Every router, irrespective of type, manufacturer or brand, comes with 2 IP addresses: one public IP address (WAN) and one private IP address (LAN). The public address is the one used when you (or other users) need to access the internet from the outside world while the private IP address is what all devices in your home network will use to access the internet.
Private IP address is also known as Local or Gateway IP address and it is through this address that you can configure your router settings, make network connectivity modifications, set up a new router, or troubleshoot a home network problem. However, while all routers have private addresses, they usually come with different default addresses through which users can use to log in to the router’s administrator console.
To gain access to your router’s admin console, simply type in your router’s default private/local/gateway IP address into your web browser, enter the router’s default username and password and log in.
How to know your router’s Admin IP Address
When you purchase a new router, you’ll need to know the default private IP address of the device to set it up, modify the SSID, change the password,
- Check the bottom of the router.
- Alternatively, you can check the package/box of the router.
- If it is a Mobile WiFi (MiFi) with a removable back cover, remove the cover and you should see the router’s admin IP address
- Check the manufacturer’s website or documentation.
- Google search the model of your router and you should see the admin IP address in the search results page.
Some Common Router Admin IP Addresses
Different manufacturer’s and ISPs use different private IP addresses for their routers. Despite the difference in admin IP addresses though, they all fall within the private IP address ranges — i.e 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255, 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255, or 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255. Any IP address outside
- 192.168.0.227 — commonly used by Netgear routers
- 192.168.1.1 — commonly used by Linksys.
- 192.168.10.1 — 3Com and Motorola
- 192.168.62.1 — Motorola
- 192.168.1.99 — Linksys
- 192.168.1.200 — commonly used by Hawking
- 192.168.8.1 — commonly used by Huawei
- 10.0.0.138 — commonly used by 2Wire
- 10.0.1.1 — Apple
- 10.0.0.2 & 10.0.0.1 — Cisco & D-Link
If after entering an IP address into your web browser and you get an error message, it means that your router is not set up to use the address. Failure to log in to the router’s administrator console after typing in an IP address could also be as a result of unresponsiveness of router to connections via the browser or failure of your device (computer or smartphone) to join the network.