How to Work With the IP Address

Some routers use this default range for home networks

Illustration of a wireless router and a computer with the IP between them

Lifewire / Marina Li is a private IP address that can be assigned to any device on local networks configured to use this address range. Also, some home broadband routers, including Belkin and D-Link models, have their default IP address set to

This IP address is only needed if you need to either block or access a device that has this IP address assigned to it. For example, since some routers use as their default IP address, you will need to access the router through this address in order to make router changes.

Even routers that use a different default IP address can have their address changed to Administrators might choose if they find it easier to remember than alternatives. However, even though isn't really any different from other addresses, on home networks others have proven much more popular, including and

How to Connect to a Router

When a router is using the IP address on a local network, any device within that network can easily access its console by opening the IP address much like they would any URL:

The page that opens at this address is the portal for accessing the router's settings. You'll be asked for the username and password.

Note that you need to know the admin password for the router itself, which is likely different from the password used to access the wireless network.

A router's default login credentials will be included in its documentation. The default login credentials for D-Link routers is usually admin or nothing at all. If you don't have a D-Link router, you can try a blank password or use admin since most routers are configured that way out of the box.

Client Devices Can Use

Any computer can use if the local network supports addresses in this range. For example, a subnet with starting address would naturally assign addresses in the range to

Client computers do not get better performance or improved security by using the address and range compared to any other private address.

Use the ping utility to determine whether any device on the local network is actively using A router's console also displays the list of addresses it has assigned through DHCP, some of which may belong to devices that are currently offline. is a private IPv4 network address, meaning that it cannot communicate directly with devices outside the network, like websites. However, because is used behind a router, it does work perfectly fine as the IP address for phones, tablets, desktops, printers, and other devices that exist within a home or business network.

Problems Related to

Networks start addressing from, the very first number in this range. However, people can easily mistype or confuse,,, and The wrong IP address adversely affects things like static IP address assignment and DNS settings.

To avoid IP address conflicts, this address must be assigned to only one device per private network. The address should not be assigned to a client if it is already assigned to the router. Similarly, administrators should avoid using as a static IP address when the address is within the router's DHCP address range.