One morning, my girlfriend called: “Honey, I want to change my Belkin router IP into something cool. The old address is hard as hell to remember. Can I?” – Yes, definitely! “It is very easy.” I might add. It only took less than a minute to walk her through all steps.
Honestly, I find it very common, for whatever reasons, that you want to adjust the default IP of Belkin router. Thus, I write this complete guide for your reference.
Now, check it out.
- What Is Router IP Address?
- Why Do You Need to Know Belkin Router IP?
- What Are Quickest Ways to Get Belkin Router IP?
- How to Change Belkin Router IP Address?
- Final Words
What Is Router IP Address?
When you read this line, obviously, you want to change your Belkin Router IP address. It might because some advanced configurations ASK you to do, rather than you really KNOW what the router is and why you should change its IP. As a result, I will begin with an overview of the router’s primary job and the roles of the IP Address.
The main function of a router like Belkin router
As illustrated in the image, the router can be considered as a gateway to pass data traffic back and forth between the Internet and local devices (e.g., PC, laptop, tablet, mobile, etc.). Each of the local networks is assigned with only one IP address. So, what is the router IP address?
Believe it or not:
Most of us do not care about this until there is a request “Please enter your IP” or a security alert “Change your router IP address.”
IP is short for Internet Protocol. Usually, this address is a sequence of numbers separated by dots like 192.168.x.xx. It allows the router to distinguish devices connected and know which to pass the data across. In other words, the two different devices connecting to a given network one time will never have the same IP. Or else, it will result in conflicts and errors.
There are at least two Belkin Router IP addresses you need to know.
The router connects two sides: the Internet & the local network. The IP of local devices can be different, but there is a unique Public IP to access the Internet. Hence, it is also called Internet IP. Thanks to this IP address, the router can forward internet requests to your devices. That way, an email will be delivered to your email address rather than that of someone else.
On the other side of the router – local network, each of your devices is identified by an address called Private IP. This address is unable to reach public internet without a router. It is logical. Communications between local devices must be kept from public exposure. The private IP of a router are different meanwhile they can be the same as others using a different router.
Supposing the internet is available. When you access a URL from your iPhone, a request from your phone is delivered to Belkin router in the form of a Private IP. Via Public IP address, the router then requests the URL from your ISP. In turn, the ISP will send the URL address to the router before the router forwards that URL to your iPhone.
Ranges of Belkin Router IP addresses
The Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA) reserves different sets of blocks for Private IP address. Belkin routers also use these default ranges:
- 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255
- 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255
- 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255
Normal Public IP addresses range from”1…” to “191…” excluding the Private IP address ranges as follows.
You can change Belkin Router IP as you want. I write this post to help you do so. If you are interested, do not miss the next part.
Why Do You Need to Know Belkin Router IP?
As I have already said, people rarely search for their router IP addresses. As long as they can access the internet, it is fine. However, you will want to know your IP to handle these following cases easily:
- Fix “Obtaining IP Address” or “Invalid IP Address” error: One day you try to connect to Wifi, and suddenly it says “Obtaining IP Address.” What can you do to avoid such a frustrating situation? Changing your Belkin router IP to static address like 192.168.1.xxx will help.
- Set many routers under the same IP range, say, for home uses: Private IP addresses of a given router must be different. But those of the two or more routers are possibly shared. For better management purposes, you can change all addresses into a specific IP range.
- Connect another computer quickly with an IP address: Imagine working far from home. You might want to connect with your local devices to either check data or run the software. With some tools and that device’s IP address, you can complete this task in a blink.
- Raise your network security: The internet is convenient, no doubt. If you put your guard down; however, hackers are out there to steal your information. Speaking of the IP address, the vendor usually uses the same settings for its routers. So is Belkin Router IP. It is advised to change default address and login password. Also, avoid setting the router’s IP as same as the modem’s IP address.
- Make something cool: Sometimes you just want to make fun with your IP address. Say, create a personalized IP with your birthday, your lucky numbers, your Instagram serial number,… whatever you want.
What Are Quickest Ways to Get Belkin Router IP?
Before learning how to change your Belkin Router IP, you should know your current one. It might still be the default address, or your father changed it before. In case, you already know all the ways, skip this section.
Find Public IP address
Vendors of Internet services provide Public IP for outside network. Hence, it can be shared among different routers. However, this address changes occasionally. If you do not pay attention, you might run into “Obtaining IP Address” or “Invalid IP Address” error.
There are many online services available to check your router’s Internet IP. They also diagnose underlying issues with your IP address, if any.
Find Private IP address
Speaking of Belkin Router IP, we should care about the Private more than the Public. It is necessary to diagnose connectivity issues of local network and handle cases above. Here come two ways recommended.
- Using online tools like Whatismyip.com. The default address is 192.168.2.1.
- Using the “ipconfig” command in the Command Prompt of Windows. For each window version, the detailed steps might be a bit different.
To begin with, choose the search icon on the Taskbar and type “cmd”. Choose the best match result: Command Prompt.
A window will open accordingly, in which you insert “ipconfig/all” and press the [Enter] key. Please check the Default Gateway line as follow.
Find Belkin Router IP by checking the Default Gateway line.
On PC or laptop, click the search icon on the Charms sidebar. If the device is touchable, you can access the Charms bar and its system commands by swiping from the right edge.
Choose Command Prompt. Enter “ipconfig/all” before selecting [Enter] key.
Command Prompt in the Windown 8
Similarly, you can check Belkin Router IP address in Default Gateway section.
“ipconfig” command in Windown 7
Windows 7/Windows Vista
To check your Belkin Router IP address in Window 7, please choose the Pearl button and type “cmd” or “command prompt” on the search box.
Choose cmd icon on suggested results.
Click “cmd” to check Private IP of the router
On Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” before selecting [Enter] key. The Belkin Router IP address can be found in Default Gateway section.
Check IP address of Belkin Router in Default Gateway
Please navigate Start ⇒ Run ⇒ Enter “cmd” ⇒ OK
Enter”cmd” to check Private IP of the router
Next, enter “ipconfig/all” before selecting [Enter] key on Command Prompt window. You can check Default Gateway as above.
On Mac, choose Apple® icon and click on the System Preferences ⇒ Network.
How to open “ipconfig” command on Macbook
After opening the Network screen, follow Location ⇒ Automatic ⇒ Ethernet and check Router section.
Find Belkin Router IP on OS X®
If you follow all steps above but the router is not responding, please power-cycle the router and re-enter “ipconfig/all”. Then, press the [Enter] key.
Still not working? – I recommend resetting the router.
In the event of invalid Default Gateway address, you had better renew the TCP/IP configurations of your devices.
How to Change Belkin Router IP Address?
Once you get your router IP, you can change it into something cool and easy-to-manage. Here I walk you through 3 easy steps to adjust the IP address of Belkin 1102v1.
Step 1: Log into the router settings page
To get started, go to the Internet and enter the IP address of the Belkin router. Here I search for 192.168.2.1.
On the login page, use your username and password. If you have already logged in, just skip this step.
Login to change Belkin Router IP
Step 2: Change Private IP Address of Belkin F9K1102v1
Once logging in successfully, you will see the Status screen. On the left panel, click on the LAN Settings.
Access LAN Settings page to change Belkin Router IP address
In the IP Address field, enter the new IP address as your wish. I recommend using the Private IP ranges already mentioned above. Here I change the address to 192.168.0.1
Step 3: Apply changes and check the result
Once you complete changing the Belkin Router IP, remember to hit Apply Changes button. Then, you can check the new address by online tools or “ipconfig” command as in section three.
Above is the ultimate guide to find and change the Belkin Router IP address. Hope it is helpful. In fact, keeping the default IP is still fine if there is no request or security alert. However, checking the IP address once in a while is a good practice to find out potential issues. Ask me any questions you have below and I will help you out as soon as possible.