You cannot utilize the full potential of your router unless you have access to its administrative console. It lets you change the settings of your router, including the default username and password. In order to access the administrative console, you must follow the steps given below:
First, open your browser and type the IP address, 192.168.1.254.
If it leads to a blank screen, then you have to replace it with http://192.168.1.254.
Do not use www.192.168.1.254.
Second, the default username and password are usually 'username' and 'password.' It is done to ensure smooth first login. But some manufacturers like D-Link don’t do this. Refer to the user guide for your login details.
Enter them and access your administrative console.
Third, replace the default username and password with your custom ones. This step is essential for security purposes. Once you have access to the router's admin panel, you will be able to do what you want, and configure the advanced settings as you wish!
In case the browser shows an error message even after entering the correct username and password, the router might not have connected to the internet. In such cases, you should try the troubleshooting methods listed below
Make sure you properly connect the router to your computer or other devices via ethernet or WiFi
In case the connections are secure, reboot the devices connected to the router. Try unplugging the router and modem. Replug it after a few moments. Wait for 2 minutes before checking again.
Retry after disabling the firewall, if it is turned on.
If these steps don’t work, try factory resetting the router by pressing the reset button on the router.
No matter which network you are accessing the internet from, you have an IP address. It’s the one that shows your location, and it is different for every device.
IP addresses form a unique address that enables data exchange between your device and the rest of the world via the internet. Every device connected online has one. It works similar to our unique postal address, email address, or telephone number that each of us uses to communicate with other people around the world.
However, did you know that your router has a private IP address of its own? Many routers have an IP address of 192.168.1.254. Major brands like LinkSys and Alcatel use routers that have it.
If yours has one, you’re sure to see it when you are resetting your WiFi name, password, or just about any setting.
In a typical home network, the router has its own IP, too (router IP). A specific range of IP addresses has been reserved for private networks such as home networks, Local Area Networks (LAN), Wireless Area Networks (WAN) within an enterprise, and so on. You cannot assign these IP addresses to a publicly accessible website (internet sites). The ranges are:
The IP address is made up of 4 sets of numbers. The first three sets constitute the “Network ID” while the fourth set is the “Device ID”. You separate these by dots or full stops.
For example, in 192.168.1.254, 192.168.1 is the network ID, and 254 is the device ID. So, if you have multiple devices connected to a home network, each will have the same first three sets and a different fourth set. These sets are given to the respective devices by the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) present in the router.
Just like private addresses, there exist public addresses, too. All the devices that are connected to a network share a public address, which is visible to the external network. The router translates private address to a public address while communicating with an external network and converts public address to private when communicating back with the devices within its network. This process is called Network Address Translation (NAT).
192.168.1.254 is a private IP address, and hence, you cannot access a device in this network from the internet. However, devices connected to the network can access each other seamlessly.
Now, you may wonder what the difference is between the two. A closer look though will tell you that instead of “1” in the second one, we used an “i”. Unfortunately, IP addresses are only made up of numbers. So, any alphabets that you include in it cannot be made sense of by the network.
A simple misspelling could mean that you aren’t able to solve your issue. You don’t want that.
Apart from famous router makers, you also have several other manufacturers using this IP address as the default one for their devices. These include the likes of AboCom, OvisLink, MSI, LoopComm, and CC&C. They use it as default IP address in their broadband routers and modems.
First, check whether the internet connection is working by directly connecting the ethernet/ISP cable to your laptop or computer.
Second, unbox the router and take out the user guide/manual along with the router. The manual should contain the username and password for the default IP address.
Third, connect the router to the power source and let it boot. It may take some time. A green light should blink when it is ready to be used.
Fourth, connect the ethernet/ broadband/ DSL modem/ ISP gateway cable to the router.