The IP Address

Let us describe one common scenario to you: You finally get back home after a long day at school or work, and all you want to do is kick back and relax on the internet. But the moment you fire up your web browser you discover that you can’t access the internet because something is wrong with your router. The solution? Use the IP address to access the router’s admin interface and fix the problem there.

What Is the Purpose of the IP Address?

The IP address belongs to the– range of private IP addresses, which are commonly used for local area networks (LANs) and were originally defined in an effort to delay IPv4 address exhaustion, which has been anticipated for decades now due to the dramatic growth of the number of internet-connected devices.

The IP address typically serves as the default gateway IP, a special address associated with routers that allows devices in one network to communicate with devices in another network. Apart from serving as an access point to another network, the also makes it possible to access the admin panel of the associated router and change the router's settings.

Of course, it’s not just routers that can use the IP address. All electronic devices that can connect to a local network can identify themselves to others with the IP address, including webcams, laptops, servers, personal computers, smart TVs, repeaters, or modems.

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How to Log in to a Router Using

You’re probably reading this article because you’re experiencing issues with your router and can’t connect to the internet. If that’s the case, you need to access the router’s admin panel using the IP address and verify that it’s set up correctly and doesn’t display any error messages.

Step 1

Open a web browser.

You can use any web browser you want. Just make sure the web browser is reasonably modern and supports JavaScript, a programming language that’s commonly used to build interactive websites.
Step 2 Type into your web browser’s address bar and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
You can also enter just, and your web browser should automatically fill in the rest.
Step 3 You should now see a login window with two input fields: one for the admin username and one for the admin password.
Router login/password
Unless you’ve changed the default admin username and password to something else, both should be “admin”.
Step 4 After entering the correct admin username and password, you should be taken straight to the admin panel, where you should be able to change all the settings you see there.

The instructions on how to log in to routers that use a different default gateway IP than are the same except for the step where you enter the IP address into your web browser’s address bar.

What are the Top Brands Using

Brands that use or similar IP addresses for their devices include, but are not limited to:

  1. TP-Link: This brand is well-known for its networking equipment, including routers, extenders, and access points. They use IP addresses like for some models to access the device's admin page.
  2. D-Link: Another major manufacturer of networking devices. Some D-Link models use this IP for administrative access.
  3. Netgear: This brand also produces networking devices, such as routers and extenders, that may use this IP address or others in the 192.168.x.x range for local configuration.
  4. Tenda: Offers a variety of networking hardware, including routers and extenders, with some models using the IP for local access.
  5. Zyxel: Known for a range of networking solutions, including routers and access points that may use this IP for management purposes.

It's important to note that the specific IP address used for device access can vary even within the same brand, depending on the model and firmware version. Therefore, it's always best to check the device's documentation or the label on the device itself for the correct IP address to use for access to the administration interface.

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Wrong Admin Username and Password

Not knowing the correct admin username and password is by far the most common issue experienced by users when connecting to the IP address. As we’ve already explained most routers use “admin” as both the default username and the default password. However, there are also other possible admin username and password combinations that you should know about. default username and password list:

Wrong IP Address

It’s also possible that your router doesn’t actually use as its default gateway IP. There are 65,535 other IP addresses in the 16-bit block of private IP addresses to which the IP address belongs. Instead of trying one private IP address after another, which would take ages, we strongly recommend you use the instructions below to retrieve your router’s internal IP:


  • Open the Start menu.
  • Type “cmd” and press Enter.
  • Type “ipconfig” and look for “Default Gateway.”


  • Open your Applications folder.
  • Then open Utilities and double-click on Terminal.
  • Type “netstat -nr | grep default”.

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Hopefully, you can now troubleshoot issues related to the IP address with ease now and are not afraid of messing things up. While there are many other private IP addresses similar to, you should be able to apply the instructions above to all of them.

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