How to Work With the IP Address

Some routers use this default range for home networks

What to Know

  • To connect to a router, go to in the address bar of a web browser and enter the username and password.
  • Any computer can use if the local network supports addresses in this range.

This article explains how the IP address is used, how to connect to a router with the IP address and problems related to it.

Illustration of a wireless router and a computer with the IP between them
Lifewire / Marina Li

When the IP Address is Used

This IP address is only needed to either block or access a device with this IP address assigned to it. For example, since some routers use as the default IP address, access the router through this address to make router changes. is a private IP address that can be assigned to any device on local networks configured to use this address range. Some home broadband routers, including Belkin and D-Link models, have their default IP address set to

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

How to Connect to a Router

When a router uses the IP address on a local network, any device within that network can access its console by opening the IP address much like any URL. Open a web browser and enter in the address bar.

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

You'll need the router's admin password, which is different from the password used to access the wireless network.

The router default login credentials are included in the router 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, use 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 a starting address of would assign addresses in the range to

Client computers do not get better performance or improved security using the address and range than other private addresses.

Use the ping utility to determine whether any device on the local network is actively using The router console also displays the list of addresses the router 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, such as websites. However, because is used behind a router, it works as the IP address for phones, tablets, desktops, printers, and other devices 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 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 this IP address is given to the router. Similarly, administrators should avoid using as a static IP address when the address is within the router's DHCP address range.

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