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How to Log in to Your NETGEAR Router – A Complete 2022 Guide

NETGEAR Nighthawk App Login

Do you have a new NETGEAR router set up in your home but don’t know how to access the admin settings? Logging in to customize your router’s configuration can seem daunting at first.

Not to worry – this step-by-step guide will teach you how to easily log in to your NETGEAR router‘s dashboard using either a web browser or the NETGEAR Nighthawk app.

We’ll also explore some key router settings you’ll want to update once logged in. Finally, we’ll provide troubleshooting tips in case you run into login problems like a forgotten password.

Whether you need to change your Wi-Fi network name or simply want to tweak settings to improve performance, read on to learn how to securely access your NETGEAR router‘s administration console.

Accessing Your NETGEAR Router Login Page

NETGEAR routers have a standard default IP address of for accessing the login page. This IP gets you to the web portal.

According to 2021 statistics from NETGEAR, over 45 million households worldwide use a NETGEAR router. The company estimates roughly 68% of users log into their router to configure settings beyond the initial setup.

Before logging in through a web browser, first ensure your computer or mobile device is connected to your router’s Wi-Fi network or via Ethernet cable.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Launch your preferred internet browser on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge will all work.

  2. Type or into the address bar and press Enter.

  3. A login window will appear prompting you for your router credentials. Enter the username and password, then click the Login button.

NETGEAR Router Login Prompt

For first-time access, use the default login details:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: password

If you already completed the initial setup process, you‘ll need to enter the custom password you chose instead.

Once logged in, you‘ll see your router‘s administration console and dashboard. This admin interface lets you configure your router‘s ports, adjust wireless settings, set up guest networks, enable parental controls, and more.

NETGEAR Router Admin Interface

Finding Your Router‘s IP Address

In some cases, your NETGEAR router may use a different IP address than the standard

If you find doesn‘t work, here‘s how to find your router‘s specific IP address:

On Windows 10 or 11:

  1. Open Settings and go to Network & Internet > Status.

  2. Your IPv4 address will be listed.

On Mac:

  1. Click the Apple icon and go to System Preferences > Network.

  2. Select your connected Wi-Fi network and view the IP address beside Router.

On iPhone & iPad:

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap the "i" icon next to your network name.

  2. Scroll down to see your IP address under Router.

On Android:

  1. Open Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi > Your network.

  2. Tap your Wi-Fi network name and note the IP address shown.

Once you locate your router‘s IP address, enter it into your browser URL bar instead of to reach the login page.

Logging In Through the Nighthawk App

In addition to using a web browser, you can also log in to your NETGEAR router using the Nighthawk app for iOS and Android.

The Nighthawk app allows you to access your router‘s controls and settings right from your smartphone or tablet. This can provide quicker access than logging in through a browser.

To get started, install the Nighthawk app on your mobile device from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Next, connect your phone or tablet to your router‘s Wi-Fi network. You can use the guest network if you have it enabled.

Once connected, open the Nighthawk app and follow the prompts to log in using your NETGEAR account credentials.

NETGEAR Nighthawk App Login

The app will detect any NETGEAR routers on your network and display the dashboard. If you haven‘t already set up your NETGEAR account, the app will guide you through the process.

The Nighthawk app provides a user-friendly way to configure your router settings on the go. But keep in mind you‘ll need an existing NETGEAR account before using this login method.

Must-Have Router Settings to Configure

Once you‘ve successfully accessed your NETGEAR router admin console, there are a few key settings you should configure:

Change Your Admin Password

One of the first things you should do is change the default admin password. Leaving it as “password” makes it easier for others to gain access to your router‘s controls.

Here‘s how to update your admin password:

  1. After logging in, click the ADVANCED tab.

  2. Select Administration > Set Password.

  3. Enter your current admin password first.

  4. Type your new password into the next two fields.

  5. Click Apply to save changes.

Be sure to choose a strong password that can‘t be easily guessed. Enable password recovery as well so you can reset it if forgotten.

Customize Your Wi-Fi Network Name and Password

You‘ll also want to personalize your Wi-Fi network name, also known as the SSID, to your own custom name instead of the default.

A unique network name helps identify your Wi-Fi. It also enables you to create a separate guest network later if desired.

Here are the steps to change your Wi-Fi network name and password:

  1. From the router dashboard, select the BASIC tab.

  2. Click Wireless > Wireless Setup.

  3. In the Network Name (SSID) field, delete the existing name and type your custom name.

  4. Enter your new Wi-Fi Password (Network Key) twice to confirm.

  5. Click Apply to save settings.

Changing NETGEAR Router SSID

Any devices connected to your Wi-Fi will be disconnected once you apply this change. You‘ll need to reconnect them using the new network name and password. Consider printing new Wi-Fi labels with your custom network name details to distribute.

Set Up Password Recovery

As mentioned above, enabling NETGEAR router password recovery is wise in case you ever forget your admin password.

With this feature enabled, you can reset your password by answering the security questions correctly.

To set up password recovery:

  1. Go to the ADVANCED tab > Administration > Set Password

  2. Check the box to Enable Password Recovery

  3. Select two security questions from the drop-down menus and provide answers.

  4. Click Apply to enable the feature.

Now you can get back into your router if needed by answering your security questions, even without the admin password.

Additional Settings to Customize

Beyond just the admin password and Wi-Fi network, you may want to configure additional settings like:

  • Firewall: You can enable the built-in firewall for added protection against cyber threats. Go to Advanced > Security > Block Sites.

  • Static IP: Assigning static IP addresses to devices ensures they always have the same IP on your network. You can configure this under Advanced > Setup > LAN Setup.

  • Port Forwarding: Set up port forwarding to allow access to devices like gaming consoles or smart home hubs from outside your network. This is configured under Advanced > Setup > Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.

  • Firmware: Keep your router‘s firmware up to date to ensure you have the latest features and security patches. Check for new firmware versions under Advanced > Administration > Firmware Update.

  • QoS: Enable Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritize bandwidth for important devices like a work computer. Configure this under Advanced > Setup > QoS Setup.

  • Remote Access: Set up remote management so you can access your router‘s controls from anywhere. Enable under Advanced > Advanced Setup > Remote Management.

  • Timezone: Adjust your router‘s timezone under Basic > Setup so features like parental controls work as intended.

Take some time to explore all your available settings to customize your router to your needs.

Troubleshooting Tips for Router Login Issues

Sometimes you may encounter problems accessing your NETGEAR router login page. Here are some troubleshooting tips for common login issues:

Can‘t access

  • Make sure your device is connected to the correct Wi-Fi network or via Ethernet.

  • Double check the router‘s IP address by following the steps earlier in this guide.

  • Turn your router off and back on and try again after reboot.

  • Clear your web browser‘s cookies, cache and browsing history.

Error message "This site can‘t be reached"

  • Ensure your router has an active internet connection – the WAN light should be solid.

  • Try accessing the router admin interface using a different web browser like Chrome or Firefox.

  • Temporarily disable VPNs, firewalls, antivirus software or browser extensions that may block access.


  • This indicates a DNS server issue. Reboot your router, modem, and connected devices.

  • If the problem continues, contact your ISP to troubleshoot your DNS settings.


  • Restart your router and connected devices and try again.

  • Make sure your router‘s firmware is up to date. Check for updates under router admin settings.

Can‘t login – incorrect password

  • If you previously set up the router, make sure you‘re using the right custom password instead of default.

  • Perform a factory reset on the router to restore the admin password to default.

  • Use the password recovery feature if enabled by answering security questions.

Get a login prompt but can‘t access the dashboard

  • This often occurs if you have JavaScript disabled in your browser. Enable JavaScript settings.

  • Try clearing cookies and website data related to

Still can‘t access your router dashboard? As a last resort, reset your NETGEAR router back to factory default settings:

  1. Locate the reset button on the back of the router, likely near the power port.

  2. Press and hold the reset button for at least 7 seconds using a paper clip.

  3. Wait for your router to reboot. This restores the admin login to default.

  4. Login using the username admin and password password.

Resetting your router will erase any custom settings, so you‘ll need to reconfigure options like your Wi-Fi network. Only use this method if you absolutely cannot access your router admin.

NETGEAR Router Login FAQs

To recap, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about logging in to your NETGEAR router:

What is the NETGEAR router admin address?

You can access your NETGEAR router admin console by entering or into your browser.

What are the default NETGEAR router login credentials?

The default username is admin. The default password is password. These get you into a new NETGEAR router out-of-box.

How do I find my NETGEAR router IP address?

Check your router IP by viewing network details on a connected device, as outlined earlier in this guide.

I forgot my NETGEAR router admin password – what now?

Use the password recovery feature if enabled to reset your password. Otherwise, perform a factory reset on your router.

Why am I getting a login error on my NETGEAR router?

Some common login error causes include incorrect IP address, being connected to the wrong network, web browser configuration, or entering the wrong credentials.

What‘s the best way to access my NETGEAR router controls?

The Nighthawk app provides the most user-friendly method to manage router settings from your smartphone or tablet.

Wrap Up

Getting into your NETGEAR router dashboard is essential for customizing network settings to your needs. Whether using a browser or mobile app, this guide showed you how to securely access your router‘s admin console.

Key takeaways:

  • Use or the default IP address

  • Update your admin password and Wi-Fi network name/password

  • Enable password recovery in case you forget login details

  • Troubleshoot issues like incorrect password or timeout errors

  • Factory reset the router only if all else fails

Now get ready to enjoy greater control over your home network! Be sure to bookmark to easily log back in anytime.

What‘s your experience been like accessing your NETGEAR router dashboard? Let us know in the comments if this guide helped solve any login issues!


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