How to Check Browsing History on WiFi Router – Easy Technique

We are all aware that our web browser keeps a complete record of every website that we have visited while using it. You may look at it for yourself by going to the “History” area of that browser’s menu bar. However, did you know that if you are linked to a WiFi network, it has the capability of collecting and storing information on every website you visit?

Consider the following scenario: three devices are linked to a WiFi network. Then, by looking at the history of your router, you will be able to see all of the websites accessed by those three devices, as well as the date and time of access. This seems fascinating. So, how can you gain access to your browser’s cache? What kind of information is recorded in the WiFi history, and where does it come from? In this comprehensive explanation on how to view your Wi-Fi router’s browsing history, we will answer all of these questions and many more.

So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road:


The Advantages of Tracking WiFi History

Consider the following scenario: you want to know which websites a specific person has visited. It is necessary to gain access to their device, then open the right web browser that they used to visit the web, and then view their browsing history in order to solve the problem.

If, on the other hand, the device is linked to your router, all you have to do is view your WiFi history, and you will immediately know which websites the user visited while connected. You don’t require physical access to their device (phone, tablet, or laptop), nor do you need to know which browser they were using to perform this task successfully.

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For obvious reasons, this is a wonderful parental control function that will allow you to keep track of your family member’s surfing activities on the internet. Furthermore, the router will even record the websites visited when in Incognito Mode on a web browser. Even if the surfing history is removed from the user’s device or browser, it will continue to exist in the router’s historical records.


Wifi Router History View Limitations

The Router History function is intriguing, but it is also relatively limited in terms of what it can see and how much it can save.

For example, the router will not be able to access the specifics of a website that has been viewed. This implies that you will be able to see which websites a device has visited. However, you will not be aware of any activity that took place on that website. This, however, is only true for websites that have received HTTPS certification.

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Aside from that, the router is unable to view any files, websites, or photos that are accessed by a device connected to its WiFi network. This is due to the fact that all of this traffic is encrypted, making it impossible to spy on it so rapidly.

Furthermore, if the device connects to the internet using a VPN or the TOR browser, it can be much more difficult to track down their internet surfing activity on the device. The reason for this is because TOR and VPN will hide the device’s IP address, making it harder to distinguish between them and to determine which websites they are connecting to on their behalf.


Warning and Disclaimer

It may not have occurred to you yet but monitoring other users’ browser history is a breach of their right to be anonymous on the internet. As a result, it is not suggested nor advised that you use this tool to spy on the browsing behavior of others.

The ability to view the router’s history and see which devices have accessed which websites is a useful tool that many people take use of. This will provide you with an understanding of what the various devices on your network are doing on the internet. It is also a feature that may be used to implement parental control measures.

If you want to use this tool to spy on other people’s affairs, it’s immoral and, in certain situations, unlawful for you to do so. This includes visitors that come to your home and connect to your WiFi network, as well as your significant other’s surfing activities on the internet.


Step by Step guide on How to Access Browsing History through WiFi Router

By now, you should have a comprehensive grasp of the history view feature of routers, their advantages and downsides, and the need of operating them in an ethical manner.

Having gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business and figure out how to view your WiFi router’s browsing history. Well, here’s a step-by-step tutorial to assist you in your endeavor.

Step 1: Get your IP Address [optional]

Having gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business and figure out how to view your WiFi router’s browsing history. Well, here’s a step-by-step tutorial to assist you in your endeavor.

You will need to know your WiFi router’s IP address in order to have access to the backend management panel. If you’re already familiar with it, you may skip on to the next section.

If, on the other hand, you don’t know what your IP address is, here’s how to find out:

1. To open the “Run” utility on your windows computer, press the Windows Key + r at the same time.

2. Type “CMD” into the search box and hit “OK.” This will launch the administrator’s Command Prompt in a new window.

3. In the Command Prompt, type IPCONFIG /ALL to configure the network. This will provide you with a variety of information about your internet connection.

4. Scroll down until you find the label “Default Gateway” at the bottom of the page.

5. Make a note of the string of numbers that corresponds to the “Default Gateway” selection. This is the IP address of your computer.

Move on to the following stage once you’ve obtained your IP address.

Step 2: Log in to Your Router’s Backend Control Panel

1. Copy and paste your IP address into the address box of your web browser and press Enter.

2. This will lead you to the login screen for the backend control panel of your Router’s configuration.

3. You will be prompted to provide the login credentials for your router in order to view your router settings.

4. It’s probable that a technician, rather than you, will be responsible for configuring your router. As a result, you may be unable to access your router if you do not know the login and password.

5. If this is the case, don’t be concerned. Here’s how to gain access to the router’s management interface.

6. The first thing you should do is go over the paperwork that came with your router. There is a good chance that you will find the default username and password.

It may also be labelled on the bottom of your router, as an alternate option to this.

If you are unable to log in using the default values, it is possible that your router has been previously configured. In that scenario, you’ll need to restore the default settings on your router and log in using the default credentials.

Note: If you decide to reset your router, be sure to modify your SSID and select a new WiFi password before proceeding.

You can go to the following step after successfully logging into your router’s backend. Although it is not necessary, we recommend that you change the default login credentials for your router.

Step 3: See User’s Browser Activity

The actual location of the choices and settings will differ based on the manufacturer of your router.

That being said, practically all routers should have a function known as Logs, which is short for Logging. In the router’s control panel, it could be easily available from the home screen of the panel or it might be hidden inside another choice or menu.

1. In the Logs section, you will see a list of all connected devices, as indicated by the IP address of the device, along with information about their surfing habits.

2. So you will need to know the IP addresses of any devices that you are researching in order to conduct your investigation effectively.

3. You may find out more about this by going to the “Attached Devices” or “DHCP Clients” option in the Control Panel of your router. In this section, you can discover a list of all the devices that are connected, along with their IP and MAC addresses.

4. Now that you have the IP address of the device, you can use it to see which websites were visited from it and compare them.

Please keep in mind that the Logs function is often deactivated by default on most routers. Before you can trace the surfing activities of devices connected to your WiFi network, you must first activate it on the device in question.



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Final Words

So that gets us to the conclusion of our little tutorial on how to view your browsing history using your router’s web browser settings. As you can see, it’s a useful tool that allows you to keep track on the internet activity of the devices that are linked to your WiFi network.


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