You are eager to try out your brand new Linksys wireless router. Or you are trying to figure out why your internet connection is too slow or maybe you have no internet connection at all. Whatever the reason is, the first place you should check is your Linksys router settings page. However if you are a non-experienced user, logging into your router and accessing the Linksys router login page can be a little problematic. For this reason we have put this guide to help you login to your Linksys router and either set it up or resolve minor home networking problems.
What is the Linksys router login IP address?
Every router manufacturer uses an IP from the private IPv4 range as a default IP address for their routers. Routers generally obtain 2 IP addresses: internal (LAN-IP) and external IP (WAN-IP). The Internal IP address for Linksys routers is 192.168.1.1. This IP can be easily changed in the router’s configuration settings. The external IP is set when the computer connects to the Inernet. Netgear (for some models) and TP-link also use this IP. Other router manufacturers use other IP addresses, for example:
- D-Link and Netgear use 192.168.0.1
- Belkin, SMC use 192.168.2.1
- Comcast Xfinity routers use 10.0.0.1
- Some other brands use 192.168.1.254
The good thing about these IP addresses is that they can’t be accessed from a computer which is not part of the home network. This feature drastically increases the home network security. Plus, these IP’s make it simple and easy for the user to access and modify the router settings.
Ultimate Linksys Router Login Guide
If you are ready to log in to your Linksys wireless router, there are certain things you have to do before that. Please note that some of these steps are covered in detail in separate articles so feel free to check them out.
- STEP 1: Checking the connections between your router and PC or laptop.
- STEP 2: Checking if 192.168.1.1 is your router’s default IP address
- STEP 3: Finding the router default username and password
- STEP 4: Logging into your router
Basically, these four steps are easy to follow and once you are done, you can go further exploring your wireless router options. If any of the steps are already completed (for example, your router is already connected), just skip it and follow the process from the next step.
STEP 1: Checking the connections
(If your router is already connected to your PC or laptop, skip this step and just check if the Ethernet cable is firmly connected to the ports or that your router is powered ON)
This step obviously requires you to already have a Linksys router which best satisfies your needs in terms of service and budget. So here is what you have to do:
- Attach the antennas to the Linksys wireless router.
- Choose a location for the router where it will be placed. Normally a central location is chosen which is not surrounded by any metal as the signal can’t pass through a metal. The router should be placed where all the users have the same distance from it to experience quality service.
- Ethernet cable is plugged in the internet port on the backside of the router. (see image below)
- Connection with the computer is then established by plugging another cable into the Ethernet port on your computer and attaching the other end of the Ethernet cable to any one of the available ports on the back of the router. Any port on the backside of the router can be used for connection except for the one labeled “WAN”.
- Then plug in the router into an electrical outlet.
- Once you do that, the power light will start blinking which shows that the router is booting up and when it stops blinking it shows that the router has finished booting up.
- Now a new IP address from the router is accessed through the dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) to reboot your computer.
STEP 2: Checking if 192.168.1.1 is your router’s default IP address
Generally, 192.168.1.1 is the default IP for Linksys routers. However, sometimes it is not the case. The reason behind this is that the previous owner (if you are using a second-hand router) or someone else has changed the router’s default IP for some reason, mainly security. Luckily, there is a simple method to find your router default IP using the Command prompt and the IPCONFIG command. The router login IP will be listed under Default Gateway.
Follow this link for a detailed step-by-step instructions on how to find your Linksys router login IP address.
STEP 3: Finding the router’s default username and password
Every router manufacturer, and Linksys as well, uses a default username/password combination which allows you to login to the router.
In this case the default Linksys router login details are:
Username – admin or just leave this field blank
Password – admin
STEP 4: Logging into your router
OK, so everything is ready now. You have checked the connections, you are certain that 192.168.1.1 is the right IP, you have written the default Linksys username and password.
– Open up your web browser and in the address bar type 192.168.1.1
– The login widow will appear. Enter the username and password, and press OK.
If everything is done right the Linksys router login page, or the so called administrative console, will open.
Great, you have finally logged in to your router. As you can see there are plenty of options you can modify here, for example:
- Enable or disable wireless internet connection
- Secure your home network
- Change the network name
- Change the default password
- Change the default IP … and the list goes on.
Possible Router Login Problems and How to fix Them
If you have followed our guide carefully, you shouldn’t have any problems to log in to your Linksys router. However, there are some cases where certain problems may occur. Therefore we have made a list of the most common problems and how to fix them easily.
BEFORE the Login window appears
Problem – You have entered the IP and nothing happens.
Reason 1 – Wrong IP
Solution – Check if you have typed the IP correctly. We all make mistakes, so it is not unusual to make a small typing mistake like 192.168.l.l.
Reason 2 – You have typed the IP in the Search bar
type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar
Solution – The Linksys router login IP (192.168.1.1) has to be typed in the address bar.
Reason 3 – Your router is OFF or it is not connected to the PC
Solution – Check if the router is powered on and that all the lights are on. Check if the Ethernet cable is properly and firmly connected to the router and PC/laptop.
Reason 4 – The laptop you are trying to connect to the router is not part of your network
Soution – A laptop or other device which is not part of your home network can’t access the router settings when you enter the Linksys router login IP. Either make it part of your network or connect it to the router using an Ethernet cable.
Reason 5 – Malfunctioning wireless router
Solution – As many other things in your house wireless routers go bad as well. However, think of this like a great opportunity to replace your old router. If it is a brand new router, either contact the seller, ISP or technical support.
AFTER the Login window appears
Problem – You have entered the IP and hit the enter button. The login window appears. You type the default username/password combination and nothing happens or you get an error page.
Solution 1 – Find other username/password combinations online. You can also check the Linksys Support Page for the right login details. Additionally there are some very good sites which offer these login details by model and brand.
Solution 2 – Reset your router to factory settings. If you continue having problems logging in you will have to reset your router to factory settings. By doing this you will erase all the previous router settings but the default username and password combination will work.