How do I find and access my router?

October 22, 2013
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In a recent article Find Out Who's Eating Your Bandwidth With These Tips Find Out Who's Eating Your Bandwidth With These Tips Click....wait. Click....wait. Click....ARG! Does that seem familiar? It's you when you run out of Internet bandwidth! Let's find out what occupies your Internet connection and how to get it back. Read More Mr. Dube wrote:

“The first and quickest way to check what’s connected to your Internet through your router is the DHCP Client table.”

But to people like me, I also need information as how to find my router. I tried Control Panel -> Network and Internet. I see no mention of routers. I tried Device Manager and only see Network Adapters.

How do I find my router’s settings?

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  1. SatishKakwani
    October 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Even i couldn't find any DHCP Client Table

  2. Kojak E
    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks. I was able to type in the default gateway into the URL bar and using the admin UN and PW got to my router. Sadly I could not find any mention of DHCP Client Table. I searched every line item in the right hand column that was available.

  3. Oron J
    October 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Hovsep's instructions are correct, but I suspect they may not be detailed enough for you. What you will need to do is to type the router's address (that's the "default gateway" number Hovsep refers to) into a web browser (i.e. in the place where you would normally type an address such as http://www.makeuseof.com).
    This will take you to your router's web page, where you will need to log in with a an admin username and password. These username and password are often printed on the underside or back of the router, or, if they are not, they will be noted in the router's user manual.
    Once you have logged on with these details, you can follow Ryan's instructions.
    However, PROCEED VERY CAREFULLY as any changes you make to the router's settings could mess up your connection or even disable it altogether. Most routers have a reset button that, if pressed for 10-20 seconds will restore the router to factory settings. Make sure to confirm this for your router before making any changes, as, once you are without a working internet connection it can be difficult to get started again...

    Good luck!

  4. Kojak E
    October 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Sorry for the big block of crap above, I wrote it with actual paragraphs that might make reading this easier.

  5. Kojak E
    October 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    A Make Use Of article said:

    "Track Down The Bandwidth Bandit Via Your Router

    You could start just about anywhere when it comes to isolating the bandwidth hog on your network or inside your computer, but in order to grab at the low-hanging fruit, it’s best to start with your network. A few of the solutions below can focus in on a culprit quickly and resolve your problems immediately. So why waste time troubleshooting your own computer before canceling out the external issues as a possibility?

    The first and quickest way to check what’s connected to your Internet through your router is the DHCP Client table. Each router is a little different, so you may need to search for which menu the table comes under. For Linksys, it’s typically under the “Status” Tab, and then the “Local Network” menu item."

    This was the first step I wanted to try. But honestly, even with my getting to Netgear, I could not identify DHCP Client table.

    The main reason I would like to understand something like this is because I get plenty of bandwidth from my cable modem. My download speed is between 20-30Mbps. Google is saying there will be a time that 1gbps will be available. But if my system chokes on 20-30mbps, then 1gbps will not help. I will continue to get pauses when watching YouTube, when trying to go from one site to another and the delay is noticeable.

    I had hoped Ryan Dube's article might teach me if I can do something to get my stuff to work better.

  6. Kev Q
    October 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I agree with Hovsep, looking for your default gateway from command line is the quickest and easiest way. Out of interest, what is it you're trying to do with your router?

  7. Hovsep A
    October 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    On chrome in the address bar, type in the address of your router and hit "Enter." like
    •Linksys - http://192.168.1.1
    •Belkin - http://192.168.2.1
    •Netgear - http://192.168.0.1.

    to find yours
    1) go to run and type cmd, right click on it and choose run as administrator
    2) type: ipconfig /all
    in the result check your default gateway which is router IP address, note it and past it to http://xxxxxx(like above)

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