It is not a necessity that you must connect to a router manually every time you want to access the internet. However, it is essential to know how to connect to a router, especially when you want to reset the router due to technical reasons. To perform the connection and setup, you need to know the router’s IP address.
Anytime you want to make changes to your network or to set up port forwarding rules, the router’s IP address plays a significant role. This means that to access a router as an admin, you should be having the router’s IP address as well as the username and password.
To connect to the router as an admin, follow these steps:
1. Know your IP address
The first step is to connect the computer to the router with an Ethernet cable or through a wireless connection. To be able to connect to the router successfully, you need to have the your router’s IP address and make sure that it is correct. Most routers have default addresses like 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
2. Use a web browser
The next step is to open a browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or Firefox, etc., and then request to connect to the router using the IP address.
3. Login with username and password
Next, enter the information provided for administrative login. This step helps in authenticating and accessing the admin settings. Usually, routers comes with default usernames and passwords. However, it is always good to check your router's default username and password before trying to use the default one.
In the event that you are unable to figure out the correct IP address then search online for your router model. You can also restore factory defaults by hard pressing the Reset button at the back of your router. This should ideally last for about 10 to 30 seconds.
4. Access the wireless settings
Once you have logged in, you will see from the screen several options on the router's main menu. If you have received any specific instructions from your internet service providers, follow their instructions carefully. To set up your wireless connection, go to the Wireless section.
5. Things to do if you can't access your router settings
If you can’t access router settings, disconnect the modem from the router. Turn off or cut power supply to the router, wait for a few minutes and then turn it on and try again.
6. Create a name for your wireless network
You can enter a unique name under the SSID or Name field in Wireless section. This is the name that the other devices will see when scanning for available networks nearby. Enable the SSID broadcast - doing this will turn on the wireless network - to be used by any device within its range.
7. Secure your connection
You can select from the available security options for your network. If you want the best security, select the encryption method, WPA2-PSK, which intruders or hackers find extremely difficult to crack.
8. Create a password
After choosing your security method, create a password for your network. Make sure that the password is a combination of alphanumeric letters, including at least one capital letter, symbols, and numbers. Never use a password which can be easily guessed by anyone, such as your phone number - because people in your network already have it!
9. Save the changes on settings
Once done with setting up the password for your network, choose 'Apply' or 'Save' button. The router will reset itself and activate the wireless network.
10. Change the default username and password of the router
Once the network configuration is over, you can proceed to change the username and password in the administration section to prevent any unauthorized changes.
How to connect to a router is a simple process if only you can follow these steps carefully. You can choose the sites you want to block to make them inaccessible to people using your network. To do this, you can use the built-in blocking tools from the 'Security' or 'Block' section of your router.