Most of you must have heard about terms as IP Address and routers, and most us use routers nowadays either in homes or offices etc. but do we actually know what IP Address really means? How do they work or how does an IP address and router work together? How IP addresses are assigned to every single device we use? Let us break it down for you.
IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address, these are assigned to each and every device we use to connect to internet. On the other hand, routers are the devices that forwards data between computer networks or we can say that it sends and receive data packets such as web page, email, or other websites etc. between different computer networks using their unique IP address they are assigned with.
If as a user you are not fully aware of what IP addresses are or what routers are and you want to know about their various features or their functions this article is surely going to help you. In this article we are going to tell you about basic concepts one can learn about routers and IP address.
What is 192.168.1.1?
192.168.1.1 is an IP Address which is assigned as private by IANA i.e., Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Being a private address means that 192.168.1.1 is bound to be used as default address in private/local or home networks.
192.168.1.1 is used as the default local address for routers and modems manufactured by broadband companies such as Siemens, Actiontec, Windstream, Frontier FIOS Standard routers or Globe Broadband routers etc.
Features of 192.168.1.1 Default IP Address
192.168.1.1 is a private default IP address mostly used in local and home network but still, have some features user might want to look out for:
- Although its bound to use under local or home network only, but it still can be used easily on any routers/modems or IOTs such as webcams, DVRs etc.
- The information or data packets between different computer networks flows smoothly and more easily without having to face no disturbances or less and less disturbances, letting you complete/finish all your tasks without any additional stitches.
- It is also used under some industrial network too as a public IP address.
How to Login 192.168.1.1 Admin
Logging in your router/ or router’s IP address can be performed easily and once you have successfully logged in to your router’s IP address, it lets you to change your router’s default configuration if you want any to change. But before you log in to your router’s IP address make sure, that the device you are using is connected properly to the network of your or server. Now you just need to follow the steps given below to log in 192.168.1.1 Admin panel:
Step1. Connect your device to your router network and then open web browser of your choice.
Step2. Next, type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar without adding .com or .net as suffix at the end and then press enter button.
Step 3. You will see a new window prompt window popping up on your device’s screen. You will be required to type in your login credentials i.e., your current username and password and then press login/enter/OK button.
Finally, once the process of logging in 192.168.1.1 IP Address is done you will be redirected to a new tab allowing you to access your router’s available settings. You can perform various functions once you have successfully logged in to 192.168.1.1 IP Address like changing password, improving security settings or changing IP Address etc.
How to Find your Router’s IP Address?
If somehow you forget your router’s IP address or you don’t know what is your router’s IP address, there is nothing to worry about. You might have noticed that most of the routers we use typically for home and local network have IP Address starts from 192.168, where the last digits ranging from 1 to 255. You can simply check your router’s bottom or back for its IP Address and you can also look into the manufacturers documentation to find out your router’s IP Address.
However, if you still can not find your router’s IP Address, you can find it by following few steps provided here with:
In Window OS Devices:
Step 1. Switch on your device or computer and then click on the Start button or window button.
Step 2. Next, in the search box type cmd or command prompt. Once you see the command prompt option, select it to go further.
Step 3. A new command window will open up on your computer/device screen, next type ipconfig and hit the enter button.
Step 4. Finally, you will be redirected to a new window, where you could see your router’s IP Address mentioned next to Default Gateway.
In Mac OS Devices
Step 1. Switch on your Mac OS device and then open System Preferences > Network Tab.
Step 2. Check if your network is in connected state, you will see a green dot in the left-hand bar which means it is connected.
Step 3. Next, click on the connected button or icon to check the information, underneath of which you will see your router’s IP address mentioned next to router.
How to Change your Router’s IP Address?
IP addresses are not just a set of few numbers assigned to your devices but they constitute a lot of maths and works accordingly as per user wants it to. Each router that its company manufactures is assigned with its unique IP address however, it can be easily changed with the help administrative panel of that IP address.
But the question arises, “Why anyone would change it?” The reason can be that the person has two routers of same company with same IP address and to cut the confusion between two, the user wants to change the IP address of either one or the user want to remove any location arising restriction or etc. Simple steps to change your router’s IP Address are given below:
Step 1. Switch on your computer and connect it to your router’s network.
Step 2. Next, login to your current or default IP Address. After you have successfully logged in go to the LAN Settings (you will find the icon on top of the window prompt).
Step 3. Next, you will see a window panel with LAN Host Settings and DHCP Settings. After then type in new IP Address you want to assign to your router and press submit button or save settings button.
When you have done the steps mentioned above, wait at-least for 30 to 60 seconds, giving time to all settings of router to restart. Don’t forget to disconnect all the devices and then reconnecting them again to your router’s network.
Finally, with this we come to an end to this article let us do a quick recap. An IP Address is the integral part of routers that together sends and receives data packets between different computer networks/ devices we use.
192.168.1.1 is used as a default IP Address for various router models and is a private IP Address that can be used only in local or home networks. Where as there are other IP Addresses which are more common such 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.0.1.