How to Find the Default IP Address of a Belkin Router

You need the IP address to access the router's web setup page

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Home broadband routers are assigned two IP addresses. One is for connecting to external networks such as the internet, and the other is for communicating with devices located inside the home or office network.

Internet providers supply a public IP address for the external connection. The router manufacturer sets a default private IP address used for local networking, and the home network administrator controls it. The default IP address of all Belkin routers is 192.168.2.1.

Belkin Router Default IP Address Settings

Every router is assigned a default private IP address when it is manufactured. The specific value depends on the brand and model of router, but usually every router from one manufacturer has the same default IP address. 

The administrator must know the IP address to connect to the router's console via a web browser to do things such as change the wireless password, set up port forwarding, enable or disable​ Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), or set custom Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

Any device that is connected to a Belkin router with the default IP address can access the router console using a web browser. Open any web browser, such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Firefox, and input Belkin's default IP URL in the browser address field in this format: 

http://192.168.2.1/

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

If you have trouble accessing Belkin's web-based configuration screen using the default IP address, try entering http://router in the address bar of the web browser instead.

Default Usernames and Passwords

You must enter the administrator username and password before you can access the router console. You should have changed this information when you first set up the router. If you didn't and need the default username and password for the Belkin router, try the following:

  • Default usernames: admin, Admin, or blank
  • Default passwords: admin, password, or blank

If you changed the defaults and lost the new credentials, reset the router and then enter the default username and password. On a Belkin router, the reset button is typically located on the back next to the internet ports. Press and hold the reset button for 30 to 60 seconds.

About a Router Reset

The Belkin router reset replaces all the 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 changes it back to the default.

Resetting a router is necessary only in rare situations in which the unit was updated with incorrect settings or invalid data, such as a botched firmware upgrade that causes it to stop responding to administrator connection requests.

Unplugging the power or using the router's on/off switch doesn't cause the router to revert to its default IP address. A software reset to factory defaults has to take place.

Changing the Router's Default IP Address

Each time the home router powers on, it uses the same private network address unless the administrator changes it. Changing a router's default IP address might be necessary to avoid an IP address conflict with a modem or another router that is already installed on the network.

Some homeowners prefer to use an address that's easier for them to remember, but no advantage in network performance or security is gained from using any one private IP address over another.

Changing the router's default IP address does not affect the router's other administrative settings, such as its ​DNS address values, network mask (subnet mask), or passwords. It also does not have any effect on connections to the internet.

Some internet service providers track and authorize home networks according to the router or modem's​ media access control (MAC) address but not their local IP addresses.

If you are having trouble with the router's connection speed, the problem isn’t caused by the default IP address. Updating your system software, checking for updated drivers, and relocating the router closer to your internet-connected devices can all improve the speed of the connection.