The Default IP Router Address Explained

Connected devices are everywhere these days, but not many people pay attention to their IP addresses. If you’re not like most people, the chances that you’ve encountered the IP address before and would like to know what it is and why it looks so strange. By the end of this article, all your questions will be answered.

What Kind of IP Address Is

There’s a good reason why the IP address looks so strange: it’s a private IP address. As you may already know, all internet-connected devices have an IP address. According to some estimations, there are roughly 26 billion connected devices worldwide in 2019. The problem is that there are only about 4,294,967,296 IPv4 addresses.

How come there are so many devices connected to the internet when there are is such a limited number of IPv4 addresses? The answer is private IP addresses. Thanks to a clever method of remapping one IP address space into another, called network address translation (NAT), it’s possible to masquerade the private network address space with only one publicly routable IPv4 address.

The IP address belongs to the 16-bit block of IPv4 address ranges for private networks. In total, there are 65,536 private IP addresses like, and they’re used mainly to identify devices on local area networks (LANs), such as those in homes, schools, and offices.

Among the many devices that may use the IP address are routers. Why would a router identify itself on a network when its purpose is to manage it? Because routers are complex devices with many settings, and there must be a way how to directly change them.

When a router uses the IP address, it’s possible to connect to this address and log in to the router’s admin interface — provided you know the right login and password combination.

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What Routers Use This IP Address?

Globe is probably the most famous router manufacturer that uses the as the default router IP address. However, you may not even know that you’re using a Globe router because the company is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), which means that its routers are often marketed by other manufacturers and sold under different brands.

Fortunately, there’s a quick way how you can find your router IP address, and all you need is a Windows computer:

  1. Click on the Start icon and type “CMD” on your keyboard.
  2. Press enter and wait for Command Prompt to open.
  3. Type “ipconfig” in the new window and press enter.
  4. Next to Default Gateway, you will see an IP address, and that’s your default router IP address.

You can also find your router IP address on a Mac:

  1. Go to Utilities → Terminal
  2. Type the following when a new window opens: netstat -nr | grep default
  3. You will see your default IP address next to “default.”

How to Log In Using the IP Address?

To log in to a router using the IP address:

  1. Open a web browser, type in, and hit enter on your keyboard.
  1. A login screen will appear, prompting you to input the admin login and password combination.

  • In most cases, the combination is admin/admin. If that doesn’t work, don’t despair because there’s a strong chance that the correct combination will be printed on a sticker located on the bottom side of your router.

  • If you still can’t find it, check the list of common login and password combinations below.

  1. That’s all! Now you should be able to change router settings and configure your local wireless network.

Modern routers let you change many different settings, and it’s easy to mess things up by choosing the wrong option. If you accidentally disable your wireless network or lose access to your router, you can always go back to default settings by performing a hard reset.

  1. Locate the Restore Factory Settings or Reset button on the back of your router.
  2. Press and hold the Restore Factory Settings or Reset button for at least five seconds using a paper clip or similar object.
  3. Release the Restore Factory Settings or Reset button and wait for your router to reboot.

  • You will know that your router has finished rebooting when the Power light stops blinking and your internet-connected devices go back online.

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What if I Don't Know My Login and Password?

If you don’t know your login and password, don’t despair. Router manufacturers tend to reuse just a small handful of login and password combinations, and it won’t take you a long time to try them all.

Login Password
adminttd adminttd
admin n/a
root !root
netman netman
n/a 0
admin epicrouter
n/a n/a
n/a secret
admin admin
root n/a
Manager Friend
user user
admin password
n/a atc123
dsladmin n/a
admin ascend
n/a ascend
root root
admin 1234
Any n/a
cisco cisco
n/a san-fran
n/a admin
n/a epicrouter
user n/a
n/a 1234
n/a year2000
login admin
n/a hs7mwxkk
n/a cisco
n/a connect
admin 0
admin hello
n/a babbit
admin operator
Administrator admin

If you fail to find a single login combination that works, we recommend you contact your internet service provider or manufacturer and ask them for help. Most problem with wireless routers can be easily solved, it’s just that the right solution is not always immediately obvious. You may also want to try asking for help on online forums.


In this article, we’ve explained what makes the IP address so special and provided clear instructions on how you can use the IP address to log into your router even if you didn’t know your login and password.

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