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Having Trouble Reaching the Routerlogin Page?
Whether you are trying to access your wireless router setup for the first time or just trying to view your current Wi-Fi password from a previous setup, you will need to access the router's administrative console. Sometimes the admin console is referred to as the router's hidden page.
If you cannot reach the login page, it may be due to:
- A hardwired connection configuration issue (such as a bad Ethernet cable)
- Entering the IP address incorrectly
- An IP address issue on the computer
- Incorrect Username or Password
- An issue with the wireless router itself
If you are able to reach the login page but can not get past the login page, I will cover that as well.
1. Hardware Connectivity Issue
First, before going through all sorts of technical stuff, let's check the basics.
Check Your Wiring and Your Power
The first thing you need to make sure of is that the computer you are using is hardwired directly to the router.
- Check that the Ethernet or network cable is securely snapped into the computer and into a numbered port on the back of the router.
- One of the quickest and easiest fixes for internet connectivity issues is performing a power cycle. Power cycling refers to removing the power from the router, waiting a few seconds, then plugging the power back in. To do this, simply unplug your router from the wall, wait 30 seconds, and plug your router back in.
Mind the LED Lights
You should be getting some lights on the front of the router; otherwise, you may be looking at an electrical outlet problem or a burnt-out router. The port number the cable is connected to should also be lit up via LED. The LED is usually on the front of the router but could be on the port outlet itself.
Can the Router see the Computer?
Still no dice? The first thing to make sure is that the router indicates that it sees the computer by lighting a numbered LED to correspond to the port number you are plugged into. Check where the cable plugs into the back of the computer, and it should have a LED light at the cable outlet as well.
No LED Lights on the Computer End of the Cable?
If you have lights on the router but not lights for the cable plugged in the numbered spot:
- try each numbered spot, and then, if that doesn't work,
- try another cable. If you don't have another cable,
- try flip-flopping the cord so that the computer end goes in the router and the router end goes into the computer. Although both ends of the cable are identical, I have seen where one end will make a connection in one device but not another.
Still No Light?
Check to see if there is more than one Ethernet connection on the computer. Often desktop computers may have two network cards installed, the one integrated on the motherboard and one that is or was an upgrade to the onboard connection. If so, try the other connection.
2. Incorrectly Entering the Router's IP Address
Not only is correctly entering the router's IP address crucial, but where you enter the IP address is equally important. This is one of the most common mistakes. Most routers, depending on the brand, use either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Try both of them. If one does not work, the odds are the other will.
Entering the IP Address Correctly
Next, let's make sure that you are not entering the IP address incorrectly.
For example, these examples are incorrect and will never work:
Also, it is not necessary to put the http:// or https:// in front of the numbers. For example:
Typing http:// is fine if typed correctly, but just keep it simple; you don't need to do this. Putting in more than is necessary just increases the chance of a mistake and takes more time. Key just the IP address (Just numbers and dots). Let the browser automatically add the http:// portion to the beginning after you press Enter.
What About Netgear Routers?
If it is a Netgear brand router, instead of trying the IP address, you can also try routerlogin.net.
Type In the Browser Bar—Not a Search Engine Bar
Be sure you are not keying the IP Address in a search engine or search toolbar. You need to type it in the address bar at the top.
3. An IP Address Issue on the Computer
The computer's IP address must be within the same subnet as the router's IP address in order for the two of them to communicate with each other. In other words, if the router's IP address is 192.168.1.1, that means that the computer's IP address needs to also start with 192.168.1.__ (the last digits can be any number other than 0 or 1 and under 255).
If the router's IP address is 192.168.0.1, then, of course, the IP address on the computer also needs to start with 192.168.0.__.
If the computer is using an IP address starting with anything else, communication between the router and that computer will not be possible.
Dynamic vs. Static IP Addresses
Normally, most computer network cards are set up to automatically obtain the IP address from the router so the router would issue a compatible IP address and this would not be an issue. This requires that your network adapter is set up automatically accept the IP address issued from the router.
An issue can arise if the network card in the computer is set up with a static IP address instead of a dynamic IP (automatically obtain). A static IP address is when instead of asking the router for an IP address, it is set to use a specific IP address that someone in the past has chosen and hard-coded for the wired adapter in the computer to use. If this is the case, it is possible that the hard-coded or Static IP does not start with 192.168.1.__.
To check to see the IP address the computer has been assigned, whether from the router or set as a static IP, you would want to run the IPCONFIG command from within the Command Window or DOS window.
Running the IPCONFIG Command to View the Computer IP Address
To find the IP address of the wired network adapter in Windows XP, Vista or 7:
- Click the Start button.
- Click Run. (In Vista and 7: There is no Run. Instead, there is a Start Search box you can type in.)
- Type in CMD or COMMAND.
- Press Enter.
- Type IPCONFIG and press Enter.
On Windows 8:
- Press and hold the Windows Key (looks like a flag) and press X at the same time.
- Type IPCONFIG and press Enter.
Note: It's not case-sensitive.
You should get something in return that reads like this:
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig
Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>
What Does This Mean?
- The IP address is the IP address of the computer.
- The Default Gateway (in this case because I am in the same subnet) it sees and shows the IP of the router.
If your IP address does not start with 192.168. then odds are it is set to a Static IP. Changing it to a dynamic or automatically obtain IP should fix the issue.
4. Using an Incorrect Username and Password
If you are making it to the router's login page, make sure you are trying some of the most common router logins or look up the correct login to your router.
5. Issue With the Wireless Router Itself
Routers go bad from time to time. If it is an older router, this may be a good opportunity to upgrade your wireless network and pick up some of the latest technology. My personal suggestion is the Edimax AC1200 router. It is the fastest wireless router to date, one of the cheapest routers, and even comes with a wireless network adapter for a computer as well.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 mybestreviews
mamat on June 17, 2020:
Malindu on April 12, 2020:
I can't opening my IP
stophack mypc on January 24, 2020:
it work on my other computer so it has nothing to with the above. someone hack my pc and changed on the computer that is not working? how to fix that?
Alkatraz on December 29, 2019:
i make to the login page but none of passwords i enter dont work
Raza Abbas on November 20, 2019:
My IP adrees in not opening
Ankush on September 18, 2019:
joefrey haule on July 23, 2019:
My friend give me a Hongdian Router with Model H7920 3G Router. and He forget both Password and IP address , Please can you help me to reset / to reset to factor default IP and password.
Shruti fashion on July 09, 2019:
Frustration on June 19, 2019:
Romelito your being gangstalked Buy your own router because these companies are in on it!
Romelito poblete on June 14, 2019:
I believe I was being watched and spied but I cannot figure out where is this coming from I discovered accidentally my neighbor is laughing and I was proud that he saw me doing something that shouldn't be shared and I said it very clearly that's why I started using bed sheet in order to protect my privacy however I've been noticing Afghan covering the entire room still the same thing next door neighbor able to know when I'm going to start my private time someday know exactly where my location and I'm starting to here's some kind of I was formation n assembly where I live I believe I was being watched not only one but few people and you speak over my neighbors I was just wondering if there's some way to verify but there is a spyware on my phone what I've noticed as well are as follows
I download that I never do an application that that's supposed to be on the list on my conversation with a friendthat I was trying to share what I thought and the communication was shut down in order to intercept what I'm going to shareI thought I solved the problem but that didn't work so I suspect that there is a hardware spy planted on my phone I need personal assistants solve this problem there's another issue that I have also discovered but it would be going next presentation I need the help I can get and educate myself and to protect my privacy as well I'll be waiting for a response
saqay on April 19, 2019:
i forget my 3G zong router ""192.168.8.1"" password . how could i recover the password . plz tell me
Majid khan on October 27, 2018:
My wifi is not showing in my mobile
andrablog from Indonesia on September 02, 2018:
Alternative ways to find your router IP address for login are using web tool that have an automatic detect router IP address, below are step-by-step find your router IP with easily:
1. Open web browser and type http://routerslogin.com
2. Find your router IP address in Auto Detect Router IP address box. Click Open to Login
3. Insert your router login credentials. Username and password.
Hopefully this will help users to find with quickly without typing IP address.
Moss Reginald on June 22, 2018:
Cannotget an answer
Oleda hale on February 06, 2018:
I can't change my password
Enma on November 07, 2017:
Happy on October 13, 2017:
Router IP address accesses valuepoint networks (SuperMesh 800) not router homepage,why?
rizalino b. lopido on September 10, 2017:
why cant i get into this? i am supposed to change my password
Constance on September 01, 2017:
Am trying to change password
dan on August 08, 2017:
i'm using a pldt home dsl when i type admin and 1234 as the deault instead of entering the setup, change password is the only thing that appears
jonalyn,firstname.lastname@example.org on July 08, 2017:
I can connect with my Ip address but I cnat login. How would I recover my password?
Andrew J Rivers Jr on June 12, 2017:
I want to change my user name and password, what do I do?
mmsajedi on March 15, 2017:
thanks. as mentioned by one of dudes , power cycle worked for me.
cool on October 06, 2016:
simply reset the router .
Varad on August 13, 2016:
Power cycle worked for me. Thanks!
Lado Puti on July 06, 2016:
Very Good article.
Then which ip is this http://www.19216802.pw
Shakes on November 09, 2015:
192.168.1.1 is still online but not responding to connection, and I wonder why
mybestreviews (author) from Tampa Bay, Florida on June 04, 2014:
If you can not connect to the wireless network with your tablet to begin with, your not going to be able to log into the router settings using that tablet. That's because your trying to talk to a device on a network your not connected to in the first place.
Think of it this way, its like trying to call the phone company to report your phone line is out and your trying to use that broken phone line for the call. It's just not gonna work.
To check or change the wireless settings, you should use a computer wired directly to the wireless router. Hope that helps.
Raphael on June 04, 2014:
I can't. Connect to my router, I am using a tablet, samsung p3
J Forlanda from US of A on July 21, 2013:
Good tips for troubleshooting access to a router. These are definitely most that one can do if they didn't tinker with the default settings. If they did and they've simply forgotten their password, they can always reset the router to its original settings. In most cases, you'll need a paper clip to press a reset button through a small hole in the back of the router. Search the web to recall the default password, if the manual is no longer available.