What Is a NETGEAR Router's Default IP Address?

The Default Router IP Address Is Required to Access the Router's Settings

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Home broadband routers possess two IP addresses. One is for communicating locally, inside the home network (called a private IP address) and the other for connecting to networks outside of the local one, like the internet (they're called public IP addresses).

Internet providers supply the public address while the private address is controlled by the home network administrator. However, if you've never changed the local address, and especially if the router was bought new, this IP address is considered the "default IP address" because it's the one supplied by the manufacturer.

When first setting up a router, the administrator must know this address in order to connect to its console. This typically works by pointing a web browser to the IP address in the form of a URL. You can see an example of how that works below.

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

Default NETGEAR Router IP Address

The default IP address of NETGEAR routers is usually In this case, you can connect to the router through its URL, which is "http://" followed by the IP address:

Note: Some NETGEAR routers use a different IP address. Find you specific router in our NETGEAR Default Password List to see which IP address is set as its default.

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 might be necessary to avoid conflict with the IP address of a modem or another router already installed on the network.

Administrators can change this default IP address either during installation or at some later point. Doing so does not affect its other administrative settings such as the Domain Name System (DNS) address values, network mask (subnet mask), passwords or Wi-Fi settings.

Changing the default IP address also has no effect on a network's connections to the internet. 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 with the manufacturer's defaults, and this includes the local IP address. Even if an administrator has changed the default address before, resetting the router will change it back.

Note, however, that simply power cycling a router (turning it off and back on) does not affect its IP address configuration, and neither does a power outage.

What Is Routerlogin.com?

Some NETGEAR routers support a feature that allows administrators to access the console by name rather than by IP address. Doing so automatically redirects connections to its home page (e.g. to http://routerlogin.com).

NETGEAR maintains the 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 websites - they only work when accessed through NETGEAR routers.