How to Open Router Settings on Windows

And what to look for when you're there

What to Know

  • Enter your router's IP address in a web browser, then enter the user name and password to access the admin console.
  • Some routers have a mobile app you can download to access your network settings.
  • Log in to your router to rename your network, change passwords, enhance your network's security, and manage connected devices.

This article explains how to open router settings on Windows 11 and Windows 10. The instructions apply broadly to all router brands and models, including modem router combos.

How Can I Access My Router Settings?

To access your router's admin page and change the settings, follow these steps:

Some routers, such as Google Wifi, use a mobile app to access the router.

  1. Find your router's IP address. Common default gateway IP addresses include,, and

  2. Find your router's user name and password. You can usually find this information on the bottom of the router. If you don't see it, look it up on the manufacturer's website.

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

  3. Open a web browser and enter your router's IP address in the address bar.

    Router IP address highlighted in Chrome web browser
  4. Enter the user name and password for your router. You will then be logged into your router's admin interface.

    User name and Password in Netgear router login window

Managing Your Router Settings

The settings for your home wireless network are saved on your router. From your router's admin interface, you can:

On some routers, you can enable remote administration so that you can manage your router settings when you're connected to a different network. Check the manual that came with your router or look up the documentation on the manufacturer's website for specific instructions.

Netgear router admin interface in Chrome browser

Why Can't I Access My Router Admin Page?

If you get an error message when trying to access your router, make sure you're connected to the correct network and double-check the login credentials. If the admin password or username has been changed and you don't know it, reset your router to factory settings.

If you're still having issues, restart your router and modem, then try again. If you have a third-party firewall set up, you might need to disable it temporarily.

  • How do I open Comcast router settings?

    To access your Comcast Xfinity router settings, ensure you're connected to your Xfinity network. Then, in a web browser, enter; you'll see a login screen. Enter your user name and password, and you'll be able to access your router settings.

  • How do I change my router's security settings?

    When logged in to your router's admin panel, go to the Wireless Security or Wireless Network section and look for a Wireless Network Configuration option. Select the WPA or WPA 2 option. Another way to boost your router's security is to turn on your wireless router's built-in firewall.

  • How do I reset my router to factory settings?

    Different routers may have their own reset procedures. Generally, to reset a router to factory settings, power it on and find the Reset button on the back or bottom. Use a paperclip or similar pointy item and hold down the Reset button for 30 seconds.

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