How to access the router settings

The router is technically a minicomputer. It also has an operating system (often based on the Linux kernel), a processor, and RAM. And to configure it, you don't use a monitor like a normal PC, but a web interface. What is it? It is a graphical HTML page saved in the router memory, through which the user can specify the main parameters of the device. And how to enter the router settings? How can I find the URL where this HTML page is located?

What you can do with the web interface

With the web interface you can:
  • change the name of the WiFi network (its SSID) or access password;
  • set the WiFi operating frequency (for routers supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz);
  • lock access to some devices (by MAC-address, by time of connection)
  • configure the network devices (printers, scanners, faxes)
  • enable support for the home NAS server function (for routers with a USB connector).
The exact list of settings depends directly on the router model. But the entry into the router settings is carried out the same way in almost all models.

Web interface of the router Xiaomi

Logging into the Web Interface

To enter the configuration interface the user must know the following dаta:
  • IP address of the router;
  • login and password to log into the Web interface;
  • WiFi access password (if logging is done over the wireless channel).
The IP-address of the web-interface, as well as the login and password to log in to it are listed on the label on the router itself (there is also always its MAC-address). You can also get it from the instruction manual for the device. In most cases the or addresses will work. And for Xiaomi routers But the default login/passwordthe following links:
  • TP-Link: admin/admin;
  • D-Link: admin/admin (in some models the field "password" has no need to fill in; you specify only the login);
  • Zyxel: admin/1234;
  • Linksys: admin/admin;
  • Asus: admin/admin;
  • Tenda: login admin, leave the "password" field blank;
  • Keenetic: admin/admin (or admin/1234);
  • Xiaomi: at first login is not asked, login and password for further login is specified by the user.

Log-in tutorial

Not only can you use your Windows laptop or PC to sign in to the router's Web interface, you can also use your smartphone. Any device with a browser that supports connection to the Internet via WiFi or through a LAN-cable will do. That is, you can even use a Smart TV or Android-pad.

So to log in you need:
  1. Connect to the router. You can do it with a cable (LAN connection) or with WiFi.
  2. After connecting to the router you have to enter the IP address of the web interface in the browser (in the address bar and press Enter).
  3. There will be a request for the login/password - enter the values on the label.

Possible Problems

If the web interface doesn't open then check the following:
  • Computer or smartphone connected to the router (cable or WiFi), active connection;
  • Pc or smartphone have disabled VPN, TOR or traffic saving functions.
If that doesn't work, it's likely that your router's IP address or username/password for logging in has changed. The easiest way to solve this problem is to perform a reset the router to factory defaults. Exactly how to do this should be clarified in the instructions to the device (in most cases you need to press the reset button for 10 seconds).

Буздалов Максим Викторович
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- PhD in Technology, Associate Professor of "Computer Technologies" department, expert in the field of computer networks, more than 12 years of experience.
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