private IP address is only used within the private networks and can be used to access the user interface of networking devices. Some of these devices include the modems, routers, DVRs and Webcams. The IP address is defined in the RFC 1918 standard protocols.

It falls in the Internet Protocol class range of to, and most of the home networks use the address that lies in this category. It cannot be accessed from external networks but within the private networks. They do not need to be unique, unlike the public IP addresses. Logging in to your router requires a particular IP address that will initiate the login process.

Logging in to your router using the IP address

The administrative panel is the most sensitive part of your router interface since it allows you to alter some configurations according to your specifications. There are few steps you need to follow to gain access to your router’s interface.

  • Since you have your IP address, you will open your web browser and paste the link as in the URL text field. Hit the ‘Enter’ button to proceed to the next step.
  • A new window will appear requiring you to enter your default username and password. If you had altered the factory settings, you would use your new login credentials to access your router’s interface.
  • Confirm that you have entered your username and passphrase correctly before clicking on the ‘login’ button.
  • It should direct you to your router’s administrative panel where you can access several settings or configurations. While in the user interface, several settings such as network configurations and security settings can be altered to suit your preferences.

If you decide to change your password, it is important to write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a safer place. It will be easier to recall in future when you need it.

What if I have forgotten my password?

You may start the login procedure correctly by typing in the IP address in your browser’s address bar. It then occurs to you that you have forgotten your password while attempting to log in to your router’s interface. If they were still in the default settings, you can search your manufacturer’s website or contact the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more assistance.

In a situation where you had altered the settings and changed your router’s password, then the only option is to factory reset the networking device. It involves pressing and holding the reset button for about fifteen seconds before releasing the hold. This procedure will restore your router to the default settings. The next time you need to log in to your router’s interface, you will use the default username and password.

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