Gaining access to your router is not as hard as you think. Follow these steps and you’ll realise you don’t need to be a tech whizz to do it.
- Make sure your desktop or notebook is connected to the router in question. It doesn’t matter which, an Ethernet cable or wireless connection will do.
- Now you need to know your IP address. That’s the admin login 192.168.100.1. Most routers use default IP addresses using similar formats such as 192.168.0.1, 192.168.10 or 192.168.1.0. As mentioned above, you can typically find this information on the base of the router. If the IP address is not there, we will go into details on how to find out what it is a little later.
- The next step is to open your web browser. Use any of the popular offerings. Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, it doesn’t make any difference. To gain access to your router type in the IP address in the browsers’ address bar. This will connect to 192.168.100.1, the IP address of your router.
- Now you need to use your login details as administrator to access the settings of your router. Most routers come with default username and passwords, for example admin/admin. If these don’t work check your paperwork for the router, depending on the manufacturer there may be variations.
What is the Username and Password for 192.168.100.1
If you have not kept the documents don’t worry. Most of the time this information is located on a sticker at the bottom of the router. If the sticker is not there, you can search online for a user manual. These come in a PDF and the default settings will be in the guide. If you can’t find a user guide here is a list of commonly used usernames and passwords.
What Is An IP Address (192.168.100.1)?
Think of it as a postal address for your computer. In the same way you need an address before you can send a letter to a friend, your computer needs a digital address to connect with another computer/device on that network.
When we say device we mean anything that can connect to a network be it a phone, notebook, tablet, smart TV, toaster or any other smart device for that matter. IP addresses are made up of four numbers separated by a point not a comma.
To allow for the huge amount of addresses needed these four groups of numbers range from 0 to 255. So, now you see how you get to 192.168.100.1. This number is specifically used to gain access to your router admin.Next time you want to reconfigure any settings, such as password and username, this is the address to use.
How to Change Your WiFi Password at 192.168.100.1
- Login to your router’s IP address https://192.168.100.1 via an internet browser, using your username and password.
- Go to settings. Find and open the wireless section. This may have sub sections so look for wireless security. Different manufacturers may configure their settings pages differently. With that in mind the setting needed could be titled “change router password”. It may be that simple.
- You will find a box with the label “shared key”, “password” or “passphrase”. Type your new password in that box. Some manufacturers require you to repeat the password to make sure you don’t make an error.
Here is where you can create a password that is virtually impossible to guess. A strong password is at least 8 characters long. Use a good selection of upper and lowercase, special characters such as @, # or% and of course numbers. Avoid using anything personal like birth-dates.
What is the Name of the WiFi Network (SSID) at 192.168.100.1?
You can find your SSID in your admin panel by going to the settings page. Click on the WLAN or wireless basic settings and your SSID will be listed.
Alternatively, you can find your SSID on your computer if you are connected to the network. If you are using windows open the Windows/Start menu, enter the search field Network and Sharing Center the SSID displays as being connected.
If you are using a Mac go to Applications and select Utilities. Your SSID is displayed there. An even quicker way to find your SSID is if you have a WiFi icon on your taskbar. Click on this and all available SSIDs will be listed. If you are connected to your router, it will display as a connected network.
What is the IP of my Router? How to Discover the IP Address of Your Router
For Windows there are two simple ways to discover your router’s IP address.
The first method:
- Go to the Start menu, enter CMD in the search field, click on Command Prompt.
- In the new window type and enter ipconfig.
- The field Default Gateway will have the IP address in it.
The second method:
- Find the Network icon in the bottom right of the screen and click on it
- Right click on the icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center
- There will be a link next to the option Connections click on that
- Then click on Details
- Look for IPv4 Default Gateway and your router’s IP address will be next to that
For Mac OS X there are also two simple ways to find your router’s IP address
The first method:
- Click Utilities and Terminal
- The screen will open and you type netstat-nr | grep default
- The IP will appear next to default
The second method:
- Go to Apple menus click System references
- Select Network References
- Choose WiFi then click Advanced > TCP/IP
- Next to router you will see the IP address
For iPad or iPhone simply go to settings, WiFi click(i) and the address is next to Router
For Android devices it’s much the same, go to settings click on WiFi click on your network and among other information you will find your IP address listed.