is private IP address . It’s often IP address on default for certain home models broadband routers usually sold outside the US. This IP address is also assigned to individual devices on the home network when the router has an IP address . Although this is the default IP address for some routers, any router (and computer, printer, smart TV, and tablet) on the local network can be configured to use

As a private IP address, as opposed to public address does not have to be unique on the Internet, but only on your local network.

How to connect to

There is usually no need to access the administrative console of the router. However, you may need it if you are having connection problems or are setting up your router for the first time, such as creating a network WiFi , router password change or custom DNS server settings .

If the router is using the address on the local network, you can login to his administrative console by entering its IP address in web browser in the form of a normal urls, such as .

The router prompts for an administrator username and password. The default username and password for the router is usually available online. Most use admin or 1234 as a password, and some write the password on the bottom of the router. The username is often empty or may be a user root . login page

Here are lists of default usernames and passwords for popular router manufacturers: Linksys , Cisco , D-Link , NETGEAR .

If you don’t know the password, reset settings router, to restore default credentials.

Why is so common?

router manufacturers and access points must use an IP address in the private range.

An illustration of devices that use the IP address
Lifewire / Miguel Co.

Previously, broadband router manufacturers such as Linksys and NETGEAR chose 192.168.1.x as the default address. Although this private range technically starts at, most people consider the number sequence to start at one rather than zero, making the logical choice to start the home network address range.

When a router is assigned this first address, it assigns addresses to every device on its network. Thus, IP became a common initial destination.

Assign to the device

Most networks assign private IP addresses dynamically using DHCP . This means that the device’s IP address can be changed automatically or reassigned to another device.

DHCP is the preferred method for assigning a device. Trying to use static IP assignment is possible, but can lead to connection problems if the network router is not configured accordingly.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing between static and dynamic assignment of an IP address :

For these reasons, it is recommended that you allow your router to control the assignment of IP addresses on your home network.

The network device does not get better performance or better security from its IP address, be it, , or other private address.

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