No direct access to anyone’s search history, even if they are connected to your home router. However, you can configure your router to log the user’s browser history. In this guide, we’ll show you how to do it.
However, the collection of data, such as browsing history, is a violation of their privacy. You should avoid accessing other people’s private browsing history and limit this method to legitimate uses, such as monitoring your child’s or your own Internet usage.
Benefits of Router Tracking
Advantages of router tracking
There is third party software that uses parental controls to track a family member’s online activity. However, any tech-savvy person can find workarounds with a simple Google search. Even worse, some of these tools need to be installed on the target computer.
However, you can be more careful when monitoring user activity through your router. It is also more difficult for a computer user to remove it.
Your router stores all the sites that users visit, even those that were opened in incognito mode.
How to access router settings
How to access your router settings
For this to work, you need to enter the router settings page. You need to know your IP address to proceed
- To find your IP address, open Run and enter CMD. Click OK.
- Enter IPCONFIG / ALL. Allow the command line to run the command.
- Scroll down to the default gateway.
- The string of numbers parallel to the default gateway is your IP address. Copy this value and paste it into any web browser. If you are connected to a browser, the router settings will open.
Enter your credentials
Enter your login credentials
Surprisingly, many people have no idea what their credentials are. Chances are, someone else configured your router. But there is nothing to worry about. We will show you how to access your router settings.
All routers come with documentation including default values ??for username and password. But if you no longer have it, you can try logging in using the most common default router credentials:
Username: Administrator password: Password or 1234
If that doesn’t work, you can always check online. If you’re lucky, you will find the default credentials for your specific brand and model of wireless router.
However, it is possible that your router was configured earlier and the username was changed to a different one. In this case, you can reset your router to return it to its default settings. Resetting your router means you have to reconfigure the SSID and password.
If you are still using the default router username and password, take this opportunity to upgrade to a more secure one. After obtaining your login credentials, enter the router settings page.
See user activity
See user activity
Router settings differ depending on the brand of your router. However, most routers have a feature called Logs. This function lists all IP addresses connected to your router. All browsing activity is stored here as well.
Before checking the logs, you must know the IP address of the target device.
Go to connected devices. This feature may have a different name on your device. But basically you are looking for a page that displays all the IP addresses of the connected devices.
Once you figure out which one belongs to your goal, list it for a while. You will refer to it later.
Now click on Logs to display all the sites that were visited while connected to your router.
You will be presented with a list of destination domains or IP addresses along with the user’s IP address. Use your target’s IP address to track their online activity.
By default, the log is disabled. To track user activity, you must first enable this feature.