Like any IP address of the form 192.168.x.y, 192.168.1.1 is a private IPv4 address. Devices on different networks can have this same IP address, but only one device on an internal network can have it.
Typically, this is the address of routers manufactured for home use by companies such as Linksys. Note that a router actually has at least two IP addresses visible to other devices: one for devices within the network and the other for the Internet.
Configuring your Router through 192.168.1.1
You can visit http://192.168.1.1 to access your router’s configuration software through your computer’s browser. Your connection to the router could be wired or wireless, although it is recommendable to be wired if you’re a novice.
You may now be prompted for a username and password. For Linksys, the default username and password are “admin.” In some firmware versions, the username is blank. For other models, try using “admin”-<blank> or “admin”-“password”.
Note that you can always change the router’s IP address from its default.
Cannot Connect to 192.168.1.1?
If you cannot connect to 192.168.1.1, try looking up the following suggested solutions.
- Make sure that the IP address of your computer is 192.168.1.x (where x is between 2 to 255). To do this in Windows, right click on Network (in the Start menu) and choose Properties. Now, choose “View Status” of your LAN connection. Go to “Properties” and then click “Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4)” and click the Properties button. You can choose to obtain an IP address automatically (i.e. through DHCP), or you can assign an appropriate, unique IP address. For example, you can choose 192.168.1.2 as the IP address, if it has not been already assigned on the network. Leave the Subnet mask at 255.255.255.0 and type in 192.168.1.1 for the Default gateway.
- If you think the IP address of the router has been changed, try one of the following:
- Find out the address of the default gateway. In Windows, open the command line by going to Start->Run. Type in “ipconfig” and press Enter. Try visiting the address listed for “Default Gateway” using your browser to get to your router’s Web interface.
- Reset your router using the reset button. You should keep the button pressed for about 30 seconds (while powered on) until it restarts. Now, switch off the power supply and switch it on again. This will cause your router to reset the IP address as well as all other settings.
- The router’s default IP address could be something other than 192.168.1.1, such as 192.168.2.1. Check the router’s manual or website.