What is the IP address

A private IP address, such as, is the IP address used in your home or office router. The manufacturer of your device assigns this address by default. It is used to configure and manage the wireless network in your home or office and plays an important role in the communication between devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and other Internet-connected devices on your network.

The current private IP address that is being used defines a range of private IP addresses on your network. This range applies to all devices on your network, not just your router. Each device you connect gets its own private IP address. For example, a laptop might get, a smartphone might get, and a tablet might get The router sends specific data packets to these addresses that it receives from the Internet. Devices use these addresses to communicate with the router and further connect to the Internet.

It’s important to note that not only Internet-enabled devices receive private IP addresses such as Your printers, scanners, and other devices may also receive their own private IP addresses once they connect to the router. They use these addresses to communicate on your wireless network.

The private IP address can also be used to access the settings page of your router. However, if you cannot access this page, it may mean that the address has been changed by someone else. If you do not know the new address or cannot recognize it, you may need to factory reset your router to access its settings and secure your wireless network.

How to access

The IP address is often used as the address of a router or network access point. To access your device using this IP address, you need to connect to the network where the device is located and then use a browser.

  • Connect to the network: Make sure your device (computer, phone, etc.) is connected to the same local network as the device with the IP address This could be a Wi-Fi network or a network cable.
  • Open a browser: Launch a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  • Enter the IP address: In the address bar of the browser, type the IP address itself: and press Enter.
  • Authorization: If this is a router or access point, you will be asked for a username and password. Typically, these devices use standard usernames and passwords, which can be found in the device’s documentation or on the device’s case. If you are unsure, contact your Internet Service Provider or network administrator for assistance.
  • Explore the settings: Once logged in, you’ll be taken to the router or access point’s management interface, where you can configure network, security, and other settings.

Note that changing the router settings may affect the network operation, so be careful and if in doubt, it is better to consult with professionals or network administrators.

What to do if you cannot access

If you are having trouble accessing the address, there are a few steps you can try:

  • Check your network connection: Make sure your device is connected to the same network as the device with the IP address Check Wi-Fi or network cable connection.
  • Try another device: If you have another device (such as another computer or phone), try connecting to IP address through it. This will help rule out problems with your primary device.
  • Verify the IP address is correct: Make sure the IP address is correct. Sometimes devices may have a different IP address, and you may need to find out the correct address with instructions from your ISP or network administrator.
  • Disable firewall or antivirus software temporarily: Sometimes firewalls or antivirus software can block access to devices on your network. Try temporarily disabling such programs and retry access.
  • Reset your router/device: If you can access your router or device directly (e.g. via the reset button), try resetting it to factory settings. You should then be able to use your default credentials for access.
  • Get help: If none of the above helps, contact your ISP or network administrator for help. They may be able to help troubleshoot the problem with accessing the device at

If entering the IP address in a browser does not produce results, it may mean that is not the gateway for your computer. The easiest way to find the correct gateway is to open a command prompt (Start > cmd) and type “ipconfig/all”. Analyze the results to determine if the gateway address is or not.

Change the password on your router

To keep your network secure, it is critical to set a strong password other than the default. To change your password, log in following the instructions above and go to the administration section. Here you will be able to update your password. For security purposes, you will be prompted to enter your new password twice.

List of router user names and passwords

2Wire admin admin
Actiontec admin password
Arris admin password
AT&T (blank) attadmin
Cox admin password
D-Link admin Admin
Eminent admin admin
Frontier admin admin
Huawei admin admin
LevelOne admin password
Linksys admin Admin
Motorola admin admin
Netgear admin password
Netopia admin admin
Netstar admin password
Planet admin admin
SAMSUNG admin password
Senao admin admin
Siemens admin admin
Sigma admin admin
Sitecom sitecom Admin
SMCNetworks admin admin
SUN admin admin
Telcosystems telco telco
Tenda admin admin
Thomson admin admin
TP-Link admin admin
Trendnet admin admin
ZCOM root admin
ZTE admin admin
Zyxel admin admin

How to change the IP address of the router

The default gateway IP address is usually provided by your ISP, but you can customize it to suit your needs. This is often done to prevent unauthorized access to the admin panel, protect against DDoS attacks, or simply to add an extra layer of security. Here’s how to do it:


  1. Log in to the default admin panel at or (admin/admin is the username and password).
  2. Select Advanced Settings > Network > Local Area Network.
  3. In the “IP address” field, you can change it to the desired address, for example
  4. Save the changes and the router will reboot for them to take effect.


  1. Log in to the router configuration page (username: admin, password: admin/blank).
  2. Go to Settings > Network Settings.
  3. Find the “Router IP Address” field.
  4. Change the settings and save them.

Finding the IP address of the router:

If typing in a browser does not bring up the router login page, you can find out the address in use in several ways.

  1. Many routers have a sticker on them with information including the default IP address, username, and password. You can also find this information in the user manual or on the manufacturer’s Web site.
  2. If you are using a Windows computer, you can find the router’s IP address using the command line:
  • Open the “Start Menu” and search for “CMD” and then open “Command Prompt”.
  • Type “ipconfig” and press Enter.

  • Find the “Default Gateway” entry – this is the IP address of your router.

Using these methods, you will be able to change the IP address of your router and secure your network.






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