192.168.2.1 - Default IP Address for Some Home Network Routers

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192.168.2.1 is the local network default IP address for some home broadband routers including almost all Belkin models and some models made by Edimax, Siemens and SMC. This IP address is set on certain brands and models when first sold, but any router or computer on a local network can be configured to use it.

All routers have an IP address which you can use to connect to the router's administrative console and configure its settings.

You may never need to access these settings, as most home routers provide a wizard-like interface that walks you through setup. However, if you have problems installing your router or you want to perform some advanced configuration, you may need to access the router's console.

Using 192.168.2.1 to Connect to a Router

If a router uses 192.168.2.1, you can log into the router's console from the local network by entering the IP into a web browser's address bar:

http://192.168.2.1/

Once connected, a home router prompts the user for an administrator username and password. This username/password combination is set at the factory for use during the initial login, and should be changed by the user to something more secure. Here are the most common default logon credentials:

  • Belkin:
    username: "admin" or blank
    password: "admin", "password" or blank
  • Edimax:
    username: "admin", "root" or blank
    password: "admin", "password", "1234", "epicrouter", "root", "conexant" or blank
  • Siemens:
    username: "admin" or blank
    password: "admin", "user" or blank
  • SMC:
    username: "admin", "smc", "smcadmin", "cusadmin" or blank
    password: "smcadmin", "root", "barricade", "password", "highspeed" or blank

Some home Internet providers that supply routers and other networking equipment to households offer a feature that allows administrators to type a friendly name in the web browser instead of the IP address.

For example, Belkin users can type "http://router" instead.

Troubleshooting Router Logon Issues

If the browser responds with an error like "This webpage is not available," the router is either offline (disconnected from the network) or unable to respond due to a technical glitch. Here are some actions you can take to reestablish a connection to your router:

  • Ensure that the ethernet cable connecting your router to your modem is in good shape and firmly seated. For non-wireless routers, also check the cable connecting your device to the router itself.
  • Check the router's LEDs to ensure that the proper indicator lights are lit. Most routers, for example, display their connection status via an internet LED, a wireless LED and a numbered LED that identifies which port your computer is connected to. Compare these to your manufacturer's user guide to ensure that all connections are valid.
  • Reset your connections:
    1. Turn off your internet modem and unplug its cable from the router.
    2. Turn off your router and your computer or other relevant device.
    3. Power back on your router and then your computer, and try to connect to the router. At this point, the router has had a chance to reset its IP as well as the IP of your device.
    4. Reconnect your router to your modem.

    If you still have trouble with your router and cannot connect to its administrative console, contact your router's manufacturer.

    Restrictions on Using this Address

    The address 192.168.2.1 is a private IPv4 network address, meaning that it cannot be used to connect to a router from outside the home network. (The router's public IP address must be used instead.)

    To avoid IP address conflicts, only one device at a time on the local network can use 192.168.2.1. Home networks with two routers running simultaneously, for example, must be set up with different addresses.

    Home administrators can also mistakenly think a router should be using 192.168.2.1 when it has actually been configured to use a different address.

    To confirm which address a local router is using, an administrator can look up the default gateway set on any devices currently connected to it. 

    If you are on a Windows PC, you can quickly access the router's IP address (called the "default gateway" using the ipconfig command: 

    1. Press Windows-X to open the Power Users menu, and then click Command Prompt.
    2. Enter ipconfig to display a list of all your computer's connections.
    Your router's IP address (assuming your computer is connected to the local network) is the "Default Gateway" under the section Local Area Connection.

    Changing This Address

    You can change your router's address if you wish, as long as it is within the allowed range for private IP addresses. Even though 192.168.2.1 is a common default address, changing it does not significantly improve the home network's security.

    Routers using non-default IP address settings can be restored to use their original defaults through the hard reset process. For more information, see The 30-30-30 Hard Reset Rule for Routers and Best Ways to Reset a Home Network Router.