What Is the Router IP Address

You probably know that every single device that’s connected to the internet has an IP address. What you probably don’t know, however, is that not all IP addresses are the same. The IP address is one of 17.9 million private addresses, and it’s used as the default router IP address for certain routers, including some models from Cisco, D-Link, LevelOne, Linksys, and many others. - What IP Address Is It?

When you want to reach a destination in the real world, you ask for its address and put it in your GPS. When you want to reach a destination on the internet, you also ask for its address, and you type it into the URL bar of your favorite web browser.

The problem with the internet is that not every destination has a public address. Some destinations have only what’s called a private address, and the IP address is one of them. is a private IP address, similar to or used by many vendors as the default gateway.

What Routers Use

There are many routers that use as the default IP address. Here’s a list of manufacturers that have released at least one router that uses as the default IP address:

3Com EHome RCA
Aceex Encore Rocketfish
Actiontec EnGenius Rosewill
AmbiCom Ericsson Ruckus Wireless
Anker Freecom Sagemcom
Aperion Audio Fry’s Electronics Samsung
Arris GEmtek Scientific
Arrowpoint Hiltron Senao
Askey HotBrick SerComm
AT&T Huawei Sitecom
ATEL Kingston Sky
Axesstel Konica SMC
AXIMcom Kyocera SnapGear
Belkin LevelOne SparkLAN
Bountiful WiFi Linksys Sprint
BroadMax Luxul Symbol
Buffalo Maxon Technicolor
Card King McAfee Teleadapt
CastleNet MediaLink Tenda
Cisco Mitsumi Electric Thomson
CNet Monoprice Totolink
Compex Motorola TP-Link
Conceptronic NEC TRENDnet
Contec Netgear Troy Wireless
Corega NexLand U-Media
CardlePoint Nexxt Solutions Ubee
Cyberguard Oki UMAX
D-Link Open Virgin Media
Diamond Opengear Vodafone
Dovado OvisLink Winstars
DrayTek Phicomm Zoom

Out of these, D-Link, Linksys, and TP-Link have by far the most routers that use as the default IP address.

Your Router Default Name and Password

Check the list below to see any router's default login name and password:

How to Access Router Settings Using the IP Address

If you’ve ever tried to open or any other router IP address in a web browser, you probably know it’s impossible to get very far without the correct router password. The problem is that every router is different, and there are many default router login/password combinations to try.

To log in to please follow the steps below:

  1. Open your browser and type into the URL address bar.

  3. Enter router login and password. If you don't know them, please check the list of the default router passwords.

  4. Enter router login and password
  5. You are inside the admin panel and can change any settings now.

  6. Router admin panel

The most common router login names are admin, root, administrator, user.

The most common router passwords include: admin, password, 1234, unknown, epicrouter, user, root, smcadmin, motorola, zoomadsl, guest, conexant, vodafone, mysweex, airlive, telus, 3play, 12345, ubnt, sky, dsl, cciadmin, admintelecom, 123, zxdsl, speedstream, router, public, highspeed, gvt12345, 3bb, 1234567890, tmadmin, op3n, kpn-adsl, cisco, changeme, atlantis, administrator, 123456.

Some routers have the default router login/password combination printed on a sticker at the back or bottom, while others list it in the manual. There are also websites that list common passwords for different router manufacturers, such as RouterPasswords.com. Now that you know how to log into routers, it’s time to look at common router settings.

How to Change Router Settings?

After a successful router login, you should be able to change router settings. There are many settings you can change, but the ones you’ll likely be interested in the most all revolve around wireless internet access and security.

  • WiFi name: You can give your wireless network any name you want. There are many popular clever, funny, and cool WiFi names that you can copy or use for inspiration. A good WiFi name should be easy to remember, unique, and inoffensive.

  • WiFi password: A strong WiFi password is a must. Unless you like the idea of your neighbor leeching off your WiFi and bringing your speeds to a crawl, we highly recommend you use a password that’s at least 8 characters long and consists of letters, numbers, and special characters.

  • WiFi channel: To ensure optimal WiFi performance, it’s necessary to pick the right WiFi channel. With the help of NetSpot, an easy-to-use WiFi analyzer app for macOS and Windows, you can quickly identify the least crowded WiFi channels in your area so you know which one to pick. Besides channel analysis, NetSpot can also help you find the right spot for your router and troubleshoot common WiFi problems.

Closer Look at Private IP Addresses

The reason why there are certain destinations on the internet that don’t have public addresses has everything to do with the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which defines an IP address as a 32-bit number. Because the IPv4 pool is 32-bits in size, it can contain only 4,294,967,296 addresses.

Out of these, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has directed the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to reserve 17.9 million addresses for private networks, which are typically used for local area networks (LANs) in residential, office, and enterprise environments.

You might think that nearly 4.3 billion IP address would be enough, but you would be wrong. There are now around 23 billion connected devices, and the number is expected to double by 2023. To cope with the IP address shortage, a single public IP address is often used to hide an entire IP address space consisting of private IP addresses using network address translation (NAT), a method of remapping one IP address space into another.

A new version of the Internet Protocol has also been developed, called IPv6. Unlike its predecessor, IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing for approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, which is enough to assign a unique IPv6 address to every single atom on the surface of the Earth.

Conclusion is one of many private IP addresses, which are used by routers to identify themselves on a network. If you have a router that uses this IP address and you know its login and password, you can type the address into the URL field of your web browser, log in, and change any router settings you want.

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