How to Access Router Remotely.
Accessing your home router from inside the network is easy. Just enter the IP address of your router (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) in your web browser. But what about remote router access?
Now, before we get to that, let’s go over some of the reasons you might want to do this.
- Your parents regularly ask you to fix their Internet, but you don’t live with them.
- You want to check if the children are playing games on their computer at home instead of doing their homework.
- You suspect your neighbors are messing around with your Wi-Fi when you are not at home.
- Finally, you can connect an external hard drive to the router and access it from anywhere
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Why not use remote desktop apps like TeamViewer?
While you can also access your router using applications such as TeamViewer, you need to keep your computer turned on at home at all times. It is not practical if you have been away for more than a couple of days. But routers are always on, whether you are at home or not. Plus, you don’t need to install additional software. All you need is a web browser and you can access your router from anywhere in the world. Let’s see how it works.
If you want to access the router from inside the network; all you have to do is enter the IP address of the router in your web browser. Likewise, to access your router from the outside, you need to enter your public IP address and then the remote control port number, i.e. 8080. So, if your public IP address is 188.8.131.52, you will need to enter 184.108.40.206: 8080 in your web browser.
But there are two problems here
1. For security purposes, this remote control feature is disabled by default on each router. So, you need to enable it manually on the router.
2. Most home users are assigned a dynamic IP address, which means that every time you reboot the router, your public IP address changes. So, we need to find a way to get around the dynamic IP problem. And for that, we will be using dynamic DNS services like Dyn DNS or NoIp.
Since all routers are different, the steps for enabling remote management and configuring dynamic DNS will be slightly different for each router. However, the basic principle remains the same. In this article I will show you this on a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 with custom DD-WRT firmware. Let’s be
How to access the router remotely
Part 1. Enable Remote Access
It’s very easy to enable remote access on your router. All you have to do is enter the router’s IP address or default gateway address in your web browser. Next, enter your username and password. Now that you are on the router’s web portal, look for the Remote Management option. Some routers called this remote access and it’s usually found in advanced settings.
On a Netgear router, this option can be found under Settings Remote Management.
On your Dlink router, find Tools Administration Enable Remote Management.
On your Linksys router, go to Administration Remote Management.
On a TP = Link router, this option can be found under Security Remote Management.
Since you are sharing the router’s web portal remotely, it is recommended that you change the default port number. from 8080 to something else. Also make sure you are not using the default credentials. Change it to something complex, otherwise anyone can brute force into your network.
Part 2: Configuring Dynamic DNS
Since most of us have a dynamic public IP address, this will change in the next few days. So let’s fix this by setting up dynamic DNS. But before that, you need to understand what Dynamic DNS or DDNS really is.
Let’s take this analogy. If I change my mailing address frequently, I will not receive emails on time. Right? So instead of giving everyone my address, I’ll give them my friend’s permanent address. Now my friend will receive all my mail, and I will tell him my last address. So now he can easily forward mail to me.
So this dynamic DNS is like a friend in the middle. When you register with their service, you must associate your dynamic public IP address with a domain name. And you can use this fixed domain name instead of your public IP address. And they will do the job of updating your IP address in the background.
There are many dynamic DNS providers out there today. Some are free, some are paid. The best way to determine which service to choose is to check which service is supported on your router. Follow these steps.
1. Log into your router and look for the option labeled Dynamic DNS.
If it is not there, you can download the IP Updater from any dynamic DNS provider. And put it on a computer that is often used. But almost every router (even the cheapest one) has dynamic DNS options built in, so you don’t have to worry about anything.
I have a special ROM installed on my Netgear router called dd-wrt. It supports DDNS and no-IP. Now, since only the first is paid. I will choose the second one, that is, no IP. Looking at the interface, I can tell that all I need is a domain name and a username / password.
2. Go to noip.com and create a free account.
3. Then go to the control panel, there you will find the option “Add hostname”. Click on it. In the new window, enter a new subdomain of your choice and click “Add”.
4. Now copy the new domain name and paste it into the router settings, and also enter your username and password that you used to log into this service. And save your changes.
5. Now, to access your home router from a remote location, enter your domain name followed by the remote management port number. For example – techwiser.ddns.net:8080. If your settings are correct, you will see the login screen for your router.
Closing words: How to access the router remotely
So now that you have configured DDNS and remote access on your router, you can access it from anywhere over the Internet. If you have an old router, here are some tips on how to increase the network speed on your old Wi-Fi