Most of us use routers at homes, offices, etc. for a speedy internet connection, which is now a necessity! Well, routers stand unique because they have 2 IP addresses. An IP address is assigned to each of the ‘Interfaces‘ of the router. One of them is the Wide Area Network (WAN) interface, which faces the external side or the internet. It has a public IP address. Besides this, there is a Local Area Network (LAN) which faces the home network’s computers. It has a private IP address. The IP address is generally used by the manufacturers as the default LAN IP address.

Many times we may have to access the router’s configuration settings to get the username and password of the router. It can be done by the hosted addresses (LAN addresses mentioned above). For the routers belonging to TP-Link, D-Link, Belkin, Billion, Netgear, etc. host addresses are used to obtain the username and the password. Whereas, there are exceptions such as routers made by Billion, Netopia, etc. which have an administrative IP address as IP Admin Login, User and Password

We need to type the IP addresses in the search bar to access the admin page of the routers. But it is of utmost importance that we type the address correctly. The following article shall provide useful information about the IP address and a handy guide to be successfully able the retrieve Forgotten ID and password using the same.

What is IP Address? is the default “private IP address” for most broadband modems and routers. Routers or modems that use this IP address include 2Wire, Aztech, Billion, Motorola, Netopia, SparkLAN, Thomson, and Westell modems for CenturyLink. The aim of using the address is to view the admin panel of your router and do the configuration settings as per your requirement. Besides, you can always use it to modify the default settings of the speed(Mbps), extend the network plans, reboot router, block-unblock websites, etc.

The limitation here is that it is a private address, and hence you can modify only up to a particular range. The changes in the username, password, etc. can only be in a range; otherwise, abdicated websites can be picked up.

How to Login IP Address and Access Your Router Admin Panel

Using the steps mentioned below, you can access the router admin settings and modify them as per your convenience. Here is the chronology of steps:

Step 1: First, connect your computer to the router by a Ethernet Wire/wireless connection.

Step 2: Next, go to any web browser such as Internet Explorer and type the or IP address in the search bar.

Login to Admin

Step 3: You will be asked to enter the username and password. Enter “admin” in both fields since that is the default for most routers.

Step 4: Then, you will be directed to the homepage of firmware settings, and you can set accordingly. Cisco Router Admin Page

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How to Find the Router’s IP Address?

Many times it may happen that may not be the default IP address. It could be, or something else too. It is essential to know the IP address to access the web-based setup page. IP addresses are logical addresses provided by the ISP to provide connectivity to the internet and keep a proper record of it. To find the IP address on different platforms follows the below guide:

For Mac OS

Apple has the best and most realistic GUI.

Step 1: Go-to System Preferences → My networks (contains all WiFi and Bluetooth tethering) → Select the right network → its advanced settings.

Find the Router's IP Address on Mac

Step 2: There you will find a dialogue box, and in the bottom right corner in the IP tab, the IP address will be listed.

For Windows

Step 1: If you are comfortable using the command prompt, then open the command prompt from the start menu.

Step 2: Then type “ipconfig” in your cmd terminal, there you will get a list of information. Search for the default gateway address that is your router’s IP address.

Find the Router's IP Address on Windows

Another way is by using the control panel. Through the control panel:

Step 1: Go to “Network and Internet” → ‘View network status and tasks‘ and the network and sharing center window will crop up.

Step 2: Click on your routers name. A box will open up with the details of your internet connection, Press the ‘details’ tab in that dialog box, and there you will get the IP address of your router written as IPv4 Default gateway address.

Find the Router's IP Address on Windows PC

For iOS

For an updated iOS, Go-To your Settings → WiFi tab → select the network, and a DHCP menu opens up where you will find the IP address of your network.

Find the Router's IP Address on iOS

For Linux

You get an icon of the networks in the notification section. Click on it, and you will get a drop-down menu with a list of several options in it. From this list, click on the ‘Connection Information‘ tab OR to get the IP address of the router directly, Check it in front of the ‘default route‘ tab.

Find the Router's IP Address on Linux

For Chrome OS

For a Chromebook on the right-hand side, there is a notification tab; click on it and find “connected to-.” Click that. You will find your WiFi name, and a dialogue box appears with the network information where you will find the IP address.

Find the Router's IP Address on Chrome OS

For Android

Step 1: For Android devices, we have to take the help of a Third-party app called WiFi analyzer.

Step 2: Install this app from the Play Store. Then go to the App List in the app.

Step 3: This list contains all the devices you are currently connected to. Click on your router, and you will find it’s IP address.

Find the Router's IP Address on Android

Default Address of the Routers for Reference

Router company

Login IP

Amped Wireless
SMC Networks
U.S. Robotics


What To Do If I Forget My Router’s ID Name and Password?

If we forget the user ID and password of the router, we may have to face grave consequences. So to solve such a problem, here are the steps to recover it:

Step 1: At first, reset Router to Factory Settings.

Step 2: To do so, press and hold the reset pin of the router with a needle-like substance for about 10 seconds, and the router will automatically reset itself to the default settings.

Step 3: Next, change the password using administrator privileges.

Step 4: Reset the router using the admin set-up page. You can access this page by entering the IP address in the search bar (process mentioned earlier).

How to Troubleshoot Problem

To fix any router related problems refer below:

Q 1. Your distance from the router?

The traditional range of the WiFi is about 100 meters (while connecting). For connecting to a passive WiFi, it is always advised to be in the range of about 10-30 meters.

Q 2. Check the router’s connectivity to a power source?

It is important that the router is connected to a proper power source. Furthermore, if we want to ensure that the internet connectivity to be speedy and uninterrupted, then make sure that the device is capable of catching signals of the static router. Thus, provides a way to control the configurations as per the requirement. Also, it ensures that the user has right over the specifications and can change details.