How to open router settings

The router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers perform the traffic directing functions on the Internet. A data packet is typically forwarded from one router to another router through the networks that constitute an internetwork until it reaches its destination node.

A router is connected to two or more data lines from different networks. When a data packet comes in on one of the lines, the router reads the network address information in the packet to determine the ultimate destination. Then, using information in its routing table or routing policy, it directs the packet to the next network on its journey.

Here you’ll learn how to open router settings in just a few easy steps for Windows user or even Mac OS X user, do it at your own risk because I will not responsible for damage to your router.


1) Open Command prompt

Go to start and search ‘cmd’. Then right click on ‘Command Prompt’ and click ‘Run as administrator’.


What is a command prompt?

A command prompt is the input field in a text-based user interface screen for an operating system or program. A prompt, in this context, is something designed to elicit an action. The command prompt consists of a brief text string followed by a blinking cursor, which is where the user types command.

2) Run Command on CMD

Once the command prompt is open, type ‘ipconfig’ and press enter.

The command will display all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings. Used without parameters, it displays the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for all adapters.

3) Get Default Gateway Address

Look for Default Gateway and copy IP address given corresponding to it.


Router Gateway

A default gateway is used to allow devices in one network to communicate with devices in another network. If your computer, for example, is requesting an internet webpage, the request first runs through your default gateway before exiting the internet.

macOS X:

1) Open System Preferences

On your desktop, click the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.

2) Select Network.

Select your Connected internet connection from the left-hand column. This may be the Ethernet section if you’re connected via Ethernet cable, or the Wi-Fi section if you’re connected via WiFi.


3) Get Default Gateway Address

Wi-Fi: Click Advanced in the bottom right-hand corner of the window, and then select the TCP/IP tab. You’ll find the default gateway address listed next to Router.

Ethernet: You’ll find your modem’s default gateway address next to Router as shown below.

IMPORTANT: If the default gateway shown begins with “169.254”, then your modem is failing to get a response from the DHCP server. You should reset your TCP/IP settings and if the issue persists, restart Wi-Fi/Airport.

Open Router settings

On a computer or device that’s connected to your modem via Ethernet or WiFi, open your web browser.

Type http:// followed by the default gateway address into the address bar and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari

Log in with the default username and/or password as required. If you have changed the password from the default, use your custom password instead.

You must consult the user manual or check the manufacturer’s website for support information to find out the correct default username and password.


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