If you have a CenturyLink router, you will have to login to your router in-order to update your network settings, such as WiFi name, Password, etc.
CenturyLink offers a straight-forward login process like Spectrum or AT&T. In this detailed guide, I will show you how to complete the Centurylink router login process and change your router settings.
What are the requirements to configure a centurylink router:
- A computer, connected to the router through LAN cable
- Any web browser
- CenturyLink login credentials
CenturyLink Router Login
Connect to the CenturyLink Network
First of all, we need a device which is connected to our network. Now it can be a wireless or wired connection. For a stable connection, a wired connection is highly recommended by router experts.
Visit the CenturyLink Router Login Page
Once your device is connected to the router, open a web browser. In the address bar, type 192.168.0.1 and press Enter.
Don’t worry, if you never tweaked the original login information, then you can find them labeled on your router body.
Note: They will be referred to as username and password. SSID and Password are the default WiFi network details, not the login details.
Apply to Login to your router web-interface
After filling your login credentials, click on the Apply button to login to the router control panel.
The administrator password allows only you to access the control panel. It’s a very sensitive information and you should harden the security of your router admin panel as much as possible.
Default Centurylink username and password is labeled on the router. But that’s available to anyone who can see the router. It’s a good idea to change the login credentials for better security.
Centurylink login IP is 192.168.0.1 and you can access this address from any web browser. But your device must have to be connected to the router network. Enter 192.168.0.1 and you will be asked to log in to your administrator account.
Login with the current credentials
The default username and password name are available on the router body. So, enter your CenturyLink username and password, press the Apply button to log in properly.
Change the Administrator Password
After logging in, click on Advanced Settings from the menu.
From the left navigation menu, click on Administrator Password under the Security section.
By default, the administrator password is enabled. If you want to disable this feature, simply select Disable. But remember, without administrator password, anyone connected to your WiFi can visit 192.168.0.1 and control your router.
You can change the administrator username if you want. In most cases, the administrator username is admin. But you can choose whether you want to use admin or change the login username for security purposes.
Enter your new password and confirm the new password.
Click the Apply button to save all the changes you have made.
Change CenturyLink WiFi Name
Like any other router, the CenturyLink router also comes with a default SSID and Password. The name (SSID) and the password is always labeled on the router.
But nobody wants to use a branded WiFi name. Everyone wants to customize their WiFi name to something funny or relatable. The WiFi name has a meaning in most cases. Can you change the WiFi name and password of your Centurylink router?
The answer is Yes, here’s how.
Login to the router interface
Visit 192.168.0.1 and login to the admin panel using the login credentials. Default credentials are labeled on the router and if you have made changes to the admin name and password, enter them and click Apply to login.
Go to Wireless Setup
A menu will appear on your screen just after logging in. Click on Wireless Setup from the menu.
Now if you have a dual-band router, there will be 2 different SSID. One for 2.5 GHz and one for 5 GHz. If you are having a single band router, there won’t be any additional option. If you can see 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz, select which network details you want to change.
From the Wireless Setup page, click on SSID Setup from the left navigation panel. For those who don’t know, the SSID name is basically your WiFi name.
Select the SSID you want to edit. Default SSID is labeled on your router. And if you have previously changed your WiFi name, then you already know the SSID you want to change.
If the SSID is not visible in the drop-down menu, make sure you have enabled Broadcast SSID.
Enter your new WiFi name in the Network Name field.
Click the Apply button to save changes.
Now changing the WIFi may not be the only thing you want. Changing the WiFi password may be necessary too. You can also do that within a minute.
Visit 192.168.0.1 and log in with your admin credentials. After providing the details, just press the Apply button and you will be logged in. After logging in, click on Wireless Setup.
Select the network band first
If you have a dual-band router, then you will have a dual SSID name and every SSID has its own password. Suppose if you want to change the password of your 5 GHz network but you change the password of 2.5 GHz, it won’t work for the 5 GHz network. So select properly. If you can’t see this option, don’t worry, it means you have a single band network only.
Go to wireless security
Click on Wireless Security from the left navigation bar. This page allows you to change your password.
A drop-down menu will appear with all of your SSIDs. Select the SSID aka your WiFi name first.
Choose the strongest security type to ensure the security of your network. As of now, the strongest type is WPA-WPA2 Personal.
Make sure the Encryption type is “Both”
Change the password
In the Enter security key/passphrase section, please select Use Custom Security Key/Passphrase. A password box will appear just below the selection area.
Enter the new password for your WiFi name. Make sure the password is strong and not easy to guess.
Once you enter the password, click on the Apply button.
After saving changes, everyone will be logged out of your wireless network. Every single device has to connect again with the new password.
How to reset a CenturyLink router
Now that you know everything about configuring your router, you should know how to restore default settings if something goes wrong.
For instance, let’s say you have changed the admin credentials and forgot them. Now what? You can’t reset your admin password. All you can do is reset your centurylink router.
What does it mean to reset your router?
Simple. It will erase all the custom settings you have made since the beginning. It will take the router to the default state, just like any smartphone after a factory reset.
Resetting your router is super easy and you don’t need a minute to do this:
- Power up your centurylink router. You can’t perform this action when the router is powered off.
- Find the reset button at the back panel of the router. Every router has it on their body.
- Press the reset button with a needle/paper clip for 10 seconds.
- Your router LEDs will beep and the router will restart once the reset is complete.