How Do I Remote Access My Home Router?

By Mickey Walburg

If you have a router installed at your home and you want to access it from outside of your home network, you may have wondered if it’s even possible to do so. The good news is yes, it is possible to remotely access your home router from an outside network. However, if your home router doesn’t natively support this, it will take some extra work to enable you to access it. All you need to know is a bit of information about your home router, which you can find by reading the instruction manual.

Connecting to a Router that Supports Web Access

Depending on what type of router you have, the process to set up web access to it may vary slightly. However, the general approach will be the same. If your router supports web-based access, you will need to log into it and look for a section of the router configuration that says something to the effect of "Web Access" or "Remote Access." In this section, you'll want to enable web access and set a username and password. If you want your connection to your home router to be secure, check the option to enable HTTPS connections (if available) so that your data will be encrypted as it is sent back and forth from the computer to the router. After all of this has been set up, access your router by typing HTTP:// or HTTPS:// (if HTTPS is enabled) in a browser URL bar, followed by the IP address of your router. For example, if the IP address of your router is 1.1.1.1 and you have enabled HTTPS, you would type "HTTPS://1.1.1.1," enter your username and password and then you would be logged in to your router control panel.

Connecting to a Router that Doesn’t Support Web Access

Most modern routers support web access, but if yours doesn't, you can still access it by connecting to your home computer first, then connecting to the router. To do this, you'll need to go into your home computer and enable "Remote Desktop Connections." Right-click on "My Computer," go to the "Remote" tab and check the option to allow remote connections. Then, log in to your router, go to the "Port Forwarding" section and forward port 3389 to your home computer. Go to a computer that is outside of your home network and click the "Start" button, click "Run," then type "MSTSC" into the Run window and click "OK." In the Remote Desktop Connection window, enter the IP address of your home computer and click the "Connect" button. After you are logged into your home computer, you can access your router as though you are sitting in front of your home computer. Be aware of the fact that making any changes to your home router will likely disconnect you from your Remote Desktop session and you'll have to reconnect again if this occurs.