It is a private IP address that operates within a private network and can be used by networking devices such as modems, routers, DVRs, and Webcams. It is a reserved IP address and contains information that is limited the fact that they exist primarily on the private networks.

The owner information is not always associated with every IP address. The IP address can be categorized as Reserved, Private or Internal IP addresses. Some of the router models that use the IP address include Netgear, Asus, Cisco, Linksys, TP-Link, and D-Link. It falls in Class C of the IP addresses. These are just a few as several other routers make use of this range of IP addresses.

The reason why private networks exist is that they maintain the local traffic within the business or at home. Some of the private uses of the IP address include local communications, testing, service providers, future applications and broadcast messages. Some people would hide their IP addresses to secure their private networks and applications. They can be used to track an individual to their location. You can also choose to hide your IP address for security reasons to avoid sites and hackers accessing your privacy.

Logging in to your router using the IP address

Several configurations can be executed in the user interface to alter the performance of the router. Since you have the Internet Protocol address, you will open your web browser and paste the link http:// in the URL text field.

Ensure that the IP address is in the correct format before you click the ‘Enter’ button.

You will be directed to a prompt window requesting you to enter your login credentials. If you have never changed the settings before, then you will enter your default username and password.

A successful login will open the home screen to your router. You can perform multiple actions while in your router’s interface such as altering the network and security settings. If you change your password, you will need to use the new passphrase by logging in to your router’s administrative panel.

What if I forgot my password?

There is a point in time where people forget their passwords since it’s a while since they accessed their routers. If it was still in the default settings, you can check the manufacturer’s website or contact your Internet Service Provider for more assistance. In a situation where you had altered your password, you will need to perform a hard reset which restores your router to the default settings.

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