As you may already know, each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication is assigned a numerical label, an Internet Protocol address, or IP address for short. An IP address identifies the device an establishes a path to it.
But not all IP addresses can be reached through the public internet, and 192.168.1.1 is among them. This default IP address of most Linksys routers is one of 65,536 IP addresses in the 16-bit block of the private IPv4 address space, which includes addresses from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.
Private IP addresses are used for local area networks (LANs), and they were defined in an effort to delay IPv4 address exhaustion. Because private IP addresses can be used without approval from a regional Internet registry, they allow anyone from individual home users to organizations to readily deploy internet-connected devices using Network Address Translation (NAT), a method of assigning a public address to a computer inside a private network.
Manufacturers of home routers use private IP addresses, including 192.168.1.1, as the default gateway, allowing users to type http://192.168.1.1 into a web browser to access the router admin panel and change router settings.
192.168.1.1 is most often used as the default router IP address by Linksys, an American company selling data networking hardware products mainly to home users and small businesses.
Here’s an up-to-date list of all Linksys routers that use 192.168.1.1 as the default IP address:
There are a couple of reasons why you might want to access a Linksys router using 192.168.1.1. Perhaps you’ve just bought a router from Linksys and you need to access the Linksys router setup wizard to make it work.
Or maybe you’ve used NetSpot, a simple yet powerful application for Windows and macOS computers that can help you manage your wireless networks, and discovered that you should switch to a different wireless channel.
Regardless of what your reason for wanting to learn how to access routers from Linksys using 192.168.1.1 is, the steps you must take are always the same:
Step 1. Turn on your router and connect it to your computer with an Ethernet cable.
Some routers allow you to connect to them wirelessly, but Linksys routers have this feature disabled by default for security reasons.
Step 2. Open your favorite web browser and type “http://192.168.1.1” into the address bar.
You can leave out the “http://” part if you want to safe a few keystrokes.
Step 3. Enter the correct router login/password combination.
Check below any router's default login name and password:
If you don’t know your router login and password, there’s no reason to panic. Virtually all Linksys routers use “admin” as the default router password, and some don’t use any password at all. When it comes to the default login, you can either try “admin” or leave it blank.
Other common login/password combinations used by other manufacturers are:
If you’ve changed the default password to sometime else and you no longer remember what it was, you can restart your router to its default factory settings to reset its password by pressing and holding the Reset button for 10 seconds.
Make sure that the Power LED of the router is blinking when you press the reset button, which indicates that the router is being reset properly. The location of the reset button varies from model to model, but it’s usually right next to the power connector.
Alternatively, you can reset your router to its default factory settings from the router setup page:
Of course, having to enter the correct router login/password combination makes the alternative method how to reset your router to its default factory settings useless for situations when you don’t remember what the correct password is.
Now that you know what the 192.168.1.1 IP address is and how to log into routers that use it as the default gateway, you can explore its admin panel and change many different settings to make your network safer and faster.