How To Log In To A Netgear Router

How To Log In To A Netgear Router

Why Log Into A Netgear Wireless Router?

If you are wondering why you would need to log in to your Netgear wireless router—or any router, for that matter—it’s because there are people nowadays who would stop at nothing to hack into your router, sometimes just for the heck of it.

So, primarily for the reason of amping up security and privacy—and other reasons such as shielding your children from the dark side of Internet, perhaps—this article here will guide you through how to making everything safer for you and your family.

It’s simple enough to do it yourself, and will only take a few minutes. There are several ways of logging into your router.

How To Log In To A Netgear Router

Logging into your router through Ethernet is the most reliable method, due to the stable direct connection to your computer. Here is how:

Netgear Router Login With Cable

1. Attach one end of your Ethernet cable to your modem’s port, the other to your computer’s LAN port.

2. Plug both modem and computer to your outlet and power them up.

3. Wait for modem to power up completely, which will take approximately three minutes. During this time, your computer will be fully booted up too.

4. Open your browser, type in the IP address in the address bar. The default IP address is usually or

You should also be able to access your modem by typing or into your browser’s address bar.

5. The username/password window will pop up. Fill in the necessary details and you’re in! Now you can start tweaking your connection the way you want to.

The login details are usually printed at the back of the modem, on the top right corner beside the label “LAN”.

If this doesn’t work, please refer to the sections below.

How To Configure Netgear Routers

Log Into A Netgear Router Using Wi-Fi

If your computer doesn’t have a LAN port, don’t fret: you can always log into the dashboard via Wi-Fi. Just follow these steps:

Netgear Router Login Using Wi-Fi

1. Plug in your modem and turn it on. Wait for the modem to power up completely, which will take about three minutes. During this time, turn on your computer. By the time the modem finishes powering up, your computer will be fully booted up as well.

2. Go to your computer’s connection settings and look for the router’s SSID or Wi-Fi network name. It’s usually “NETGEARXX”, XX being the variable values. Sometimes, it is just NETGEAR.

3. Try to connect and type in the password. You may find the router’s network name and password printed on the bottom right part of your modem.

4. Open your browser, type in the IP address in the address bar.

5. The username/password window will pop up. Fill in the necessary details, and voila!

You may now personalize your connection.

Once again, the login details are usually printed at the back of the modem. Read on if you are still having issues.

Changing Netgear Wireless Name & Password

Remote access - Log into a Netgear router using Remote Management

In some cases, you may have to log into your router remotely. A remote connection means accessing your router through another internet connection.

If using this method, here’s what you do:

Log Into Netgear Router With Remote ?????Management

1. At this point, we will assume that you are connected to the Internet. Open your browser.

2. In the address bar, type in or or the exact IP address if you know it.

3. The username/password window will pop up. Fill in the necessary details. The default username is usually “admin”, with the default password being “password”.

4. When the home dashboard screen comes up, go to “advanced”, then select “remote management”.

5. Check the blank box beside “Turn Remote Management On”.

6. Below that, you will have to type in the IP address/addresses that you’re giving permission to remotely access your router. You have three options:

a. Select the “Only This Computer” button so that you can add one IP address.

b. Select the “IP Address Range” button to give several IP addresses access. Enter two IP addresses—a beginning and an end—to define the allowed range.

c. Select the “Everyone” button to allow access to ANY IP address on the Internet. Do this with the utmost care.

7. Specify the port number. Standard value is 80. For more security, enter a custom port number. You may choose any number from 1024 to 65535. This is a lot safer than using the default port number of 8080.

8. Click on the “Apply” button, and wait for the changes to take effect.

Please remember that this method is the riskiest among the three, as you risk getting your router hacked.

So it’s best not to always leave your router’s remote management on.

Netgear Router Default Password & IP Address

You may find the different default passwords used in the different login methods on the back of the router.

As previously mentioned, to access your router’s dashboard, the default IP address is or or “”. If that doesn’t work, here’s how to get the IP address:

If you’re on Windows, press the windows button on your keyboard and “R” at the same time.

Type in “cmd” then press the Enter key.

The command prompt window will pop up, type “ipconfig” and press the Enter key.

Locate “Default Gateway”, and type in those numbers in your web browser.

Default Gateway in Command Prompt Windows - Netgear Routers

If you are on MAC, go to “System Preferences” under the Apple menu. Click “network”, then select the connection you are currently on. The string of numbers under “router” is what you type in your web browser.

If it doesn’t work, you may have to reset your modem. Locate the “Restore Factory Settings” button at the back of your modem—it is outlined in red. Press it with a pointed object, and wait until the lights turn off and back on, then try again.

Read more about resetting a Netgear router here

Reset Your Netgear Router

If you still can’t log in using the default values after the reset, call your modem’s customer service for assistance.

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