How to Check Router Settings

And which settings are the most important

What to Know

  • Open a web browser, enter your router's IP address in the URL bar, then enter the router's user name and password.
  • Alternatively, connect your mobile device to your Wi-Fi network and download the mobile app for your router.
  • If you get an error message, check your connection, turn off third-party firewalls, restart your router, and reset it to factory settings.

This article explains how to check your router settings on a computer or mobile device. The instructions apply broadly to all routers and modem router combos.

How Do I Get to My Router Admin Page?

To access your router's settings, log into your router's admin console from a web browser:

Some routers, like Google Wifi, can only be controlled through a mobile app.

  1. Find your router's default gateway IP address. For example, standard router IP addresses include,, and

  2. Find your router's user name and password. Look on the back or bottom of the router. If it's not on the device, look up your model on the manufacturer's website.

    Your router's user name and password are not the same as the network name (SSID) and Wi-Fi key.

  3. Open a web browser, type your router's IP address in the address bar, then press Enter.

    Router IP address highlighted in Chrome web browser
  4. Enter your router's user name and password.

    User name and Password highlighted in Netgear router login window
  5. You'll then be logged into the router's admin page. From here, you can view and change your network settings.

    Netgear router admin interface in Chrome browser

How Do I Log Into My 192.168 1.1 IP Address on My Phone?

You can access your router's settings on your phone using a mobile web browser. Just follow the steps in the previous section.

However, if your router has a mobile app, there might be a more convenient way:

  1. Connect your mobile device to your wireless network. To access the settings, you must connect your phone to your router's Wi-Fi network.

  2. Download the mobile app for your router. Search for your router's brand name in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. For example, install the Nighthawk router app if you have a Nighthawk router.

  3. Launch the app and set up an account if prompted. The app might also ask you to enter your router's user name and password. If you don't see them on the router, check the manufacturer's website.

  4. If your router is compatible with the app, you can now control its settings on your mobile device. Otherwise, it might direct you to a website where you can log in.

    Install, Create new account, and Open highlighted in the Netgear Nighthawk Wi-Fi Router app
  5. Enter the router's user name and password if prompted. You should now have access to your router's admin console. You might need to zoom in the see the different options.

    Netgear router login screen and admin settings highlighted on Android

What Should I Check for in My Router Settings?

Once you have access to the router's admin page, you can optimize your Wi-Fi network. For example, here are some steps you can take to improve your router's security and performance:

Some routers give you the option to enable remote administration, allowing you to manage your Wi-Fi network even when you're not connected. Consult your device's manual or the manufacturer's website for more specific information.

Why Can't I Access My Router Settings?

When you try to log into your router, are you getting an error message? First, make sure you've connected to your home Wi-Fi network. If you have trouble connecting with the mobile app, try logging into your IP address in a web browser.

If the default admin password and username don't work, reset your router to factory settings and try again. If you still can't access the router settings, restart your router and modem. You might have to turn off any third-party firewalls you have installed on your device.

  • How do I reset a router to factory settings?

    Resetting your router to factory settings can vary depending on your router manufacturer. For most routers, power on the router and find its physical reset button (usually on the back or bottom). Use a paperclip (or a similar pointy object) to hold down the Reset button for 30 seconds. (You may need to hold the reset button down for up to 90 seconds on some routers.) The router will reset and power back on.

  • What happens if I reset my Netgear router to factory settings?

    Performing a hard reset on your Netgear router should only be done as a last resort. When you reset a Netgear router back to its factory settings, you'll remove all previously set customizations. Among other things, a hard reset removes passwords, usernames, security keys, security settings, SSID, port forwarding settings, and custom DNS servers.

  • What security setting is best for a wireless router?

    When choosing router security settings, opt for WPA2-PSK (AES). AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard, and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) is an upgrade from the original WPA technology, which was designed as a replacement for the older and less secure WEP.

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