If you’ve finally got your hands on a CenturyLink router, you’re probably here because you want to get it set up and running. CenturyLink offers high-speed internet services, security, and cloud solutions to businesses and homes all over the United States. There are several router models catered and designed to be used with CenturyLink’s internet plans.
These specific routers ensure you’re able to maximize and get the most out of your internet services. In this guide, we’ll explain exactly what a CenturyLink router is and how to set it up. We’ll also cover some important topics such as your accessing your default login gateway. Keep on reading to find out!
What Is CenturyLink Router?
It’s important to understand that not all routers are capable of delivering CenturyLink’s internet services. CenturyLink actually uses their own high-speed internet technology which your modem and routers need to be compatible with it.
If you choose to use a different router, you won’t get the best possible internet speeds. By default, when you subscribe to an internet plan, a CenturyLink service agent will help you choose a router model that works best for your selected service.
The very latest router model they offer at the moment is the Greenwave C4000. This router features WiFi 6 antenna technology, Dynamic QoS, 5 Gigabit Ports, and Smart Connect capabilities. If you want to keep up-to-date with the fastest and latest router technology this is the one to go for.
That being said, there are still several other router models you can select from. Below we’ve listed all of the routers that are compatible with CenturyLink technology. If you’re in luck, you might even already own one of these! If you already own a router, check the model number on the bottom label of your router/modem then see if it matches any of the makes listed below:
- Actiontec: C1000A, C1000A-D, C1900A, C2000A, C2000A-D, C2300A, C3000A, PK5000, PK5001A, Q1000, Q2000
- Adtran: C424G
- Calix C844G
- Cisco 2200DDR
- D-Link 850L
- Greenwave C4000XG
- Technicolor C1100T, C2000T, C2100T
- Westell 7500
- Zyxel C1000Z, C1100Z, C2100Z, C3000Z, FR1000Z, PK5000Z, PK5001Z, Q1000Z, NGB-419N, P-870N, Q100
How To Setup CenturyLink Router?
In this section, we’ll go over how you can set up your CenturyLink router. It’s a relatively easy process and can be completed within a few minutes. We recommend you also keep the instruction sheet that comes in the box of your router handy as you go through the steps below.
Note, not all router brands have the same design, hence some steps may vary slightly for each different model. Nevertheless, the setup process is relatively the same. Before you begin, make sure you have the following required components: router, WiFi label, DSL cable (green cord), ethernet cord, AC adapter.
- The first thing you want to do is download the MyCenturyLink mobile app for your Android or iOS device. Keep the app open and follow the setup instructions on-screen as you continue with the steps below.
- Plugin your AC adapter into the wall, take the other end and plug it into the modem. Wait for the power LED indicator to display solid green before moving on.
- Take your green phone cord and plug it into the designated wall socket. Next, take the other end and plug it into the modem.
- The DSL lights will begin to flash green indicating that it is communicating with CenturyLink. The whole process may take up to five minutes. What we’re waiting on is for the Internet LED to turn orange before we continue.
- Next, locate the serial number on the bottom label of the router and scan it using the scanner provided within the app.
- Next, CenturyLink will locate and authorize your account information and ask you to sign a service agreement on the app. Congratulations, you’ve set up your WiFi router!
That’s all there is to it, you can now freely surf the internet! You also have the option to personalize your Wi-Fi connection, and access advanced features such as paying your bill and managing your account.
CenturyLink Router Login
Now before you go ahead stream your favorite 4K movie, there’s one more step you need to do. That too a rather important one. Once you’ve set up your WiFi connection, it is highly recommended that you access the default gateway admin tool for your router and change its default password.
All routers, whether they be for business or for private use have a default login gateway. Basically, it’s an IP address provided by the service provider that allows you to configure and change your router’s settings.
Unless specified otherwise by your manufacturer, the default login link for a CenturyLink router is 192.168.0.1. Visit this link and follow the steps below to configure your router:
- Search 192.168.0.1 in your web browser’s address bar.
- You’ll come across your modem GUI login. The default username is “admin” and the password is “password“. In some cases, the password may be different and can be found on the bottom label of your router.
- After logging in select “Wireless Setup” from the menu.
- Next, in the left-hand column menu select “Wireless Security“.
- In this section, navigate your way down to “Enter Security key/passphrase“. We recommend you select a password that is between 8 and 63 characters, contains at least one number, and has a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Once you’ve changed your password, click on Apply. You will now be disconnected from your network on all devices and will have to re-connect using the new password.
We hope you were able to gain a better insight into your CenturyLink router. If you run into any trouble during the setup process or have any questions or concerns please leave them in the comments below. We’ll assist you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!