Six router settings you should change right now

Popular Science | 12/6/2018 | Staff
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Your computer updates itself automatically, but many routers don’t. Instead, they require you to go through an arduous process to install new firmware. Annoying as it may be, this practice is crucial for good security. So before doing anything else, we recommend you reset your router to factory settings (in case it’s been compromised already) and install the latest firmware.

The process will vary a bit for each router, but here’s the basic gist. Type your router’s IP address into your browser’s address bar (usually something like,, or and press Enter. If you’re having trouble, check your router’s manual or try one of the IP addresses from this TechSpot list. Enter your username and password to access the router’s web interface—if you don’t know what your login information is, look for it on the side of your router or in your manual. If you still can’t find it, the database at may be able to help.

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Once you reach the main interface, poke around the menus until you find the administrative settings. There, you’ll want to do the following things.

Update the firmware. You may be able to do this with the click of a button, or you may have to go to your router’s support page, download the latest firmware, and manually upload it to your router. While you’re doing this, make note of the date that the firmware came out—if the manufacturer released it...
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