Like 192.168.1.1, 192.168.2.1 belongs to the range of private IPv4 addresses with the first two octets as 192.168. Private means these appear only internally within a network and cannot appear on the Internet publicly.
Routers use NAT (Network Address Translation) to intelligently route incoming packets from the Internet to the right machine. The router itself has a public IP address leased by the Internet Service Provider. This public IP address is also the address by which computers within the network are identified when accessing the Internet.
192.168.2.1 as a Router’s Default IP Address
192.168.2.1 is the default IP address for many routers and other network devices, including those manufactured by Belkin. For these routers, you can use http://192.168.2.1 to set up functions such as PPPoE (to connect to your ISP automatically), firewall settings, and port forwarding on the router’s firmware.
After typing in http://192.168.2.1 in your browser, you’ll be asked for a username and password. Here are some common ones to try if you’ve lost your manual:
- Administrator, (blank) [default for Belkin routers];
- admin, admin;
- admin, (blank);
- admin, password; and
- (blank), admin.
Cannot Connect to 192.168.2.1?
- Make sure that the IP address of your computer is 192.168.2.x, with x in the range of 2-255. To do this in Windows, right click My Network Places and choose Properties. Now, right click the LAN connection and choose Properties again. Click “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and then click the Properties button. You can choose to obtain an IP address automatically, or you could assign an appropriate, unique IP address. For example, you can choose 192.168.2.2 as the IP address, if it has not been already assigned on the network. Choose 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet mask and 192.168.2.1 for the Default gateway.
- Someone might have changed the router’s IP address. 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. Visit the address listed for “Default Gateway” using your browser to get to your router.
- Reset your router using the reset button. For Belkin routers, press and hold the button for exactly 7 seconds. This will cause your router to restore all settings to the factory defaults.
- The router IP address could be different from 192.168.2.1, such as 192.168.1.1. Check the router’s manual.