How to Open a Modem from a Computer

By Andrew Mikael

Accessing your modem's control panel from your computer proves the quickest way to change your network settings. Depending on your device, service and permission level, you can change your network password, allowed websites, user access and more.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser
  • Network connection to the modem

Step 1

Open a web browser. Any modern web browser will work, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Netscape Navigator, Safari or Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2

Type your modem's IP address into the address bar of the web browser. The default IP location for most modems and router devices is, though it may have been changed. If you cannot access the device with this address, physically resetting the modem will reset the IP address. See your modem's manual for specific IP and resetting information.

Step 3

Enter your password. Depending on the device and your network's configuration, you may need to enter a network password to access your modem's settings. See your modem's literature for default password information.

Step 4

Access your modem's settings. If you wish to change the IP address used to access your modem or your password, you may do so here.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't remember your modem's IP when you need it, bookmark it in your browser for future reference.
  • Note carefully any changes made in your modem's settings, as they control your ability to access your network. Do not change anything you are unsure of.