The 10.0.0.1 IP address is special because it can be used more than once. It belongs to the 24-bit block of private IP address, which are used for local area networks (LANs). Unlike public IP addresses, it’s not possible to route private IP addresses through the internet, but that doesn’t make them useless.
In fact, we can thank private IP addresses such as 10.0.0.1 for the fact that the internet as we know it hasn’t collapsed yet. There are approximately 4 billion IP addresses in the IPv4 communications protocol, which is one of the core protocols of standards-based internet-working methods in the internet, and the first regional Internet Registry run out of freely allocated IPv4 addresses on 15 April 2011.
Since then, network administrators and internet providers have been relying on various methods of remapping one IP address space into another and using private IP addresses such as 10.0.0.1 as substitutes for public IP addresses.
Eventually, the IPv4 communications protocol will be entirely replaced by its successor, Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6 for short, but that will take some time. Currently, only about 25 percent of internet traffic happens through IPv6.
If you have a router at home, there’s a good chance that you can access it using the 10.0.0.1 IP address:
Please note! Double check that you’re not accessing the http://10.0.0.0.1 login page, which wouldn’t work because 10.0.0.0.1 login page doesn’t exist.
A login window should appear.
If you don’t know what the default admin username and password combination are, proceed to the next chapter of this article.
Once you’re in your router’s admin page (keep in mind that the 10.0.0.0.1 admin page doesn’t exist because it contains one extra zero), you can change many different settings. You can even change the IP address of the login page.
You could, for example, change your Xfinity router login page or Comcast router login page from 10.0.0.1 Xfinity/10.0.0.1 Comcast to 10.0.4.1 or 10.125.3.1. As long as you stay between 10.0.0.0 and 10.255.255.255, you can use any IP address you want, so 10.0.0.0.1 Xfinity or 10.0.0.0.1 Comcast wouldn’t be possible.
When you change any Wi-Fi-related settings, we highly recommend you use NetSpot, an easy-to-use professional Wi-Fi analyzer designed to tell you everything you need to know about your wireless network, to see whether your change has had a positive effect.
Each router manufacturer uses different default username and password combinations. It’s far beyond the scope of this article to list all usernames and passwords you may encounter, so here are the top 10 most common username/password combinations:
If none of the 10 most common username/password combinations work, check the list of the default router passwords and usernames below:
There are three main reasons why people have trouble connecting to 10.0.0.1: