As a home based computer user, have you ever had that rare occasion where you needed to login to your router to make a configuration change?
Most people when they install their router, follow the setup instructions to configure the router; and then, set it and forget it. When that rare occasion arises where they need to login to the router again, to make a configuration change, they forget the process on how to do it. Typically, I have seen this scenario occurring when changes are required to the wireless access settings of the router (which most routers are wireless these days).
Typically to get to a router’s login screen you are required to enter an IP address in your web browser. For example, in my setup, to get to my router’s login screen I would type in 192.168.0.1 and hit enter to bring up the login screen to my Motorola router. At the login screen I enter my username and password to access the setting on the router.
When I initially setup my router, I changed my username and password from the default factory setting, as a measure of additional security. Most people stick with the factory defaults, which are commonly known (and published) on the internet (see example here).
Most folks at home, when asked to access there router login screen, are often at a loss on what to do. Often they have misplaced the instructions or are simply not comfortable accessing the settings (and often call a tech for assistance). I know myself, when I need to access my router, I will go blank for a minute or so, before it will hit me on what I need to do. Again, this is due to the fact that accessing our router to make configuration changes is a rare occurrence.
To assist the home based computer user with getting to their router’s login screen or to assist a tech to quickly get to a router login screen, I came across a small utility called rCon (router configuration). I actually have a shortcut set up on my PC that allows me to quickly get to my router’s login screen, using this utility.
What I need to point out here is that this utility (rCon) was made primarily for the basic home network setup and not for those unusual network situations where there are more than one network gateway. All I can tell you, is give rCon a try. If it works, then great; if not, at least my article may remind you to keep your router setup instructions in a safe place and to remind you to keep your router’s login credentials (username and password).
Note: If your security software picks this utility up as being something suspicious, it is a false positive (mean – nothing to worry about).
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