The 192.168.1.1 is the default address for your private Linksys router. If you have just purchased one model from this vendor, it is good advice to login the 192.168.1.1 for the first time setup.
How to login the router admin page with the 192.168.1.1?
Below is the step that you can follow to log in with the 192.168.1.1
- Make sure that you already connect the router to the computer with an ethernet cable. Beware that some routers have the option to connect to the computer via wireless signal but Linksys has already deactivated this option.
- Turn on your router and wait for all the lighting signal to light up on the router interface. Once that is done, open your favorite browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, .etc)
- Type in the https://192.168.1.1 in the search bar or click here http://192.168.1.1. It will take you to the default homepage of your router. But before that, you will have to enter the default username and login password of the router
- How to login the router admin page with the 192.168.1.1?
- What is the default password and username of your specific router?
- The history of the IP 192.168.1.1
- Does your router use the 192.168.1.1 IP address?
- What can you do with 192.168.1.1
- Why can you not log in to the 192.168.1.1?
- How to change the default username and password
- Why would you want to change the password?
- Final note
Now if you are wondering:
What is the default password and username of your specific router?
Do not worry, the list below contains all the most common default password and username of different types of router.
As a rule of thumb, always try “admin” for both username and password on the login prompt. This is the most commonly used for default password and username on your private router.
Or click your router from the list below:
The history of the IP 192.168.1.1
When it was first developed, the IPv4 addresses were categorized under different classes. For example, the address 192.168.1.1 can be separated by the dots into four groups. Each group can be translated into binary-based format number.
The numbers have the range from zero (which in binary would be 00000000); the highest number in a grouping is 255 (or 11111111).
The IP 192.168.1.1 has the binary representation of
11000000 10101000 00000001 | 00000001
The first 3 bits 192.168.1 stands for the network part. The last digit stands for the hosts part.
To understand more about network part, let us take a look at the different network parts that are divided into different classes.
Below is the list of different classes of IP address:
|A||00000000||The first bit is 0, which ranges from 0.0.0.0 to 127.255.255.255. Suitable class is for large networks. It has 8 bits for network and 24 bits for hosts.|
|B||10000000||the first two bits are 10, are in the range of 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168. Suitable class for medium networks . It has 16 bits for network and 16 bits for hosts.|
|C||11000000||The first three bits are 110, are in the range of 192.0.0.0 to 22.214.171.124. Suitable class for smaller networks. It has 24 bits for network and 8 bits for hosts.|
|D||11100000||The first four bits are 1110 are in the range of 254.0.0.0 to 126.96.36.199.|
|E||11110000||The first four bits are 11110, are in the range of 192.0.0.0 to 254.255.255.255. Some addresses are reserved for future usage|
Now you can agree with me that:
The address 192.168.1.1 belongs to the C class (the first three bits are 110, which starts from the range of 192.0.0.0), with the default mask 255.255.255.0.
Furthermore, each IP address has to be unique. That means there cannot be an exact duplicate of any IP address on the entire global network.
Therefore, the address blocks are designed for the private user at one end of the network. Usually, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will govern how each IP address is assigned throughout the network system.
Within the expansion of the internet, more and more websites are created which exhausts the list of IPv4 addresses in a speedy rate.
There are businesses and private domains that do not want to be listed or accessed through the web with the public IP 192.168.1.1.
As a result, it became a critical need for the non-routable IP address for the private network. That is why the RFC uses some specific IP address block across different classes to assign for the private network.
That was when the address 192.168.1.1 was born. It belongs to class C with the range from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.
A majority of commercial and consumer router will choose the default private IP address for their from this same class. Such as 192.168.1.x, or 192.168.0.x. (x is the chosen numbers from 0 to 255)
Does your router use the 192.168.1.1 IP address?
If you purchase a router from Linksys manufacturer, then you will most likely have the 192.168.1.1 as the default router IP address.
Below are all the models from the Linksys. They are mostly produced for private home usage as well as below medium-sized business network.
What can you do with 192.168.1.1
Another reason why you should log in to the default 192.168.1.1 page is to change the default password of your router for security reason.
Moreover, inside the default gateway of your router, you can reconfigure all of these options for your private network. They include DNS, QoS, IP, Proxy, DSL, LAN or WLAN settings, PPPOE, WPS, DHCP, MAC, and other security options.
192.168.1.1 is the primary physical device at the center of your private home network. A router can govern any communication traffic in and outside of your network to the world wide internet.
That also means that some malicious attacker can log into your router without your knowledge. They can steal private and sensitive data from you. They could also upload a virus and dangerous payload into your network and turn it into a bot machine in their botnet.
Why can you not log in to the 192.168.1.1?
Remember above when we discuss the C class private address 192.168.1.1. You need to make sure that you use the router from Linksys and your default gateway uses the 192.168.1.1 standard gateway.
One of the way to figure out which private IP address that your router uses is to open the windows terminal.
To access the windows terminal, press on the search icon (the magnifying glass icon on Windows 10 taskbar) and type in the text “cmd” and press Enter.
The Windows terminal is called up. Now type in “ipconfig.”
You should see what your standard gateway IP address is.
If it still is 192.168.1.1 and you cannot log in to this address. Then you need to reset.
To reset it, there is a physical button on your router that says “reset.” On the Linksys router, this reset button is color coded with red color
Important note: You need to press and hold the reset button for around 10 seconds. While holding, make sure that the POWER led is blinking. It indicates that the router is reset correctly.
After that try to login to your router again using the 192.168.1.1 address
Check the phone line
Another thing to notice is that on your router model, the phone connection line may prevent you to login to the default page. So you can try to disconnect the phone line first and log in to the 192.168.1.1 page again.
If all of the steps above fails, it is essential to call your manufacturer or your ISP for assistance. They can provide you with detailed information to troubleshoot your problem directly over the phone.
Furthermore, they can send any technician down to your place to take a look at your router to make sure all the problem will be fixed.
How to change the default username and password
First, you need to login the admin page of your specific 192.168.1.1 using the default username and password.
Under the admin page 192.168.1.1, the page will have different sections that you can change the default username and password.
The best way to navigate your way around is to type the manufacturer’s name on google to know which brand your device is. And then you can use the manufacturer’s official instruction on their homepage to change the password.
Why would you want to change the password?
The default password on the 192.168.1.1 page is set with the weakest option to exchange for the maximum convenience of being easy to remember.
That is why anyone can log in into it just by guessing. By changing the default password, you will set up the first line of network defense and keep all your private data out of the malicious attempt.
Furthermore, you can enable WPA2 and PSK setting offer secure and encrypted communication for your WIFI network. This is important to prevent your WIFI signal being sniffed on the network (that means the attacker can collect and analyze the data that is sent over the WIFI)
Now you should have all the knowledge involved with the address 192.168.1.1. It is the class C private address to be assigned to most of the popular device.
You can always log in to your default admin page by typing this address on your browser. Then type in the default username and password. Then you have complete control over your entire home network.
You should always change the default password for your router and set up strong security measures for your private WIFI and WLAN.