How to Configure a PLDT Router

To configure a PLDT router, we usually use the router’s administrative web interface. The admin web interface is a graphical user interface used for changing the router’s configuration. Although there is another way to change the router’s settings (through text-based Telnet command), using its web interface is pretty much easier.

Account Names Needed to Configure a PLDT Router

PLDT routers use two different account names for configuration purposes. The first account uses the username “admin” while the second one uses the username “adminpldt. The “admin” account is limited to changing the configuration of the wireless LAN. That is, changing the wifi names (also called WLAN SSID names) and their corresponding passphrases or passwords. On the other hand, the account with the username “adminpldt” is very powerful. It has access to a large set of options for changing the router’s configuration. Because it can change settings that are vital to the router’s proper operation, the account is disabled by default. The reason, clearly, is to prevent users from inadvertently mis-configuring the router. This could lead to the router’s malfunction or worst, to a total break down of the router.

In this article, How to Configure a PLDT Router, we will use the real administrative account, the account with the username “adminpldt”. If you need to configure the wireless LAN only, you may use the limited account “admin” account.

Please see: How to Configure a PLDT Router Using the “admin” Account.

This article was written using the PLDT Home Fibr router model AN5506-04. However, the information here should also apply to most of PLDT’s fiber routers.

Enabling the Admin Account Needed to Configure a PLDT Router

As stated above, the admin account with the username “adminpldt” is disabled by default. To enable it, we need to log in using a super admin account. Below is the information we need to log in as a super user.

IP Address: https://192.168.1.1/fh
Username: f~i!b@e#r$h%o^m*esuperadmin	            
Password: s(f)u_h+g|u

Step 1

Open your internet browser. On the address bar, type the IP address of https://192.168.1.1/fh. Then, press the “enter key”.

The chrome internet browser with annotated address highlighting the IP address of the web interface for configuring a PLDT router
Google Chrome Annotated

Step 2

Type in or copy and paste the Username and Password as shown above, f~i!b@e#r$h%o^m*esuperadmin and s(f)u_h+g|u respectively. Then, click the “Login” button.

The PLDT router's admin web login prompt showing the username and password for enabling PLDT admin account in order to configure a PLDT router
PLDT Router Admin Web Login Page Annotated

Step 3

Under the Device Management menu, click the “Debug Switch”.

The screenshot show the device management menu in the super admin web interface, the first step to configure a PLDT router.
The Super Admin Menu

Step 4

  • Enable the “Web Admin Switch” by clicking the radio button labelled “Enable”. Then click the “Apply” button beneath the radio button.
  • Optionally, also enable the “Telnet Switch” by the same procedure. Click the “Telnet Switch” radio button, and then click the “Apply” button below it.

By enabling the TELNET SWITCH, you can recover your router’s passwords (both user and admin passwords) if you ever forget them after setting them to their new values. See: How to Recover PLDT Admin Password by Using Telnet.

Before configuring a PLDT router, the Web Admin Switch has to be enabled first.  Also, it is good to enable the Telnet Switch also.
The Super Admin Debug Switches

Finally, click “Logout” at the upper right portion of the web interface.

Step 5

After enabling the admin account, we can now log in using the username “adminpldt”. Use the information below.

IP Address: https://192.168.1.1/fh
Username: adminpldt
Password: z6dUABtl270qRxt7a2uGTiw 
The login page for configuring PLDT router located at ip address 192.168.1.1/fh
The Login Page for the Admin Web Interface

After logging in as “adminpldt” using the provided password above and you receive a message “Username or Password Error!”, this indicates that the password for the “adminpldt” account has been set to a different password. In this case, you have two (2) options. One is reset the router to its default factory configuration. The other option is to use Telnet to retrieve the currently set password for the “adminpldt” account. See How to Use Telnet to Recover PLDT Router Passwords.

How to Reset PLDT Router to its Default Factory Configuration

After a successful login, the main menu of the router’s web interface should be displayed as depicted in the screenshot below.

The main menu of PLDT router admin page
The Main Page of the Web Interface after a successful login

What will follow is a detailed explanation on the different status information and configuration options that can be changed to configure a PLDT router.

Main Menu to Configure a PLDT Router

Table of Contents (PLDT Router’s Web Interface)

The PLDT Router’s Web Interface Main Menu

The Main Menu consists of the items Status, Network, Security, Applications, and Management.

The Status contains information regarding the operating status of the router. Most information included here are indispensable for troubleshooting purposes. For example the Wan Status will show you if your router is connected to the Internet. Also, the Wireless status shows the devices (PC, laptops, smartphones, etc.) wirelessly connected to the router.

The Network page is where the wireless LAN or Wi-fi is configured. It enables you to change the wifi names and passwords. It is also here where the Local Area Network is setup.

Under Security is the Firewall setup. Most of the configurations here have something to do with the network’s protection. Also included here are access control mechanisms like MAC filtering and Parental Control.

The Application menu item includes VPN Passthrough, DDNS, Port Forwarding, Port Triggering, NAT, UPNP, DMZ, DLNA, Samba, and Diagnosis.

In Management, we can change the passwords for the user and admin accounts of the router. We may also save the router’s configuration to a file in the Device Management. We may also view the log file here.

Status (Device Information)

Under the Status (Device Information) menu item are the Device Information, Wireless Status, Wan Status, Lan Status, Optical Info, and the VoIP Status.

The Status-Device Interface page for configuring a PLDT router.
Status-Device Information

Notable information under Device Information are the router’s device model, hardware version, and the installed firmware version (software version). Also included are the current CPU and Memory utilization of the router.

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Wireless Status

Status-Wireless Status-Wireless Status

The Wireless Status contains three (3) sub-menu items, Wireless Status, 5G Wireless Status, and WIFI Clients.

The PLDT router uses a dual band Wireless LAN (wi-fi) radio. That means it uses two radio frequencies, the standard 2.4 Ghz frequency and the newer 5 Ghz frequency.

The first item in the sub-menu, the Wireless Status ( I think this sub-menu item should have been named 2.4G Wireless Status), refers to the 2.4 Ghz radio band.

The second item in the sub-menu, the 5G Wireless Status (aptly called) displays the status of the second radio band, the 5Ghz band.

The last item of the sub-menu which is WIFI Clients will show any device connected to either wireless radio band. Any device such as a desktop PC, a laptop, or a smartphone that is connected to the wifi will be shown here.

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5G Wireless Status

Status-Wireless Status-5G Wireless Status

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Wifi Clients List

Status-Wireless Status-WIFI Clients List

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Wan Status

Status-Wan Status-Wan Status

The Wan Status will show the router’s connection to the internet service provider (ISP).

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Lan Status

Status-LAN Status-LAN Status

The LAN Status has two (2) sub-menu items, LAN Status and DHCP Client List.The LAN Status shows the IP address of the router. This is one of the most important information because the IP address shown here is the IP address that is used in order to access the router’s web interface. This is also the IP address of the DHCP server if it is being implemented. And this is also the IP address of the Default Gateway.

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DHCP Clients List

Status-LAN Status-DHCP Clients List

The router has the facility to act as a DHCP server. DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Any device (PC, laptop, smartphone, etc.) that wishes to connect to the router needs to be assigned a host IP address. At the same time, the connecting device or host must know the IP address of the router it is connecting to. And lastly, the connecting device must also be provided the IP address of the DNS server. It is the job of the DHCP server to provide all this information to the connecting host or device. In essence, it dynamically configures the host so it can connect to the router.As the DHCP server hands out IP addresses to connecting devices, the IP addresses handed out to the clients will be shown in the “DHCP Client” list.

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Optical Info

Status-Optical Info-Optical Info

The Optical Info under the Status menu item shows the optical characteristics of the router.

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VoIP Status

Status-VoIP Status-VoIP Status

The VoIP Status will show the status of any connected telephone set. VoIP, which means Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a new way of transmitting voice – over the internet.

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Network

The Network page of the web interface is one of the most important configuration pages needed to configure a PLDT router. This is where the LAN (Local Area Network) is configured, including the wireless LAN.

Wlan Settings

The Network (Wlan Settings) menu contains six (6) sub-menu items, all for changing the settings of the wireless LAN. The sub-menu items are Basic, Advanced, 5G Basic, 5G Advanced, an the 5G WPS.

Basic

Network-Wlan Settings-Basic

The Basic item actually refers to the first radio band of the router’s dual band wi-fi radio. The setting here affects the 2.4Ghz frequency band only. Settings that can be changed here include changing Network Mode, the Frequency Bandwidth, the Channel Number, and the Guard Interval.

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Advanced

Network-Wlan Settings-Advanced

The Advanced item is actually the second page or continuation of the preceding page, the Basic item shown above. This Advanced setting also refer to the 2.4Ghz wi-fi band.This sub-menu item is one of the most important configuration options. It is here where the wi-fi name or the WLAN SSID name of wireless network is changed. This is also where the Passphrase or the password of the wireless LAN is changed. Optionally, you may change the Security Mode of the WLAN.

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WIFI Control

Network-Wlan Settings-WIFI Control

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WPS

Network-Wlan Settings-WPS

WPS is the third and final page for configuring the 2.4Ghz band wi-fi radio. WPS stands for Wi-fi Protected Setup. It is an automated way of connecting devices to the router without providing the SSID name and the passphrase or the password.

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5G Basic

Network-Wlan Settings-5G Basic

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5G Advanced

Network-Wlan Settings-5G Advanced

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5G WIFI Control

Network-Wlan Settings-5G WIFI Control

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5G WPS

Network-Wlan Settings-5G WPS

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LAN Settings

Network-LAN Settings-LAN Settings

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BroadBand Settings

Network-BroadBand Settings-Internet Settings

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Remote Management

Network-Remote Management-ACS Server

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Authentication

Network-Authentication-OLT Authentication

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IPV6

Network-IPV6-IPv6 Static Route

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Security

Firewall

Firewall Control

The Firewall menu under Security showing the different option in configuring a PLDT router.
Security-Firewall-Firewall Control

Firewall Control is the page where we can enable or disable the router’s firewall. A firewall is a security protection against malicious programs coming from the internet. The router’s firewall is enabled by default to serve as the first layer of protection against attacks emanating from the Internet.

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IPv4 Filtering

To configure a PLDT router, the firewall IPv4 filtering is used to protect the network from malicious attacks.
Security-Firewall-IPv4 Filtering

IPv4 Filtering provides a way to create filtering rules, whether to allow or discard a certain network traffic. The filter mode can be set to either a White List, where a network traffic matching the filtering rules is allowed to pass thru the router, or a Black List where the traffic matching the rules are discarded or not allowed to pass thru the router. In IP Filtering, the network traffic’s source IP address, source port, destination IP address, destination port, protocol type, and direction are all verified to match the filtering rules.

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URL Filtering

Firewall URL Filtering is one of the options to configure a PLDT router.  Network traffic matching the URLs in the list are either allowed or blocked.
Security-Firewall-URL Filtering

Firewall/URL Filtering allows us to create a list of URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or web addresses that we want to allow or block. In the White List mode, if the network traffic contains a URL specified in the filtering list, the traffic is allowed to pass thru the router. On the other hand, in the Black List mode, such network traffic is discarded or blocked.

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Anti Port Scan

In configuring a PLDT router, one of the options is enabling the firewall's anti port scan feature.
Security-Firewall-Anti Port Scan

Firewall/Anti Port Scan allows us either enable or disable the Anti Port Scan feature of the router. Malicious attackers usually scan the network for open ports where they can initiate an attack. Enabling the Anti Port Scan should prevent anyone from scanning the network.

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DHCP Filtering

Another option for configuring a PLDT router is DHCP filtering to limit access to the router.
Security-Firewall-DHCP Filtering

Firewall/DHCP Filtering. DHCP means Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. The router has a DHCP server that hands out IP addresses and provide other pertinent information to devices wishing to connect to the network. Therefore, the DHCP server can be used to filter devices trying to connect to network, either thru LAN or wireless LAN. A Black List, which is a list of devices to be blocked or a White List, which is a list of devices to be allowed, can be created by entering the device’s MAC address.

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MAC Filtering

MAC address filtering is used to allow or block a device depending on its MAC address in configuring a PLDT router.
Security-Firewall-MAC Filter

Firewall MAC Filtering. Every network device has a MAC address or Media Access Control address. It is a 12-digit number consisting of six (6) hexadecimal numbers. For example my router’s MAC address is 5C:3C:27:02:B2:88. In MAC filtering, we are allowed to create a list of MAC addresses of devices that are either to be allowed (White List) or blocked (Black List).

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IPv6 MAC Filtering

IPv6 MAC filtering under Firewall menu is similar to IPv4 MAC Filtering in configuring a PLDT router.
Security-Firewall-IPv6 MAC Filtering

Firewall IPv6 MAC Filtering is similar to MAC Filtering but for IPv6 which is not yet widely used.

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Parental Control

The firewall parental control for limiting the kids access to the internet during certain hours.
Security-Firewall-Parental Control

Firewall-Parental Control. The parental control feature of routers are intended to be used for limiting the kid’s use of the Internet during certain times. After enabling the Parental Control by clicking the “Enable Parental Control” button, you can set the starting time and the ending time where access to the internet is allowed. You may choose to configure the four (4) LAN ports at the back of the router and/or any of the wireless LAN channels.

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WAN ACL Settings

Security-Firewall-WAN ACL Settings

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Remote Control

The security-remote control allows us to enable or disable access to the admin web interface thru the internet to configure a PLDT router.
Security-Remote-Control

Security-Remote-Control. This page allows us to enable or disable access to the administrative web interface (this admin web interface we are currently discussing) thru the Internet. The usual way of using this admin web interface is thru the LAN (locally), either wired or wirelessly. If you are away from your local area network and you want to access the router’s admin web interface, you can do so thru the internet if this Remote Control featured is enable.

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Route QOS

QOS Enable

Security-Route QOS-QOS Enable

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QOS Config

Security-Router QOS-QOS Config

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ACL Settings

Security-ACL Settings-ACL Settings

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DDos

Security-DDOS-DDOS

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Application

VPN

Application-VPN-VPN Pass-through

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DDNS

Application-DDNS-DDNS Settings

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Port Forwarding

Application-Port Forwarding-Port Forwarding

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Port Triggering

Application-Port Triggering-Port Triggering

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NAT

Application-NAT-NAT

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UPNP

Application-UPNP-UPNP

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DMZ

Application-DMZ-DMZ

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DLNA

Application-DLNA-DLNA

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Samba

Application-Samba-Samba

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Diagnosis

Application-Diagnosis-Diagnosis

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Management

Account Management

User Account

User Account in Account Management for changing the password for the admin account that is used to configure a PLDT router.
Management-Account Management-User Account

The User Account page under the Device Management menu allows us to change the password for the username “admin”. Take note that the “admin” username cannot be changed. This is the user account that was discussed at the start of this article. This “admin” account has limited access to the router’s configuration. It is mainly used for configuring the wireless LAN or the Wi-fi part of the router.

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Maintenance Account

To configure a PLDT router, the adminpldt account name is used.  This is where we change the account's password.
Management-Account Management-Maintenance Account

The Maintenance Account page is used to change the password of the “adminpldt” account. This is the account name that you use to get full access to the router’s complete set of configuration options.

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Device Management

Restore

adminpldt web interface displaying device management menu for configuring pldt routers
Management-Device Management-Restore

We use the Restore page of the Device Management menu to restore the router’s configuration file that was previously created in the Config Backup page.

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Local Upgrade

To configure a PLDT router to use a newer firmware version, the Local Upgrade in Device Management is used for upgrading the router's firmware.
Management-Device Management-Local Upgrade

The Local Upgrade page in Device Management is used for upgrading the router’s firmware using a locally available upgrade file.

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Config Backup

The config backup in device management menu for creating a backup after doing a configuration of PLDT router.
Management-Device Management-Config Backup

The Config Backup page in Device Management is used for creating a backup of the router’s configuration file. To create the config backup, provide the username and password of a computer in the network where you want to store the backup. Also provide the computer’s IP address and specify a file name for the config backup.

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FTP Server

In configuring a PLDT router, this page is the Device Management/FTP Server page for enabling/disabling the router's FTP server.
Management-Device Management-FTP Server

In the Device Management/FTP Server page, we can enable or disable the router’s FTP server.

The router has two (2) USB slots for plugging a storage device like a flash drive or an external hard drive. The connected storage device can be accessed across the network by enabling the router’s FTP server.

In configuring a PLDT router, this is a screenshot showing how to enable the router's FTP server.
How to Enable the Router’s FTP Server

Enable the FTP server by clicking the “Enable” button and providing a username and a password. Then click the “Apply” button.

Plug a previously formatted storage device at the back of the router. Open an internet browser and type the address ftp://192.168.1.1 to access the storage device.

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Device Reboot

The Device Management/Device Reboot page allows us to reboot after configuring the PLDT router.
Management-Device Management-Device Reboot

The Device Reboot in the Device Management menu allows us to reboot the router by clicking the “Reboot” button. This allows us to reboot the router remotely instead of physically pushing the power switch at the back of the router.

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NTP Check Time

The Device Management/NTP Check Time page showing the NTP servers for synchronizing the router's clock as part of How to Configure a PLDT router.
Management-Device Management-NTP Check Time

NTP stands for Network Time Protocol. The router contacts the NTP servers listed on this page to synchronize its time.

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Log

adminpldt web interface showing the management log
Management-Log-Log

On this page, the Management/Log page, is shown the activity record of the router. This is the last page of the web interface that is used to configure a PLDT router.

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