What is the Default IP Address of a Netgear Router?

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Home broadband routers possess two IP addresses - one for communicating locally inside the home network (a private IP address) and one for connecting outside to the Internet (a public IP address). Internet providers supply the public address while the private address is controlled by the home network administrator. This local IP address can have a different default number depending on the brand and model of router.

Netgear Router Factory Default IP Address Settings

The default IP address of Netgear routers is 192.168.0.1. Home routers all have a private IP address address set when manufactured. When first setting up a router, the administrator must know this address in order to connect to its console, typically by pointing a Web browser to

http://192.168.0.1/

For more, see How To Access a Home Router as an Administrator

This is sometimes also called the default gateway address, as client devices rely on the router as their gateway to the Internet. Computer operating systems sometimes use this term on their network configuration menus.

Changing the Router's Default IP Address

Each time the home router powers on it will use the same private network address, unless the administrator wishes to change it. Changing the router's default IP address may be necessary to avoid conflict with the IP address of an Internet modem or another router already installed on 192.168.0.1.

Administrators can change this default IP address either during installation or anytime later. 

Changing the Router's Default IP Address

Changing the router's default IP address does not affect its other administrative settings such as the Domain Name System (DNS) address values, network mask (subnet mask), or passwords.

It also does not have any effect on a home network's connections to the Internet. Although some Internet providers track and authorize home networks according to the router or modem's MAC address, not their local IP addresses.

A router reset replaces all of its network settings including its local IP address with the manufacturer's defaults. Even if an administrator has changed the default address before, resetting the router will change it back. (Note that simply power cycling a router does not affect its IP address configuration.)

Routerlogin.com

Some Netgear routers support a feature that allows administrators to access the console by name rather than by IP address. automatically redirects connections to its home page (http://192.168.0.1/) to http://routerlogin.com/. Netgear maintains the online domains routerlogin.com and routerlogin.net as a service that gives router owners an alternative to remembering the IP address of their device. Note that these sites do not function as ordinary Web sites - they only work when accessed through Netgear routers.