- Admin Login

What is the IP is your wireless router’s default Internet Protocol (IP address), and as such, it plays the part of a gateway for the network you have at home or the office. The IP plays a vital role in your router establishing connections with internet-capable devices you connect to the Wi-Fi. The router receives requests for data packages you need from websites and apps across the World Wide Web. After that, it sends these requests to the relevant locations over the internet and receives them on the Internet Service Provider (ISP) – assigned public IP. has another crucial role – through this address, you can access your router’s admin panel and set up your network in a way that allows you to experience your browsing activities in the best possible way.

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The manufacturer of your wireless router has set up as the default private IP of the device. You will find it listed on the label at the back of the router, along with the username and password you need to use to log into the admin panel. If either of those doesn’t work, that means someone has already changed the default settings. This could be:

  • Your Internet Service Provider, while setting up your home or office wireless network.
  • The previous owner of the device, if you have bought it secondhand.

In both cases, you can try asking them for the right private IP and login credentials. If you don’t have the time for that, you can simply factory reset your router. Before you go for that option, have in mind that any previous changes made to the settings of the wireless network will disappear. You will have to start from scratch. To factory reset your wireless router, first, locate the Reset button at the back of the device. You might need to use a pin or a paperclip to press it. Hold the reset button for half a minute while the device is switched on. The Wi-Fi, LAN, and Power lights on the router will first start blinking, then go dark. Release the Reset button and wait for the router to boot up. Now you can proceed to log into the admin panel at

Getting to the Home Screen of the Admin Menu

Make sure your wireless network is up and running and connect to it. Consider using an Ethernet cable to make the connection more stable, and avoid unnecessary interruptions. Fire up your favorite internet browser (Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Chrome) and type in the address bar. When you hit Enter, you should open a login page where you can use the default username and password for your device. The design of the menu you find yourself in depends on the brand and model of your wireless router. In any case, here you are going to find a host of tabs and settings menus that you can use to personalize your network and make it run smoother.

Personalize Your Wi-Fi Network

Go to the Wireless Settings tab and choose a new name for your network. The default Service Set Identifier (SSID) should be the brand and model of your router. Choosing a new name for it to reflect your personality – or identify your business, if you are using the router at your office – is an important step. Not only will it make your network stand out from others in the range, but it will also improve its security. People logged into your network who can see the model of the router can guess your private IP is and gain unauthorized access to the device’s settings. For the same reason, you should set up a strong password for the network. In that way, you can choose only the people you trust to log onto your Wi-Fi. The frequency of your network is another important setting you can adjust from the Wireless Settings tab. Choose 2.4Ghz if you want your Wi-Fi to cover a wider range. Have in mind that the speed and the stability of the connection will suffer, especially the further you get from the router. The 5Ghrtz frequency is perfect if you want a strong, fast connection within a narrower range. If you will be using your primarily to stream video from services like Netflix and Hulu, or for gaming, pick up the 5Ghrtz frequency. Don’t forget to place the router close to the main device that will be using the connection.

Improve Your Network’s Security

Move on to the Network Settings tab next. There you can change the default username and password you use to log into your router at Choose a strong password that contains both upper and lower case letters, special symbols, and numbers. Some modern routers even offer a 2-factor authentication feature. Check out if yours have and consider enabling it. Once you are done with that, you can rest assured you have done your best to protect your wireless network from unauthorized access from within the network itself.

The admin panel, however, may offer you an option to protect your wireless network from outside attacks, as well. Many new routers from big brands like Linksys, NEC, and TP-Link have built-in VPN capabilities. The VPN hides your public IP from websites, web services, and apps you access through your wireless network. Your public IP contains location and other personal data you don’t want in the hands of ill-intentioned individuals. A VPN service is the best way to mask your public IP. Before you subscribe to one of the many commercially available VPNs, check if your offers a free option. Enabling it will be just as efficient.

Now that you are done adjusting the main settings, personalizing and securing your Wi-Fi network, it is time to look around the menu of your admin panel. You will find many additional settings you can play with to make your Wi-Fi network even better.

Quality of Service

Quality of Service (QoS) is one of your router’s best features. The Quality of Service setting adjusts incoming and outgoing traffic from your network depending on the priority of the activity. It used to be the go-to feature for VoIP services. Today, however, even a regular home Wi-Fi network receives a lot of traffic from activities like streaming, gaming, or running smart appliances.

The Quality of Service feature of your router allows you to adjust the priority of upstream and downstream traffic depending on the service. For example, you can put gaming on the top of the priority list, so that when you need a higher speed during your sessions, the traffic will be directed primarily to that. Or, you can choose to stream, to ensure a crystal clear picture while you are watching Netflix. Some routers allow you to prioritize devices over types of services. That means you can set up your TV or desktop PC to have a priority when it comes to internet traffic. To do that, you will need to enter the unique MAC address of the device. If you don’t know the MAC address, you can:

  1. Call your ISP and ask for it.
  2. Open the command prompt in your Windows computer and type “ipconfig”. Hit enter and you will see your computer’s MAC address next to “Physical Address”. The process is similar for devices running different operating systems.

Guest Networks

Another useful feature you will find in your router’s settings is the Guest Networks. Set up a guest network if you’d like to protect your personal information from unauthorized access. People who log in to your guest network will be able to access the internet and other network features you allow. However, they won’t be able to have the degree of control over the network you have. You can enable the Guest Network from the Wireless Settings tab in your router’s admin panel. You can choose an SSID and password for the guest network. While it is highly recommended to use a strong password for your main network, it will not be a problem to choose a weaker, more accessible one for your guest network. Make sure to check out this network’s features you can set up, like:

  • Hours during which the guest network will be available
  • Its frequency
  • How many people can simultaneously connect to it

By doing so you will ensure that your wireless network is accessible, but at the same time, it can’t be abused.

Parental Control

Another useful option you might want to look into is the Parental Control one. It’s no use playing the bad cop all the time, policing the time your kids spend on the internet and the sites they visit. You can save yourself and your partner a lot of hassle by simply setting the Parental Control options in the admin panel according to your liking and needs. You can use the MAC addresses of the devices you kids use to let the router identify what and when to restrict access to. You can ban certain websites and services from sending data packages to devices defined in the Parental Control tab. Or, you can completely block these devices from accessing the wireless network during certain times of the day – for example, when the kids need to do their homework or go to bed.

Monitoring Traffic

The admin panel offers a useful tool that allows you to check what internet traffic goes through your wireless network. You will find the option in the Advanced Settings menu. The next tab you need to look for will be called Traffic Monitor or Traffic Meter. You can see the volume of traffic that goes through your network at the moment, or view statistics for the past day, week, month, or year. The Traffic Monitor has an option to set a limit to both the outgoing (uploads) and incoming (downloads) traffic to your network. This feature is particularly useful for small businesses that are on the lookout for security breaches. The Traffic Monitor will also tell if you key applications you use for your work get enough bandwidth. If you see something is off, you can adjust the priority of the devices or apps from the Quality of Service feature.