Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking 101 101 people found this article helpful How Is 192.168.1.2 Used? The 192.168.1.2 IP address is a common router IP address by Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated on April 15, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 10, 2020 Jon Fisher Home Networking ISP The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email 192.168.1.2 is a private IP address. It's often the default IP address for certain models of home broadband routers, typically ones sold outside of the United States. This IP address is also assigned to individual devices within a home network when the router has an IP address of 192.168.1.1. While this is the default IP address for some routers, any router (and computer, printer, smart TV, and tablet) on a local network can be set to use 192.168.1.2. As a private IP address, as opposed to a public address, 192.168.1.2 does not need to be unique across the internet, but only within its local network. How to Connect to 192.168.1.2 It is usually not necessary to access the router's administrative console. Still, you might have to if you have connection problems or are setting up the router for first-time use, like to make a Wi-Fi network, change the router password, or set up custom DNS servers. If a router uses address 192.168.1.2 on the local network, you can log in to its administrative console by entering its IP address into a web browser as a regular URL like https://192.168.1.2/. The router prompts for an administrator username and password. A router's default username and password are usually available online. Most use admin or 1234 as the password, and some write the password on the bottom of the router. The username is often blank or may be root. Here are lists of default usernames and passwords for popular router manufacturers: Linksys, Cisco, D-Link, NETGEAR. If you don't know the password, reset the router to restore the default credentials. Why Is 192.168.1.2 So Common? Manufacturers of routers and access points must use an IP address within the private range. Lifewire / Miguel Co Early on, mainstream broadband router manufacturers like Linksys and NETGEAR chose the 192.168.1.x address as their default. Although this private range technically begins at 192.168.0.0, most people think of a number sequence as starting from one rather than from zero, making 192.168.1.1 the logical choice for the beginning of a home network address range. With the router assigned this first address, it then assigns addresses to each device on its network. The IP 192.168.1.2 thus became the common initial assignment. Assign 192.168.1.2 to a Device Most networks assign private IP addresses dynamically using DHCP. This means that a device's IP address can change automatically or be reassigned to a different device. DHCP is the preferred method for assigning 192.168.1.2 to a device. Attempting to use a static IP address assignment is possible but can result in connection issues if the network's router is not configured accordingly. When to Use a Static IP Address Here are some things to remember when choosing between static and dynamic IP address assignment: Each local router that uses DHCP is configured with a range of private addresses it can allocate to clients.On a home router with 192.168.1.1 as its default local address, the default set of client addresses ranges from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254. Most routers assign IP addresses to network devices starting at the beginning of the range, so you rarely see an IP address on your network in the higher ranges.A router generally doesn't check whether 192.168.1.2 (or another address in this range) has been assigned to a client manually before assigning it to a client automatically. This can cause an IP address conflict in which two devices on the same local network attempt to use the same IP address.An IP address conflict disrupts the network communication of both devices. For these reasons, it's recommended that you allow the router to control the assignment of IP addresses in your home network. A networked device does not gain improved performance or better security from its IP address, whether it's 192.168.1.2, 192.168.1.3, 192.168.1.4, or another private address.