How to Check Browsing History on Wi-Fi Router?

Miklos Zoltan

By Miklos Zoltan . 11 February 2024

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Your Wi-Fi router records all your browsing history on its log page. Depending on your router, you can find basic information or detailed information.

Most modern routers will record information related to the sites you visit, such as the URL, IP address, connected devices, bandwidth used, and timestamps.

To get this information, you must log into your router.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to check the browsing history on your Wi-Fi router.

Quick article summary: This article offers instructions on how to view browsing history through a Wi-Fi router by accessing the router’s dashboard with its default IP address, along with the standard username and password.

The browsing history is typically available under the System Log or Administrative Event Log section, which might be situated within the system settings or advanced settings, varying by router model.

Without further ado, let’s get started!


Before you can check your history on your router, you need to know the router’s username, password, and default IP address.

This information is available on the back of your router, usually on a sticker. You can also request your ISP to send you the details if you are using a modem router from your ISP.

You might have changed the default username and password if you are a privacy-conscious individual. You will be required to use the new logins to access your router.

Some routers won’t have the default IP address indicated. Nonetheless, most routers use or, or as the default IP address.

You can also get the default IP address from your device if you are connected to the router. On Windows, launch the command prompt, type ipconfig, and enter.

Scroll to the connected adapter and note the default gateway, the router’s default IP address.

On Mac, go to Network settings, then Advanced, and check the active connection (Wi-Fi or LAN) under the TCP/IP tab for your router’s gateway IP address.

Some routers won’t display the login page via Wi-Fi. You must connect your computer with an ethernet (LAN) cable.
If you have all the above, proceed as follows;

Steps on How to Check Browsing History on Wi-Fi Router

  1. Log into your router. While connected to your router, open any browser, enter the router’s IP address on the URL, and press enter.
  2. On the router’s login page that shows up, enter the router’s username and password to log in.
  3. On the router’s dashboard or navigation bar, look for the System log or Administrative Event log tab. Other routers will have this tab under system settings or advanced settings.
  4. Click on the tab to open the log page. You can then view your browsing history and take the necessary actions.

Unlike your browser, the router presents the logs in a basic manner. You will need network technical skills on some routers to know what is happening.

For instance, you might need to map the IP address or reverse look-up. Nonetheless, modern routers present the logs in an understandable manner.

Alternative method to finding your default router IP address:

  1. Click the search bar in the bottom-left corner of the Taskbar
  2. Windows task bar

  3. Type in “cmd” and select the “Command Prompt” suggestion
  4. Windows Command Prompt

  5. Inside the Command Prompt, type in “ipconfig” and hit Enter
  6. Windows Command Prompt page

  7. Look for the “Default Gateway” entry
  8. Default router gateway IP address

The “Default Gateway” is the Wi-Fi router that connects to your device, and the IP address next to it is the router’s IP address.

Wrap Up

Checking your browser history on your router is a simple task. All you need to know is the router’s default IP address, username, and password.

Did you know?

  • The Wi-Fi history of a router will also show websites visited in Incognito Mode, most of the time
  • The router history doesn’t include any specific information regarding a website (e.g., actions taken on that website or how long they used it for)
  • You can’t access the webpages, files, or images you find in the router history because the traffic is encrypted.
  • If the person you’re snooping on is using a VPN or the Tor browser, then identifying their activities through the router history becomes next to impossible because the IP addresses are random


  • maestro

    April 19, 2024 4:30 pm

    just incredible guys
    keep it up

  • maestro

    April 19, 2024 4:30 pm

    just incredible guys

  • Sasha

    September 23, 2023 7:08 am

    i think my model doesnt show any logs information in the website after logging in. i looked around and it seems that my model doesnt showcase that.
    in that case, is there any other way for me to get hold of that information?

  • Anonymous

    September 5, 2023 5:49 pm

    Can you do this on a phone or iPad?

  • Veines

    July 1, 2023 8:27 am

    a wifi device is connected or disconnected.
    Only this is showing in my system_logs. How can I check browser history.

  • thomas

    June 28, 2023 2:27 pm

    how to understand the terms in that log its dificult

  • Anonymous

    June 3, 2023 10:53 pm


  • Anonymous

    May 15, 2023 3:12 pm

    Can I see someones history who’s just connect to my wifi, without knowing his routers password and name?

  • Anonymous

    April 29, 2023 1:26 pm

    Can I access my router if I am not connected to my network?

  • Anonymous

    April 27, 2023 7:01 pm

    fuck this shit dude

  • knoia

    March 30, 2023 12:21 am

    this is a new router how would i find the user name and password. i run and manage a business for someone else. this dataremote router came in the mail not sure if the owner ordered it or not. but he hasnt set it up i did. if he did order it would he have setup the user name and password wqith ATT firt?

    • Miklos Zoltan

      April 5, 2023 11:17 am

      The username and password should be on the back of the router. If those were changed by him you would need to ask him for the login details. You won’t be able to do this remotely.

    • Linda

      April 13, 2023 3:47 am

      The generic login that comes with a new router is “admin” for the username, and “password” for the password.

  • Stephen

    March 25, 2023 6:49 pm


  • April

    March 3, 2023 2:21 am

    How do you log into the router ?

    • Miklos Zoltan

      April 5, 2023 11:15 am

      The username and password should usually be on the backside of the router.

      If that doesn’t work, you may need to factory-reset the router. There should be a small reset button in the back.

    • Linda

      April 13, 2023 3:45 am

      The generic log in for the first time is “admin” for the username and “password” for the password

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