Setting up your home wireless network can be a drag. Sure, you're excited about moving into your new place, or about getting a new piece of equipment, but reading through the instructions and manuals is a hassle.
As frustrating as it is, taking the extra steps to secure your home network is critically important. We've warned you that hackers are now targeting insecure routers to infect smart home devices with malware. We've also warned about flaws in popular routers that leave you even more vulnerable to these attacks.
Tip within a tip: Need to change the password on your router? Click here and we'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions.
Before you can begin updating the security settings on your router, you'll need to locate certain pieces of information first. If your router is new, finding these details is usually pretty easy. The manufacturer includes your default IP address, password and username in the setup instructions. However, if you've had your equipment for a while, you might not remember where you stored those instructions. Or, you may have tossed them out a long time ago.
If this is the case, don't worry! You can still find that information by using this handy website. It's called Routeripaddress.com.
This site is great because it's one of the most comprehensive lists out there. It uses a community userbase to update the information daily, so you won't have to worry about finding what you're looking for. You can also submit details about your particular router model so that the database continues to grow.
Search by brand or model to find what you're looking for, or browse through the extensive lists. Once you find your router in the database, the site will give you information about the manufacturer, when that model was released, its default IP address and login credentials, as well as certain features it includes.
Click the blue box below to check it out and locate the default information for your router. Then, use this tip to begin the process of taking the security of your home network to the next level.