IP Address

(If you regularly use the internet, the most feasible option is to get a Wi-Fi router of your own at home. And if you already do have one, you probably have it all set-up and working. But you would be in for a surprise when you realize that the network you have preset is not all that ideal as it seems. router setup can be a tricky thing if you do not understand the working of it. The open Wi-Fi networks that you may have come across while walking by a random house could in fact be the case with you. The password and security if not set up on your router already could pose a threat to your system’s security in addition to being used by anybody at random.
So if you wish to make any changes in the settings of your router, you can do that by logging in to login. Or even if things are working well with your router, you might want to keep the ID handy, since the default IP Address is unique to your router.
Making changes in the settings of your router is not as difficult or complicated as you might think. Here is a little guide to help you through the process, should you ever require making any kind of changes.

  • connect to the internet

    Ensure that you have a device available that is capable of being connected to the internet, more specifically, your router. If you have an Ethernet connection, ensure that your PC or laptop can be connected to the wired Ethernet, or in the case of a wireless router, your smartphone would work perfectly well too.

  • open up the web browsing engine

    Get your device connected to the router or internet and open up the web browsing engine of your choice. Now enter default IP address in the search bar and enter.

  • enter your router credentials

    Once you have successfully entered, the browser will then take you to the login page where you are required to enter your router credentials like user id and password to access the settings page. This user id and password have probably already been created for you by the person who initially helped you set up your router and Wi-Fi connection.

In the case that you do not already know your login credentials and have never changed them before, you can find the original credentials for your router at its base. If not, you can also check for them on the website of the router manufacturer. If you already knew the credential details, and have changed them earlier but do not seem to remember the same, you can set a new id and password by clicking on factory reset in the settings option of the menu of your router page. However, it is pertinent to note that, should you factory reset your router you will also be losing any kind of changes you had previously made to the router. Factory reset will make the router as it was when you first set it up, with no customized settings available on it. How-tos

Once you have successfully entered the credentials and landed on the admin page, here is where you will be able to make any necessary changes in the settings of your router per your liking. The above steps were to help you gain access to the admin page.

How to Configure your router with

When you go to the router admin page, you might find it a little confusing or overwhelming since it is generally full of technical terms and numbers which can come across as tough to understand. But once you change the login credentials per the steps above, you will get the hang of it.

Here below are the steps to help you configure your router with

  • Firstly, you must be successfully able to access the page. Once you access it, look for the general settings menu amongst the list of options you have available there.
  • Click on the router password in the drop-down menu
  • Put in the password you wish to. Ensure that your password is easily remembered by you while also being a secure one and not one that can be easily cracked by an outsider.
  • Remember to save the changes you have made.

You can also change your username for the router on the page if you would like to, by going to the general settings menu.

How to change your local IP Address

Popular to the contrary of what many people understand, you can also actually change the local IP Address of your router. Every router has two IP addresses and you can change the local address on your own. In case you do choose to change the IP Address, ensure that you carefully note the change you make since you will further need to log in to your network using the changed IP Address.

  1. First, go to the admin page of your router by following the steps mentioned above. Click on the tab named as the general settings menu.
  2. Next, click on Network Settings
  3. Within the tab for network settings, you will also find one that says Router Settings, which is where you are required to enter your IP Address.
  4. Once you have entered the new IP Address which you wish to have, save the changes and note the new address for reference later.

How to change the name and password of your Wi-Fi network

There are a lot of settings identified with your router that you can even begin to explore, however you may likewise wish to change your Wi-Fi network settings. The SSID or the Service Set Identifier is the name of your Wi-Fi network. If you wish to change this, you would find it easy to do so by following these steps:

  • Click on the “General Settings” menu
  • Proceed to click on the “Wireless Settings” option
  • Decide a name for your Wi-Fi network which will be visible to anyone around your vicinity and enter it in the SSID blank field.
  • Do not forget to save the changes you have just made.

If you also wish to make changes to your Wi-Fi password, you can do so by clicking on the option which is given in the same SSID menu. All you need to do is click on the Wi-Fi Network password field and enter the password you wish to change to.
This was all about changing the login credentials of your router. Doing this has now made your Wi-Fi network secure and far out of reach from being used by random people or accessed by hackers. Once you have secured your internet, you can go on to explore more about the settings in your router and make any desired changes to it. For instance, you can get started by making changes to parental controls for safer net browsing by your kids or even work with some network optimization.

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The general IP address is a local one which is also private. All the smart devices connected to the network will show the IP address while making data transactions on the internet.
However, like mentioned earlier about the router having two IP addresses, the other one is a public address that is visible to the browsed websites on your device, the router, and any end-user destination of data and information transaction.

Finding your IP Address

Even if you do not have your IP address as, it sure is a pretty common one as a private address. In case you do not seem to have this one, you can find out yours by looking for a similar model of a router as yours and you would instantly know your router’s default IP address. Better so, you could even find the private IP address for your router mentioned in the User Manual that may have come in with your new router.
However, if you are unable to use any of the mentioned methods, you still have nothing to worry about, since you can look for the IP address by using your own computer, and here is a guide to it.

For Microsoft Windows:
  • Look for the network icon which is available at the bottom right part of your computer screen.
  • Next, click on the Wi-Fi network which is being used by you for accessing the internet.
  • When you select the Wi-Fi network, you will be able to see a bunch of information altogether. One amongst these will be IPv4, with some numerical chain next to it which would be identical to http //, which is nothing but your private IP Address.
For Mac OS X:
  • When you go to the Apple menu, click on the tab which says Titled System Preferences
  • Find and select the network being used by you for accessing the internet.
Right next to where “Router” is mentioned, is your IP Address easily available.

Also, you do not have to worry about your IP address changing on its own since that will happen only if you manually change it by following the steps mentioned earlier. And if you do not see a matching private IP address as to, or even like the default IP address mentioned on the User Manual of your router, it is probably because it has been changed by someone with access to your Wi-Fi. In case that happens, you can always factory reset your router and make any necessary changes in the User ID and password to prevent any further tampering with it.
Here is a list of some router passwords which vary from one brand to another. This list will come in handy for you to know what the initial or default User ID and Password for your router is, when you first set it up.

list of some router passwords
Brand Username Password
4ipnet Admin Admin
AboCom Admin admin or password
Accton Root none
Acelink Admin Admin
Actiontec Admin password
Adb Admin admin or password
AddTron Root none
Airlink+ Admin Admin
AT&T Uverse Refer to sticker Refer to sticker
Apple Airport empty public
ASUS Admin Admin
Arris Admin password
Belkin blank blank
CenturyLink Zyxel admin motorola
Cellspot Admin password
cisco (cisco) cisco
D-link admin empty
netgear Admin password
netgear Admin 1234
TP-link Admin admin
Linksys admin empty
Ubiquiti udnt udnt
Ubee user user
XFINITY from Comcas admin password
Zero One Technology Admin 0000
Zonet guest guest
Zoom admin admin or zoomadsl
ZTE admin admin
ZyXEL admin admin or 1234

Private vs. Public IP Addresses

As mentioned earlier, every router has two IP addresses, one being a private one while the other, a public one. would always be a private IP address of your network. However, with your public IP Address, you will not really be able to make any change to it since it would already be provided to you by your Internet Service Provider.
This public IP address of your network does not share the same numbers or number pattern as your private IP Address.
The public address is also one which connects your device to the internet and sends your browsing information to the websites you visit. This information is then enhanced to send back the requested information by you on that particular website. For example, when you search for something on Google, your Public IP address is sent to it which then fetches the information you asked for and sends it back to you as your search results.

Note:unique public IP addresses

One pertinent thing to note would be that when you are connected to the internet using a public IP address, the latter belongs to you only while you stay connected to the internet and then may pass on to any other user once you disconnect. This happens because the public IP addresses need to be unique for each user and not changing them on a per-use basis would make it difficult to have unique public IP addresses for all the users of the internet in the world. However, you can also have a permanent public IP address that would not change and it is called a Static IP address. This is generally provided to those websites and cloud servers that are continuously required to be online.
A public IP address is capable of revealing the location of its user, and is, therefore, a matter of some concern at times. But, if you use a VPN service, you can very well hide your IP address from the websites and thus keep the danger of hacking away. While you may need to get this VPN service separately at times, some routers also come with a built-in VPN, thus providing you with secure access to the internet.