Managing your router is not easy. Usually, you will leave the gadget sitting thereafter purchase and setting a password. However, there will be a time you need to change the setting of your router based on your needs.
While there are almost no ways to change using the hardware itself, you can still finish the deed using the IP Address provided by the manufacturer. Here is one of the standard IP Address is used to access into the router, 192.168.15.1.
What is an IP Address?
An IP Address is a set of digits assigned to each device that connected to the Internet. Each IP Address is unique for each device and won’t be duplicated. However, that is your public IP Address, the IP Address you need to use to access your router is another type, a private IP Address.
So what is the difference?
Your device, mostly a server, will have a public IP Address if it connects directly to the Internet. On the other hand, devices connected through a router will be provided with a private one, and usually based on the brand of the router. For example, 192.168.15.1 is a private IP Address.
What is 192.168.15.1 IP Address?
It is one of many commonly used default private IP for a router, usually D-Link (VWR-VR), Linksys (WRT54GP2, WRP400, RT31P2), Gemtek, Sweex (LW150, LW908), Clear, and Motorola (CPEi25725). There are others too but let focus on this one.
You can do many things ranging from changing the password (admin or wifi), change the setting, adding new features, etc.
How to enter the page?
The process itself is very easy, just type the IP Address into any web browser and you will be good to go. However, it only works with a certain number of router; other brands use other default gateways, like 192.168.1.1 or something similar.
After that, you will be brought to a login page. If you haven’t touched the setting, the ID and password should be in the default state. Each brand has a different default ID and password, and you can search them through Google or come here “https://proprivacy.com/guides/default-router-login-details”. Enter the username and password, and you are in the router setting page.
How to change the Wifi password?
When you first buy the router, a specialist should have set the password for you. But after a certain amount of time, you will need to change the password to a new one.
You should already know how to enter the router page, do that step first. Then search for Wireless or Wi-Fi setting, it should be pretty easy to look for them.
Find the place to change your Wifi password, type in a new password, and confirm. You can also change your Wifi name in that area if you wish.
How to change admin password?
This procedure is critical since the default password, and username of your router can be quickly figured out. People can access your router setting and tamper with it, which can be dangerous. The only thing you can do is do a factory reset if you cannot log in into the router page anymore.
Look for “WPA/PSK encryption settings” and select it, you should notice a password with a greyed-out feature. There ought to be a change password button around there, find it then make a different password for your router.
Useful information: Find router username and password without resetting
Please note that the password should be simple for you to remember and hard to crack. If you somehow to forgot the password, you can …
… Reset the router to the factory setting
As we already mentioned a little before, this step will turn every configuration you made to the default state when the router comes out from the factory. Some later models have a different way to reset, but most of them go like this:
First, you have to turn off the router. Find something pointy, like a toothpick or a needle, to poke into a hole with a reset label on it. Then, hold it for around 10 to 15 seconds (can be longer if necessary) until the router turns on. Your router should be in factory setting after rebooting.
What to do if you cannot access the router page?
If you somehow cannot go into the page with 192.168.15.1 on the web browser, your router model probably is a different brand and use another IP Address to log in.
While we cannot list everything here, some of those are pretty common. Below is an IP Address list of several models.
|Router Brand||Login IP||Username||Password|
|US Robotics router||192.168.1.1||admin||admin|
If your model is not listed here, you have to search for yourself on the Internet, but they should be similar. Moreover, if you haven’t taken off any sticker on the router, there should be some information about these provided by the manufacturer.
Another reason is that your IP Address on the computer and the router are conflicted with each other, as they should be unique. You either run a debug on your device for it to automatically assign another IP Address or…
…Change the IP Address of the router
First of all, you need to get into the login dashboard as usual, provided you can or use another device. On the LAN tab, you will notice a configure IP option, select it. After that, you need to type a new IP Address other than 192.168.15.1, it can be anything as long as it in this format, 192.168.15.x, and x being range from 0 to 255.
Then finalize it, and you can use the new IP Address instead of the old one.
Now that you know all the essential stuff about 192.168.15.1, you can begin some advance setting that could be useful in managing your network.
1. Blocking access for other devices
This procedure can be helpful if you don’t wish to share bandwidth with your neighbour and do not want to change your Wi-Fi password. Provided that you know their MAC Address, you can block them right out with no issue.
To begin, you need to login into the router web page as usual. Then search for either “Network Filter” or “MAC Address filter” in the Advanced tab, depending on the router model.
There should be an option to choose either blocking or allowing only the following devices. If you wish to block then select block option.
Type or copy the MAC Address on the devices you wish to block in the list. Select “Save setting”, and you are done.
In case you don’t know the MAC Address of your neighbour, you can find them on DHCP Client List if they are currently connected to your network.
2. Sharing files and media over the network
While the Wi-Fi network is the mainstream router nowadays, cable models can do it if there are multiple devices connect to it.
You can share your files, be it videos, pictures, documents, etc., with anyone that connected to your network. “Anyone” here also including outsider that has access to your Wi-Fi, so be careful.
The procedure is pretty straightforward, select one or multiple files you want to share and click on the “Share with” button. You will see that you can set them to read-only (No editing) or free-to-do over the Homegroup. You can also share them with specific devices, which is much safer and less risk in leaking data.
Finalize the setting and if your computer asks for admin password, type them down (provided you set one up).
For people who wish to access the files, go to homegroup network and click on your username, you will see the folder that is shared on the network. From here, you can do as you wish to the files if you got permission.
3. Open a guest network
If you are hosting a party or something similar and want to share Wi-Fi with all the guests, but also don’t want to risk your privacy being leak and your bandwidth got eaten, you can set up a network that is exclusive for guest. Some old model probably won’t have this option. If you are using one, you can skip this.
First, log in to the router page as per usual. Then search for Guest Zone in the Wi-Fi setting; it will differ for each model. Next, you will want to enable it and give it a name, like GuestWi-Fi or something. After that, you can create the password or forgo it entirely since you are sharing.
This step is important. You must set the “Internet Access Only” option on. It will prevent anyone from seeing your file, any devices connected on your network but still allowing them to access the Internet.
Then finalize the setting. You will see a new Wi-Fi option that is available for guests. Now you don’t have to worry about your privacy being leaked any longer.
Now we will discuss further the solution in the case that 192.168.15.1 does not work or its admin page seems to be unable to load.
For this above-mentioned situation, you should check whether the IP address was typed correctly with the private source of your router. If its admin page is not loading, it properly comes from some connection problems between your router and you.
What should we do to overcome it? We recommend that you establish one physical connection directly to your router via the Ethernet cable. Then, try again and see the positive result.
It is similar to do refreshing for some interrupted websites and applications, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.
If the above IP address does not work, the opportunities can be the way your router uses a different IP address in private. To find further details, check it out:
Firstly, go to your “Start” menu then, type “cmd”.
Next, type “ipconfig” before press Enter.
You will realize the 192.168.15.1 IP address right next to the Default Gateway.
To sum up, in all sections, it may take several simple steps and log in a router via an IP address named 192.168.15.1. However, there are common restrictions which may make things more complicated for you. Luckily, we already show you a lot of tips and you now know the best way to solve them.
Wrong Password or Admin Username can be the top restriction occurred for this route. Perhaps the common reason led people unable to successfully log in can be they do not have the correct password and admin username.
Most routers own the default password and username combination printed directly on a bottom sticker so check it before you start.
Also, there are certain default password and username combinations that you may try before contacting and asking for help from the manufacturer of this router:
192.168.15.1 is just one of many private IP Address that mostly used by the router. You can use that IP Address to access into the router setting and make changes in it.
While there are many things mentioned here, you can search for some other minor utilities. Those probably are for veteran, and you need to understand the basic to configure them.
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