192.168.1.1 is one of the most popular IP addresses today. The reason for this is the fact that some of the leading router manufacturers use this IP as a default IP for their routers. This enables the router owner to easily access the router configuration options and setup and configure its router. Besides being a default IP this IP address is also a private IP which is part of the private IP range starting from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.
If you are not familiar with terms like private IP or default IP, let us give you a short explanation.
Default IP – This is an IP address assigned to router during the production process in the factory. Generally, the routers use a default IP when they are first connected and powered on, which enables the user to log in to the router and have administrative privileges. One additional reason why these IPs are called default is because during the production process every router of the same manufacturer has the same IP. Luckily, this can be changed later.
Private IP – If an IP is part of IP address ranges reserved for private use, it is considered to be a private IP. Devices that have a private IP can't connect directly to the Internet nor can they be accessed from outside the network or the Internet. This is regulated with a NAT device.
If necessary, you can follow the steps we have just described.
Luckily, the answer is YES. Although the IP 192.168.1.1 is the default one built-in in the factory, it can be easily changed in the router configuration settings. All you have to do is to log in to your router by using its default password and in the menu search for Network, and then LAN. When you click the LAN link in the menu you will see MAC Address, IP address and Subnet listed. In the box next to IP address is your router's default IP. Make sure to click the Save button after you make the change. Please note, that when you make this change you will be logged out so you have to log in again.
When you change your IP it is important to see if any other device in your network is already using the IP you are planning to assign to your router. This is important because this IP (192.168.1.1 or another one) can be used only by one device in the network. If, for some reason, two devices in the same network use the same IP, a so called IP conflict will appear and it may result in networking problems and even make you lose your Internet connection.
When you first connect your router you may want to login to its configuration settings and modify them according to your needs. Once you get there you can easily change your default IP, manage network security settings and so on.
In order to log in to your router you will have to know the default IP (192.168.1.1 in your case) and the default username and password. Let's say that you already know your default IP. To login you have to type this IP address in your browser's address bar. And then you will have to enter the default username and password for your router. These details are different according to the brand and model. Below is a list of the most common combinations.
If you have changed and then forgotten your router password you won't be able to recover it. The only thing you can do in this case is to reset your outer to factory settings and then use the default IP 192.168.1.1 and default login details to access the router's configuration settings. The bad thing about resetting your router is that all the changes you have made previously will be erased, so you will have to configure your router all over again.
So, before everything else, try to log into your router with the default login details. Either try some of the combinations given earlier in this article, or look if there is a label on the router having these details printed on. If that doesn't work, a hardware reset is necessary. You can also read our tutorial on How to Reset a Router for more help.
All these usernames and passwords are case sensitive, so be careful when you type them in. If some of these combinations don't work, you can check the manufacturers website and find the default login details for your router model.
Although you use your web browser you don't have to have an Internet connection to log in to your router.