How to Access Wireless Internet Router Settings

By Jonathan Diehl

All routers come with software built-in for managing and configuring network settings. Within the local network, that is, the hardware behind the firewall, devices are assigned a static IP address known as a LAN address. The LAN address is used for accessing devices such as routers from a computer connected to the local network.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Router IP address
  • Router login credentials

Using Ubuntu Linux

Step 1

Find out the router IP address. Right-click the network connection icon in the top-left corner of the screen and then select \"Connection Information\" in the short-cut menu that appears. The router IP address is listed next to the words \"Default Route.\"

Step 2

Login to the router. Open a web browser and type the IP Address listed next to \"Default Route\" into the address bar. At the user name and password prompt, type the router login credentials. If you have a \"Linksys\" or \"D-Link\" router, leave the \"Username\" blank and type \"admin\" (without quotes) in the \"Password form field. If you have a \"Netgear\" router, type \"username\" in the \"Username\" form field and \"admin\" in the \"Password\" form field. If you have a different brand of router, consult the documentation that came with your router for this information.

Step 3

Access wireless settings. Upon login to the router, you may access, change and edit wireless settings as needed.

Using windows XP

Step 1

Find out the router IP address. Click \"Start,\" then \"Run\" and type the letters \"cmd\" (all commands are typed without quotation marks) in the form field. Press the \"Enter\" key. At the command prompt window, type \"cd \\\" and then press the \"Enter\" key. At the \"C:\\\" prompt, type \"ipconfig /all\" and then press the \"Enter\" key. Scroll down until you come to a section of information with the words \"Default Gateway.\" The router IP address is listed next to the words \"Default Gateway.\"

Step 2

Login to the router. Open a web browser and type the IP Address listed next to \"Default Gateway\" into the address bar. At the user name and password prompt, type the router login credentials. Again, if you have a Linksys or D-Link router, leave the \"Username\" blank and type \"admin\" (without quotes) in the \"Password form field. If you have a Netgear router, type \"username\" in the \"Username\" form field and \"admin\" in the \"Password\" form field. If you have a different brand of router, consult the documentation that came with your router for this information.

Step 3

Access wireless settings. Upon log in to the router, you may access, change and edit wireless settings as needed.