Home Broadband Routers.
When you get your nice new broadband router, the first thing you NEED to do after setting it up is to change the default admin password. On a lot of these routers no default password is set, and the user ID is normally set to Admin. Pretty lame security that puts the emphasis, and responsibility, on the home user.
So the advice here is :
- Log in and change / setup a strong password.
- Change the name of the wifi name.
You are probably asking why I said change the wifi name. Well if you are a standard home user thats just got your nice BT Home Hub, you havent changed the admin password or the wifi name. Im sat outside your home War-Driving and in my wireless list your hub gets listed. Your router transmits its name so you know which one to connect to wirelessly. The BT Hub 5 routers have a broadcast name of BTHUB5-££££ (where the £ is a letter or number). So I instantly know the Broadband provider, the hub and version number. So I google the ip address and login details which are freely available online. I then use wireless key cracking software and connect to your wifi, setup a new admin login password, change the password for connecting to wifi, and blacklist all your devices. So thats why you change the name of your router. Why make it easy for people ?
Next time you try to surf you would get an error message. You wouldnt know what has happened, so would spend hours on the phone to support who would tell you to hard reset the router. Or you would have to pay an I.T guru to come out and do the reset for you which would cost you. All because you didnt read the instructions and change the wifi password or setup an admin login password.
Concerned-Home-User-Asks : What if someone gets my wifi password. Can they then log into my router and change settings ?
Elvis-Online Says : Technically, no. The wifi password and admin password are two seperate passwords. If you have setup both as seperate keys, using a combination of UPPER and lower case, to include both alpha and numerical keys, and included other symbols as well, then just being able to get free wifi access is the least of your concerns. The wardriver would still need to workout your admin password, which for the average spotty hacker would be difficult and not worth it. What you do is regularly log in to your router and check the list of devices that have connected. They are all unique and have their own MAC address. If you see any devices that you dont recognise, just blacklist the device. I personally name all my machines with a specific name, which paired with the MAC address makes it obvious to me that they are allowed to be on my network. For example. If you have a cyan coloured laptop and you live in Basingstoke, you could name the laptop basing-bluey, so when it connects to your router it will be listed as “basing-bluey” with its own MAC address and you would know its your laptop.
Most Linksys routers have the same default settings. The admin panel can be accessed on most Linksys routers by entering “http://192.168.1.1” in the address bar of your browser. If you own a smart router, enter “http://myrouter.local” instead. Then, log in using “admin” for both the username and password, assuming you haven’t changed the default username and password already.
You’ll want to make sure to change your router passwords the first time you log in, lest you leave yourself susceptible to anyone on your Wi-Fi network accessing your router’s admin page.
You’ll be able to log in to your D-Link router by using either one of two web addresses: http://mydlinkrouter.local or http://192.168.0.1. The default username is “admin,” and you’ll want to leave the password field blank. Since D-Link routers are not password-protected by default, you’re going to want to add a password as soon as possible to prevent hackers from accessing your network.
For almost all Belkin routers, the default web setup is located at http://192.168.2.1, though, http://router may also work. Due to the method in which login credentials are set up, you likely won’t have to enter anything in the username and password fields when trying to access the admin panel. By default, Belkin routers have no password on the admin account. This means the username field should be left blank, though you may have to enter “admin” instead.
You’ll definitely want to change the username and password if you have a Belkin router. It’s simple for someone with access to your network to make changes in the admin panel that could open security holes, or allow them to install malware and hacking software.
A number of Netgear routers feature the login credentials on the bottom or back of the device, but if yours does not, the company has still made it easy to access your admin panel. If you’re using a Netgear router, simply enter “http://www.routerlogin.net” in the address bar of your browser, which allows you to change settings and turn on wireless security. The username is almost always “admin,” and the password will either be “password” or “1234” if you’re using an older device.
Having a text URL makes things easy to remember, but it also makes your router’s settings more vulnerable. If someone has access to your network, they don’t need to determine its IP address. For this reason, it’s particularly important to change the default login to prevent any unwanted changes to your network settings.
Nearly all Asus routers use 192.168.1.1 as the default IP, which makes it easy to access the admin panel in your browser. Newer routers, however, will direct requests to http://router.asus.com to your local router’s setup page. The username and password should be “admin” on almost all models and firmware revisions. The default passwords can help if you’ve never changed your settings before, but it’s recommended that you change them the first time you access the admin panel to prevent unauthorized access by anyone who’s able to access your Wi-Fi network.
BT Broadband Hub
This page lists details for the BT Smart Hub and Home Hub 3,4 and 5
But for starters just open your browser and type 192.168.1.254 in the address bar. This will open the hub manager start page.
Also there is an online site that lists all the major router brands and the login details. Just click the link below.
And just to show you how widespread this is, and how many people have already spoke about this, here are some links.