Why shop for a specific router?Source: Windows Central

Sometimes you have to access your router's settings. Time flies by and you need to upgrade your firmware, or you need to tweak some settings to make your Wi-Fi better, you recently bought a brand-new router to set up, or you just want to see what's going on in there. Thankfully, accessing your router's settings is really easy as long as you do the few steps to get you started. Once you're in, you'll have a plethora of options and won't be as confused if anything goes wrong.

Find your router's IP address via Command Prompt

  1. To access your router's settings, you need the IP address, which can be found by typing "cmd" in the Windows search bar.

    Router Ip Command Prompt OpenSource: Windows Central

  2. When you have the Command Prompt open, type in "ipconfig" and press Enter.

    Router Ip Command Prompt Ipconfig GuideSource: Windows Central

  3. A huge list of stuff will show up. Don't panic. Look for the "Default Gateway" entry.

    Router Ip Command Prompt DefaultgatewaySource: Windows Central

  4. That number on the right is what you'll need to remember for later.

Find your router's IP address via settings

  1. The other way to find your router's IP address is to open up Settings in Windows 10.

    Windows 10 Settings PageSource: Windows Central

  2. Then click Network & Internet.

    Windows 10 Settings NetworkSource: Windows Central

  3. Under Status click View hardware connection properties.

    Windows 10 Settings Network PropertiesSource: Windows Central

  4. Look through the list of entries and find "Default gateway." Write down or memorize that number for later!

    Windows 10 Settings Network Status DefaultgatewaySource: Windows Central

Access your router's settings via IP

  1. Take the IP address we just found and type it into a browser URL bar.

    Tp Link Url LoginSource: Windows Central

  2. That should take you to your router's login page.

    TP-Link Login Router SettingsSource: Windows Central

  3. Here is where you need to enter your login credentials. For a lot of routers, the default username is "admin" and the password is blank.

    Tp Link Login PasswordSource: Windows Central

  4. If those don't work, you can take a look at the router itself for a sticker with that information.

  5. If all else fails, you might need to read your router's manual or check online for help.

And boom, you have successfully done the work to access your router's settings. It's not super hard, but can be a bit confusing if you're completely new to anything networking. The good news is that with this ability to log into your router, you can change a huge number of settings to make your life easier and the latest devices run faster. Modern routers even have options like the ability to add a VPN service or to enable QoS for better connection speeds with certain applications.