Succinctly, I need to access the admin (served over http) page on a Netgear wifi router. My initial attempt at the documented
www.routerlogin.net dropped through to a search page annoyingly provided by TWC.
Every page I found via a google search basically duplicated the contents of Netgear's own help page though in mind-numbing hand-holding detail with the punchline not revealed until pages of scrolling later: “it’s the default gateway”.
Ah... no, it is not the gateway. Do they think that the wifi access point is only ever (ever!) used as a gateway with a “modem” plugged into the yellow port?
In my case, it's not the gateway. It's just another device attached to the Ethernet inside the LAN. In my case, I wanted the wi-fi in a different location than where the gateway is; I get useless to no reception at the opposite end of the house and different floor. But in the past I’ve supplied a different wi-fi router because the provided residential gateway appliance didn’t have it or wasn’t as good (e.g. 5G).
So, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, I would think. And my previous ones (different brands) I figured out how to locate the IP address of the box’s admin app.
What’s extra strange is that, logging in with the defaults it came with, the desired page initially came up with the
routerlogin URL when used by a device connected via wi-fi. But, while going through it, I suddenly started getting 404’s. Reloading, I found that this URL decided to take me to the admin of the gateway, after all! That is, it showed me the page from the Ariss Residential Gateway that connects me to TWC broadband, not the page from the Netgear access point that it was serving up a moment earlier.
The first thing I tried (from a computer plugged directly into that same device via Ethernet) was
www.routerlogin.net as I reported above. Then to try to determine the IP address to enter manually, I checked the client list from the gateway: none of the IP addresses it listed belonged to the service I was looking for, and although there were some IPv6 addresses listed that I didn’t immediatly recognise as belonging to something else, they are not taken as URLs in the browser’s address bar.
So, how do I find the admin service on the Netgear router, really (it’s not just the default gateway)?