What is 192.168.1.1?
Linksys, Netgear, Westell and some other smaller brands use the IP 192.168.1.1 as a default IP address for their broadband routers. However, not only broadband routers can use this IP address. The IP 192.168.1.1 is in the range between 192.168.0.0 and 192.168.255.255 which makes it a private IPv4 address. What does this mean?
Private IP addresses can’t be used on the Internet; they are intended to be used in home networks only. Private IPs can be used in different networks, unlike public IP addresses where every computer on the Internet has to have a unique IP. This means that you can use the 192.168.1.1 IP to access your own router, but you can’t access other people routers by typing that IP in your web browser.
In a network every machine also has to have a unique IP address, and there can’t be two machines with the same IP in one network. If that happens an IP conflict occurs. So in order to avoid IP conflicts, it is better to check if the IP address is already used by another machine in the network before we assign it to the desired computer.
How to Connect To A Router Using 192.168.1.1
If you are experiencing a problem in your home network or you want to set up your new router then you need to know its IP address. If the IP address of your router is 192.168.1.1 you can easily access the router’s configuration options. All you have to do is to type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your preferred browser and you will be asked for username and password.
However, in some cases this will not succeed because your router uses another IP address depending on the manufacturer, or the router has failed and is not responsive. If the default IP address of your router is not 192.168.1.1 we recommend you to check the User’s manual or visit the producer’s website. You can also try the following to find your router’s IP:
1. In Windows 7, click the Start button and in the field “Search programs and files” type “run”. At the top of the menu you will see “Run” under Applications. Click it.
2. In the new window type “cmd” and press OK.
3. In the command prompt type “ipconfig” and hit Enter on your keyboard.
4. Look for Default gateway, and you will see your router IP there.
So, now when you are sure about your IP, if you know the username and password you will be able to access the router’s administrator console. If you don’t have or can’t remember the username and password you can always try the manufacturer’s default details. For example, if you own a Linksys router you can try to type “admin” in both username and password fields. If that doesn’t help, try to leave the username blank. In case your router is of another brand, or you can’t login after trying our suggestions you can always search the Internet for default passwords. Before you start searching, look at the following table and try these combinations first.
If someone has changed your default password and none of the given works you can always do a hardware reset of your router (put a paperclip in the pinhole in the router and hold the reset button for 10 seconds) and it will be reset to factory settings and hopefully the default username and password will work.