usernames and passwords to make the initial login easy. A selection of regularly used passwords include:
If your router's username and password aren't one of the above, the base of your router should have the details labeled. You can also search your router model online, which should reveal the default login details of your router. After your initial login, you should change those login details, and make a note of your new ones. The default login details are not secure, meaning anyone can access your routers admin page.
If you do ever forget the login details of your router, you can reset the unit. Doing so will erase any changes and reset the router back to factory settings.
The password to access your router's admin page is not the only password associated with the router. The Wi-Fi network provided by your router also has a password, and if it doesn't, it should. The Wi-Fi network password ensures that no-one accesses your Wi-Fi without your permission. How you change your Wi-Fi password will depend on your router model, though the steps among routers are generally the same. To change your Wi-Fi password:
As stressed above, you should always set a new Wi-Fi password. However, don't get stressed if you do forget your Wi-Fi password. The WPS button on the back of your router is there for that reason. A press of the Wi-Fi protected setup button will give you 30-seconds to connect to the network without a password.
If you live in a busy area and search for a Wi-Fi network, you will have several networks available, and you aren't sure which one is yours. Knowing which network is yours is just one reason to change the name of your Wi-Fi network or SSID. The process is similar to how you change your Wi-Fi network password, though it will differ from router to router.
There are a few standard IP addresses among routers, with 192.168.0.1 being one of them. Router manufacturers use the same IP address with their products for the same reason they use the same default username and passwords for router access. For ease of use. However, if your IP address isn't 192.168.0.1, then try one of the following:
You can also check the IP address of your router yourself though the steps differ from one computer operating system to the other.
For a computer running on Microsoft Windows:
For a computer running on Mac OS X:
You will find your IP address next to the word router.
Settling for a basic network is all well and good, though taking the time to educate yourself on the inner workings of your router means you can only improve your internet experience. Even if you only make basic changes to your Wi-Fi network name, you will be more secure than if you are using your router straight out of the box.
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