CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunication provider in the United States. Founded in 1968, the service provider has close to five million subscribers now. It is known for the provision of fast speeds and broad service areas. Users do not need any contracts with the service and hence can change or move at any time.
However, a few of the shortcomings of CenturyLink include limited plan options, 1TB/month data cap, and unavailability of price guarantee on all plans. In spite of these drawbacks, CenturyLink is quite popular due to its feasible plans.
Once you have bought a service plan, the next step is to set it up. This is where some users are left clueless and experience some difficulty in proceeding. This article will serve as a friendly guide on how to accomplish three main tasks, namely:
- How to Log In to a CenturyLink Router
- How to Change Your CenturyLink WiFi Password
- How to Reset a CenturyLink Router or Modem
How to Log In to a CenturyLink Router
Follow the steps given below to get access to the CenturyLink network. Once this is accomplished, the user has access to an innumerable network tool to secure their network and more. The steps to log in to a CenturyLink Router are:
Step 1: Firstly, using your preferred device connect to the CenturyLink network. You can use Wifi or an Ethernet cable to establish the connection.
Step 2: After this open your preferred browser window (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, IE) and visit the router login address at http://192.168.0.1.
Step 3: On doing this, the CenturyLink login screen appears asking for Admin Username and Password. Unless you have customized this information, enter the admin username and password printed on a sticker on the modem.
Step 4: Next, if you wish to change the password go to Advanced Setup.
Step 5: On the left-hand menu, click on Administrator Password. Enter the new password, confirm and save.
If you forget your initial login credentials, you can search your default IP login, username, and password at RoutersLogin.com in accordance with your router device. You can also try the Password Recovery Feature or Hard reset. We will be covering these procedures in the following parts of the article.
How to Change Your CenturyLink WiFi Password
Changing passwords is a regulating task to keep your device inaccessible to outside users and ensuring your wireless network is secure. This is a precautionary task almost every user does to add a layer of security.
To do this you need to have a computer connected to the CenturyLink router. If there are any issues, while making the WiFi changes, a hardwire to the network comes in handy.
Step 1: Firstly, log in to your CenturyLink router following the steps given above.
Step 2: Next, select Wireless Security on the left-hand menu.
Step 3: Following this, select the name of your wireless network (SSID). It’s typically the first one on the drop-down list. However, to be sure you can find the SSID on the label on the router.
Step 4: Afterwords, select the security type shown on the equipment label.
Step 5: Further, select “Both” for the encryption type.
Step 6: Finally, select “Use Custom Security Key/Passphrase” and enter the new password. In order to return back to the default password printed on the router label, you can also change this back any time by clicking “Use Default Security Key/Passphrase”.
Step 7: To finish the procedure, click on “Apply” to save our changes.
A few password tips are given below:
- If you have the option of 64 bits, enter 10 characters.
- If you have the option of 128 bits, enter 26 characters.
Note: Characters can only contain letters between A-F and numbers between 0-9 and no white spaces.
- In all other cases, the custom password must be between 8-63 characters long, contain at least one number from 0-9, and at least one letter from A-Z.
Note: White spaces can be used, but are not required.
How to Reset a CenturyLink Router or Modem
If you come across an issue that requires you to start over with fresh settings on your network, this section comes in handy. Factory reset will erase all previous custom settings including your WiFi password and network name. Ensure you absolutely need to undertake this before going for it.
Step 1: First, find the factory reset button. It should be located at the back of the modem or router and will likely be red in color. Since the button is quite small, it might require a pen to press it effectively.
Step 2: Next, press and hold the button for at least fifteen seconds. When the modem light begins to flash, it denotes that the factory reset has begun.
Step 3: Further, you need to wait for 3-5 minutes for the factory reset to finish.
Step 4: The process is completed when the internet light starts shining green.
Thus, upon knowledge of three crucial tasks that can be required at any point, you are quite set to use your internet service quite smoothly. Be sure to follow each of the steps chronologically as mentioned above. Resetting your modem and resetting your wifi passwords are some regular protocols you should follow to ensure some network safety and latency. There are a lot of threats on the network and these help you not be too vulnerable to them – stay safe and surf!