Setting up a CenturyLink router is as easy as setting up a smartphone or a laptop and only takes a few minutes. You can either get a technician to set it up, or do it at home by yourself without any technical assistance. This guide lists the step-by-step process of setting up a CenturyLink router.

A router is slightly different from a modem as it is used to connect your devices to the modem, which in turn connects them to the publicly assigned IP address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP). CenturyLink internet modems come with a built-in router. However, you’ll have to configure the router separately. It is a two-step process and you can do it at home without needing any technical assistance. First, you’ll need to activate the internet and then the router.

Activate the Internet

Take out the contents of your CenturyLink modem box and follow these steps to activate the internet. You can skip this step if you’ve already activated the internet.

  1. Plug the internet cable into the DSL port, connect the modem to a power source, and turn it on.
  2. Wait for fifteen minutes for the modem to install the firmware updates (if any) and for the internet light to turn green. Your internet is now activated.

Activate the Wi-Fi Router

To activate the Wi-Fi, you need to follow these steps.

  1. Connect a computer to the modem via the Ethernet and type “” in your browser’s address bar. This will open the modem configuration page where you can log in using the admin username and key phrase/password mentioned on the back of the modem.
  2. Click on “Wireless Setup” from the main menu and you can personalize the name of your Wi-Fi network (SSID).
  3. To change the Wi-Fi password, click on “Wireless Security” and set up a secure and easy-to-remember password. If you forget the password, you can always reset it through the router configuration settings.
  4. Lastly, click on “Apply” to let the changes take effect.


Your router is all setup and ready to use. To connect a smartphone or a laptop to the Wi-Fi, turn on the Wi-Fi from your device settings and it will list all the available Wi-Fi networks in range. Click on your Wi-Fi and enter your password, and you’re good to go. Moreover, CenturyLink customer service is there to help you out if you’re facing an issue. You can contact them anytime at their Toll-Free Number i.e 1-877-373-1148