How to access a home network router setup or console

Updated: 06/27/2017 by Computer Hope

Access pointThis document is meant to provide home network users a general resource on how to access their router setup or console and adjust the settings and information. Because of how many different routers are available today, not all of the steps below may apply to you.

Tip: Skip all the steps below by trying the most common IP router addresses. Click either,, or to open a new window in your browser with the router setup. If these links do not work follow the steps below.

Determine router address

Before being able to access the router you must determine its IP address by following the steps below.

Microsoft Windows users

  1. Open the Windows command prompt.
  2. At the command prompt type: ipconfig and press enter. After doing this you should get information similar to the example below.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

  1. If you have multiple network adapters make sure you are looking at the Ethernet adapter. The Default Gateway address is the IP address of your router connected to your computer. In the above example, the IP address we want to remember is

Note: If you have multiple routers in your home or business, such as a cable and wireless router skip to the below multiple router users section.

Linux users

Linux users can follow the same steps listed above for Windows users. However, instead of using the ipconfig command in the console you would want to be using the ip command and viewing the information for inet. For example:

ip a | grep inet
inet scope host lo
inet6 ::1/128 scope host 
inet brd scope global dynamic eth0
inet6 fe77::ea9a:8fbf:fa17:74b7/64 scope link

Multiple routers

If you are using multiple routers in your network setup, make sure you know the IP address of the specific router you want to access. If this isn't the router you're currently connected to, you can try performing a traceroute.

To perform a traceroute using Microsoft Windows, type: tracert If you are using Linux, type: traceroute Either of these commands will provide you with output similar to the example below.

1 1 ms <1 ms <1 ms
2 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms
3 * * * Request timed out.
14 31 ms 31 ms 30 ms unknown. []
15 31 ms 29 ms 31 ms []
16 91 ms 203 ms 215 ms []
17 44 ms 29 ms 31 ms []

As can be seen in the above example, the first two hops are the internal routers. If we want to look at the router connected to the Internet the address we would remember the address is

Accessing the router

Once you have determined the IP address of the router you want to access, open an Internet browser window and in the address bar type the IP address. So, if you are IP address was enter "" in the address bar.

If accessible, you should be prompted for a username and password. Enter this information. If you do not know this information, it is likely the default username and password are being used (this should be changed). The default information for your router can be found in the router documentation. Often it is either "admin" or "administrator" as both username and password or one or the other as the username and no password.

After entering the proper username and password you should have full access to the router and be able to manage the router and its settings.

Unable to access

If you are unable to access the router using the above steps, try pinging the router IP address by typing: ping (enter your router IP address if different) at the command prompt or in the console. If you do not get a response back, check your network connections.

If you get a ping response back but cannot access the router through the above steps, it is possible that your router settings are accessed differently. Alternatively you can try telneting to the router.

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