Linksys Router Admin IP Address 192.168.1.1

Use this address to set up a new router or update settings on an existing one

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192.168.1.1 is the standard IP address is normally used by Linksys broadband routers and many other brands of network routers or home network gateway equipment.

Network administrators typically use this address when setting up a new router or updating settings for an existing one. The same address can also be used on business computer networks.

Technically, a computer, printer or another device could be programmed to use this address, but it's not recommended. This often leads to IP address conflicts. 192.168.1.1 belongs to the private IP address range typically used for private networks, that starts with 192.168.0.0 and extends through 192.168.255.255.

Connecting to a Linksys Router Using 192.168.1.1

It isn't always necessary to know your router's IP address. Phones and other devices typically can find the router by its name (SSID) whenever they need to get online.

However, knowing the address becomes important when initially setting up a new router or when troubleshooting a home network problem.

Screenshot of Google Chrome browser with IP 192.168.1.1 in the address bar.
Type the IP address into your address bar of any browser.

If the router has an IP address of 192.168.1.1, you can connect to it by opening a web browser and visiting:

http://192.168.1.1/

This allows you to log in to the router's administrator console and access its configuration screens. The procedure may fail for the following reasons:

  • The router has failed and is unresponsive to connections via the browser.
  • The router is set up to use a different address than 192.168.1.1.
  • The computer and its browser failed to join the network.

If you can log into your router with the default administrator ID and password, that means your router is poorly secured and anyone could easily log into it. Immediately change the default administrator password to better secure your router.

How to Determine Your Router's IP Address

If the router is not set up to use 192.168.1.1, check the manufacturer's documentation or website (using your mobile phone) to find the correct default address and try again. Other common router default addresses are 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1, but there are too many possibilities to guess them all.

Troubleshooting an Unresponsive Router

Network troubleshooting steps should be followed to determine why a router set up at 192.168.1.1 is not responding. The issue may lie with the router itself, with the client device, or with the connection in between such as cabling or wireless interference issues. 

The following are some common methods to get an unresponsive router functional again.

Restart the Router

Unplug the router, wait a few minutes, and then plug it back in.

Wait until all of the lights on the front of the router have turned on or are blinking again before trying to connect again.

Some routers occasionally need a restart after a power outage, due to improper startup while the ISP's own equipment was down.

Double Check the IP with IPCONFIG

In many cases, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), will set up your router to use an internal network addressing scheme other than 192.168.1.x.

To find out what the default IP address is for that router, you can use the IPCONFIG command on your computer, as long as your computer is connected to the router (via Wireless or Wired).

To do this:

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Type command prompt, and click the Command Prompt to launch it.
  3. Type IPCONFIG and press Enter.

You will see a lot of information, but look for Default Gateway.

Example screenshot of using the IPCONFIG command

This gateway address is the IP address of your router. Just open a browser and type in that IP address to log into the router using the administrative ID and password.

Reset the Router

If restarting doesn't work, find the reset button (usually on the back of the router) and press it until the router restarts. Some reset buttons are inside a small hole and require a pin to push it. Check the manufacturer's documentation for specific instructions on resetting the router.

Also be sure to check the documentation for the default administrative ID and password. After you reset a router, it reverts back to the default ID and password. So it's a good idea to log in and change the administrative password to something other than the default.

Never reset a router unless you know what default administrative ID and password the router will revert to. Otherwise you could find yourself locked out of the router permanently.

It Isn't Always the Router

Even if a router at 192.168.1.1 is functioning correctly, there could be issues with the wireless card configuration in your computer, or even issues with the ISP itself.

There are many reasons you may not be able to get a good internet connection. It's a good idea to be methodical when you troubleshoot internet connection problems until you find the issue.