How do I adjust the settings of my home router?

After a router has been connected to your home network, you may adjust its settings by going through the following steps.

  1. Make sure your computer is connected to your router via one of the numbered ports or wirelessly. Your computer should not be plugged into the WAN or Internet port.
  2. Open any Internet browser window.
  3. In the address bar, type the IP address of your router; which is usually If this address does not work, skip to the section for determining your router address.
  4. If the computer you are using can connect to the router, a prompt should pop up, asking for a username and password. Often, the default username and password are both admin. Otherwise, they'll be whatever you or your network administrator has changed them to.
  5. Upon entering the correct username and password, you should see a setup screen similar to the example below.

Linksys router setup screen

Determining router address

  1. Open a command prompt window by clicking Start, Run (or search) and type cmd and press enter.
  2. At the command prompt type: ipconfig and press enter. You should get information similar to the example below. The Default Gateway is the address of your router.

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Note: If the Default Gateway doesn't connect to your router, refer to Step One in the first section, then run ipconfig in the command prompt again. If you still can't get access, you may need to reset your router's username and password.

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