How to monitor internet activity on your router

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How to monitor internet activity on your router
Your Internet activity includes not only the sites your computer is accessing but also what may be accessing your computer. (Internet image by Attila Toro from

Many computers are connected to the Internet on a continual basis. Combine that with malicious Internet activity across the world and you have a recipe for potential problems. Monitoring your Internet activity can help reduce and pinpoint security issues, as well as enable some control when your children or employees are online. There are various types of software out there that allow you to monitor your activity but you can monitor it from your router as well.

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    Click "Start" at the bottom left of your screen. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, it will just be the Windows icon and will not say "Start."

  2. 2

    Select "Run" from the right-hand menu and type "cmd" in the text field of the "Run" window. Press "Enter" on your keyboard. This will open your command prompt.

  3. 3

    Type "ipconfig" when the command prompt opens and click "Enter" on your keyboard. Locate the entry "IP Address" in the listed information. This is your router's IP address.

  4. 4

    Open your Internet browser. This will work whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or another browser.

  5. 5

    Enter the IP address from the command prompt into the browser's address bar and click "Enter" on your keyboard. You will be required to enter the user name and password for your router. If you do not know them, call your Internet provider or your router manufacturer for assistance.

  6. 6

    Locate the section of your router administration panel labelled "Logs." It may be under something like Administration, Admin or Advanced Settings. If you can't locate it, call your router manufacturer or refer to the manual for your router.

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    Locate the logs related to activity for your router. These will enable you to monitor your Internet activity. Some routers may log other information as well or may only log activity and access.

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  • Depending on your router, you may be able to have these logs sent to you on a scheduled basis. Check with your manufacturer or your user manual for details.

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