We are in the time where the internet is named as one of the most important things in our lives, besides water and oxygen. The Internet is used on a daily basis by everyone from the children, the parents, and the employees. Even though it is really useful, it does not mean that it comes without its problems.
Some people are worried and curious if their children are accessing the inappropriate contents on their devices. Or maybe their loved ones are addicted to online gambling or messaging people they should not be. In some cases, their employees may not focus on their work and are accessing something on the internet from time to time. In these cases, people may want to know everything by tracking their router history.
You are able to see what websites everyone visits. While a lot of websites and services offer data encryption services to protect the data, it is not always as safe as you may think. For instance, if they are reading an email, reading an article, or looking at a picture, Wi-Fi does not have the ability to see the kind of content that they are consuming.
However, you are able to see the IP addressed and the URLs of the websites that they have been visiting, so this one is the information that you will need to see the content that they are accessing. For instance, you will be able to see which page they were on while you will not be able to see the porn video that they are watching, so it is able to be found easily.
How do you use the router to monitor the websites that people are visiting? This article will show you how to find out which websites that are visited through the router that you have on the property by checking the router history. Before anything, please keep in mind that the method may vary depending on the make and model of the router that you are using, but usually all that you have to do is to change the option titles or layout of the interface.
- The first thing that you will have to do is to open the internet browser on your computer and enter the IP address. If you are not familiar with it, it is the 8 digit number in the format of 000.000.0.0. This one is able to be found by referring to the manual of your router to start to check router history.
- Doing so will take you to the dashboard of your router. It is the place where it depends on the variation of the router that you have. You can start by logging in using the admin credentials, which are able to be found in the manual or on the base of the device to start checking the router history.
- When you are on the homepage of the router dashboard, you will have to find the log settings, Wi-Fi history viewer or activity history option. For instance, you are able to use the Wi-Fi history viewer settings to find the router history in the Logs section located on the left hand side if you are using a Netgear router. If you use a Linksys router, you will have to make sure that the Logging option is enabled, which will then activate the View setting for seeing the browser history. That are the steps that you need to follow if you want to start to check the router history of your property, home, or business.
If everyone that you want to know about their activity mainly uses mobile devices such as Android phones, Android tablets, iOS phones, iPads, or any other ones, you may want to consider a thing called FamiSafe. So, what is FamiSafe?
FamiSafe refers to a complete mobile tracking and monitoring app that is able to be installed easily on the device of someone and it will provide you all the information and features that you need so that you can monitor the internet activity of someone. What is best about it is that you are able to see what sites that have been visited on the Wi-Fi.
There are some features provided by FamiSafe, such as:
- Block and unblock access to particular apps
- See every device location history
- Track the device in the real time using the integrated GPS technology
- Set up custom geofenced places for custom location notifications
- Actively block access to particular sites
- View each browsing history accessed via the device
- Set up custom device usage schedules
In order to use the FamiSafe, first of all, you will need to install FamiSafe and register a free FamiSafe account. Then, install the app on the devices of the one that you want to monitor. The last thing that should be done is to connect and monitor the phone of that person from your account by FamiSafe.
FamiSafe is named as the most reliable parental control app for app blocking, location tracking, screen time control, web filtering, and many more. Using the navigation menu on the left hand side, you can scroll down the Web History option and click it. It will display the up to date information on all the internet websites that the device has been visiting so you will know everything that has been accessed by them.
FamiSafe is especially good for parents who want to protect their children. As stated before, this one has a rich feature that can help you to protect your children from the dangers that can come with using a modern day device, including Android phone and iPhone. It is because you will be able to make sure that they are not accessing something that should not be accessed, and if they are then you will have the power to block them. If you think that your children are using their devices way too much, there is a feature to block and to schedule everything to make sure that they have a limit to the amount of time they are spending on it.
When your children are not around, you are able to use the location tracking features in order to make sure that they are always in a safe area and somewhere they should be, rather than somewhere dangerous. If you want to make sure that they do not leave the safe area, or to get a notification as soon as they do, please use the geofencing feature.
Even though the dangers of technology and the internet have been quite extreme, luckily, there are a lot of tools to help you to take control. Whether your partner or children or employees are using a mobile or computer device, you are able to complete control over the content they are accessing so that you can make sure that everything is safe and secure in the world by viewing the router history.
Actually, a lot of people are against collecting data such as the browsing history of someone as it is an act of violation of their privacy. They think people should avoid accessing the private browsing history of people and use this method only for the right uses such as monitoring the internet usage of the children. Each parent wants their best for their children so it is best for protecting them.
There are several third party software like FamiSafe that uses parental control to control or track the browsing activity of the family member. However, anyone with the technology knowledge can discover the workarounds with just a simple Google search. In some cases, some of the tools need to be installed on the target computer. By monitoring the user activity via the router, you are able to be a bit wiser about it. Apart from that, it is also more difficult to remove by the user of the computer. The most interesting thing about the router is the fact that it stores all the sites that the users visit, including the ones that are accessed through incognito mode.
Router is known as the home network device. This one is the network hardware that allows the communication between your personal computers and connected devices and the internet. The one that used in home and small networks is more known as a residential gateway. In short, a router is the first line of the security from intrusion into a network. The things like the firewall are able to be turned on by enabling the highest level of security on the router. Once again, a router is the best way to keep the system and the information on your computer safe from attack.
If you want to access the router settings, you will need to enter the router settings page, which you will have to know the IP address to make it work. In order to find the IP address, firstly, open Run and type CMD, and click OK. Then, enter IPCONFIG/ALL and allow the Command Prompt to execute the command. When it is done, scroll down the results to Default Gateway. Keep in mind that the strength of numbers parallel with the Default Gateway is your IP address. Upon seeing this, please copy that value and then paste it in any web browser. If you are connected to the browser, it will open the router settings.
What’s surprising is that a lot of people have no idea what their login credentials are. It is possible that their routers were set by someone else. If you are one of them, please do not worry as the method to access your router settings will be informed.
Apparently, all routers come with documentation, including the default values for both username and password. If it is no longer in your possession, you are able try to logging in using the most common default router credentials:
- Username: Admin
- Password: Password or 1234
Feel free to always check online if that does not work. If you have really good luck, you will be able to find the default credentials for the certain wireless router brand and model. However, there may be a case when your router had been configured before and that the login had been changed to something else. In this case, you are able to reset the router to bring it back to its original settings. Resetting your router means you will have the ability to configure the SSID and password. For those who are still using the router username and password, please do not miss the chance to update it to something more secure. After you have your login credentials, you can just log into your router settings page.
As stated before, the router settings vary depending on the brand of the router. However, most of them have a feature called Logs. This one will list down all the IP addresses that are linked to your router. It is also the place where every browsing activity is placed.
Before checking the logs, you need to find out the IP address of the target device. To do so, go to the Attached Devices. Remember that this feature may have different name on your device. Basically, you are searching for a page that shows up all the IP addresses of the connected devices. Once you have found which one owns by your target, please write down for the time being and you will be referring to it later on. Now, it is time for you to click Logs to display all the websites that were visited while the target was connected to your router. A list of domains or destination IPs along with the IP address of the user will be seen. Feel free to use the IP address of the target if you want to track their activity. As the Log is disabled by default, you will need to enable this feature if you want to track the user activity.
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