Netgear Router Default Admin Login

How To Login at a Netgear Router

Congratulations, you are the proud owner of a brand new Netgear wireless router. The device will become the basis of your Wi-Fi network at home or at the office. So what is the next step? You need to log into the Netgear router and configure it, of course. Don’t worry. The process is neither complicated nor time-consuming.

The first thing to do is to switch on your Netgear router. To access the Netgear router login, ensure your device is connected to the Netgear router's wifi network. Once it boots up, connect a laptop or a desktop computer to it. You can either use the wireless network or directly connect the two devices via an Ethernet cable. Then, open an internet browser of your choice and type the router’s private IP in the address bar. This IP address is also known as the default gateway IP. The most common default private IP used by Netgear is and it is used for accessing the router admin page. If for some reason this does not work, you might need to check the router's IP address on the router admin page. To be certain, look in the user manual or the label on the back of the device.

Most Common IPs for Netgear Routers

IP AddressLogin

Default Usernames and Passwords for Netgear Routers

admin password
superuser password
admin admin
admin 1234

Configuration and Settings of Netgear Routers

You will find yourself on the landing page of the Netgear admin panel. If the Netgear router login page does not appear, try using Google Chrome and clear the browser's cache by selecting "Clear Browsing Data" from the browser toolbar. The default username and password combination used by Netgear is “admin” and “password” respectively. Some older models use “1234” as a default password. If you have forgotten the admin password, use the router password recovery page to reset it. Again, you can check the label on the back to clarify what the precise login combination for your model is. For a Netgear Nighthawk router login, you might need to use the Nighthawk app, especially for newer models. Once you log into the Netgear router as an admin, you will be able to make all sorts of adjustments to your wireless network – change the default IP and logins, assign it as SSID (your network’s name) and password, and many more. This is also where you can update the router settings, including the wifi password. Explore the admin menu and make your Wi-Fi network faster, personalized, and more secure.

Netgear Router Models and Makes

Netgear routers vary in capabilities and price. Some of the most popular models currently maintained by the brand are:

  • Netgear Home Wi-Fi System
  • Netgear Nighthawk RAX80 Wi-Fi 6 Router
  • Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000
  • Netgear Nighthawk XR500
  • Netgear Nighthawk R6700

Each model has unique features and accessing the router admin for each might slightly differ.

The Netgear Home Wi-Fi System gives you the best quality for price ratio on the market today. This router is priced at around $150, and for this, you get a class-A hardware configuration that you can rely on to last for years. It is designed in a way to provide stable connections throughout large apartments and even houses without drops in connectivity.

If you are on a limited budget, or you need a wireless router for a small one-bedroom apartment, go for Netgear Nighthawk R6700. This budget offering from Netgear balances reliability and price perfectly. While it is unable to cover large areas, it still offers the quality and durability associated with all Netgear routers.

About Netgear

Netgear is a computer network company and router manufacturer based in San Jose, California. It has offices in 22 countries and with an annual revenue of 932 million USD, it is one of the largest router manufacturers in the world. Netgear was founded by Patrick Lo in 1996 after Lo graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Brown University. The company went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2003. At the moment, Netgear products are to be found on the shelves of over 24 000 retail stores across the globe. The company has some 19 000 value-added resellers and works with many cable, mobile, and wireline service providers.

In addition to high-quality, durable routers, Netgear produces their famous ProSAFE switches aimed at business clients. The password recovery feature of Netgear routers is particularly appreciated by users who tend to forget their login credentials. Other products include network-attached storage solutions for consumers and small businesses and network surveillance cameras under the Arlo brand. The Netgear chipsets are used to run in monitor mode and carry out the wireless injection.

Troubleshooting Netgear Routers

Two common issues Netgear users experience include:

  • The Wi-Fi is not working – the first order of business is to check if you are connected to your Netgear router’s network. If that is indeed so, check the LED lights on the router. Is the Internet LED on? Try connecting your laptop directly to the router via an Ethernet cable to see if there is still no internet connection. If the router seems to be working properly, but there is no internet, contact your ISP. Chances are the issue is on your provider’s end.
  • Unable to connect to the admin panel – if you type the default private IP associated with your Netgear router and get an error message, it is quite possible either your ISP or previous owner has changed it. Try calling them to find out what they are. If you are unable to find out the current private IP, factory reset the router by holding the reset button at the back for thirty seconds. That will wipe out any changes made to the device’s configuration and bring back all netgear router settings to default.