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How to log in to a TP-Link router

Here's how you can quickly log in to your TP-Link account.

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on January 9, 2024
Learn how to easily log in to your TP-Link router.
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If you’re wondering how to log in to a TP-Link router, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Figuring out the puzzle of accessing your router can be challenging. That said, once you log in – you’re presented with a world of customizability options, such as changing your password, creating a guest network, changing your WiFi frequency, and you can even see information like a network map, connection status, and more. 

So, without further ado, let’s look at how the TP-Link router login process works, and what to do if you forgot your TP-Link login username and password.

Pre-requisites to logging in to TP-Link router

There are certain conditions that need to be met before you can move forward with the logging process. These conditions are: 

Active internet connection

You won’t be able to access the backend if your router doesn’t have an active internet connection. So, ensure it is properly connected to the modem via an ethernet cable. You can also look at the lights on the router to confirm whether a connection is established. Simply look at the “Internet” or “WAN” light, and if it’s stable, then you can move on to the next step. 

Network connection

Whichever device you use to access the router’s backend panel will have to be connected to the router’s network. This process can be done via WiFi or ethernet, but it is a crucial step that cannot be missed.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to log in to your TP-link router.



Open your web browser

After you’ve connected your device to the router’s network, open your web browser. The type of web browser you use doesn’t matter, such as Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Safari, or any other preferred one.  



Access the TP-Link router login page

Once your browser opens, type,, or http://tplinkwifi.net and press enter. This should load up the TP-Link login page. 

If the page doesn’t open, that could mean that the IP address doesn’t match, and you’ll have to find the one that is. You can do this by following the steps below. 

  • For a Windows device
    • Open command prompt
    • Type “IPCONFIG”
    • Hit enter
    • Look for the “Default Gateway,” and it should show you the IP address
  • For a Mac
    • Open System Preferences
    • Select Network and click on “Advanced” 
    • Select “TCP/IP” and it should display your IP address



Enter your login credentials

If everything has progressed as usual, then enter the login credentials, which usually are: 

  • Username: admin
  • Password: password 

Simply hit enter or click the “Login” button, and it should grant you access to TP-Link’s admin panel.



Manage and customize your TP-Link router settings

Once you’ve gained access to the router settings, you can change, manage, and customize them according to your preferences. Here is a list of things you can do.

  • Change your password 
  • Change your WiFi name 
  • Set parental controls 
  • Update the router’s firmware
  • See connected devices 
  • Create a guest network
  • Adjust your WiFi channels to avoid interference 
  • View the MAC address

If you forget your TP-Link login username and password, you can reset the router to its factory settings. Locate the reset button on the router (usually a tiny hole) and press and hold it for about 10 seconds using a paperclip or similar tool. Once done, you can change your TP-Link login credentials.

Why does not work? 

If the default IP address isn’t working, it could be incorrect, or you’re trying to access the admin panel with a device that isn’t connected to the router’s network. First, ensure that your device is connected to the router’s network, and if it still doesn’t work, you’ll have to dig up the IP address via your Windows or Mac device.

What is the default login for the TP-Link router?

The default TP-Link login username and password are ‘admin.’ However, make sure to change the default username and password to keep your network safe.


The TP-Link login process is pretty simple, but figuring out the IP address or the credentials can be a hassle. 

So, always remember your login credentials; you can note them down somewhere or save them on your browser. Also, ensure that your router is regularly updated with the latest firmware, as it’ll increase its security, remove bugs or glitches, and keep it performing optimally.

By following these tips, you can ensure a streamlined internet experience without disruptions. If you’re interested in getting a new router, then check out our guide for the best TP-Link routers for the top models.

Sean is a tech enthusiast who contributes predominantly to networking content on PC Guide - using his knowledge and love of routers and modems to give expert advice to beginners and enthusiasts alike.