The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) oversees the allocation of IP addresses to global websites. However, they have set aside some private IP addresses to be used locally to avoid IPV4 exhaustion and limit IP conflicts among internet devices.
One such address used by modern routers is 192.168.3.1 — it’s the default gateway for many internet devices, allowing users to access the settings page to make changes.
This section will help you log in to your router’s administrative console via 192.168.3.1.
If you are sure that your router’s IP is 192.168.3.1, you are good to go. But if you are doubtful, check underneath the device or the box it came in to confirm the IP.
If the address is not there, use the ipconfig option to check the IP address. Open Command Prompt from the Start Menu, enter ipconfig and hit enter, now scroll down to Local Area Connection, and within it, you will find the IP address labeled as Default Gateway.
Now that you know your IP, it is possible to log in to the admin panel of your website.
Here’s how to do that:
- Make sure your PC, laptop or smartphone is connected locally to the 192.168.3.1-based router
- Open the browser
- If the IP is correct, a router login page will load up
- Use the default username and password to log in. It could be admin or root – or may even be left blank. However, if none of these options work, do a quick internet search to find the default credentials.
Once you have access to the router dashboard, you can:
- Change username and password of the router login page and Wi-Fi connection
- Tighten or loosen security protocols
- Change the domain name server from 192.168.3.1 to another private IP address
- Monitor all router activity
- Implement instructions sent by your ISP, etc.
Though this IP isn’t commonly used for this purpose, some routers from Zyxel, Huawei, and Amped Wireless have their default gateways set to 192.168.3.1, http://192.168.3.1, or https://19aa184.108.40.206.
If you are having trouble logging in or can’t reach the login page, here is what you should do:
Make sure the router and the device in question are on the same network.
Enter the correct IP, i.e., 192.168.3.1, http://192.168.3.1, or https://192.168.3.1 — some people may end up using small case L, upper-case I, or | instead of one.
If the default password has been changed and you have no knowledge of what it is – do a hard reset – press and hold the reset button on the router. Now you can log in using the original credentials of the device.
If the entered URL reverts with an error page – Use a different browser or delete the cookies and cache.
If nothing works — get the LAN router checked by an expert.