192.168.o.1 Login and Uses
Another IP from the private IP range excessively used as a default login IP for Netgear and D-Link routers is 192.168.o.1. The fact that it belongs to the private IP range () drastically increases the security of the router and the home network itself, since it can’t be accessed from any computer which is not part of the home network.
Before we dive into discussion, let’s say something about the IP addresses in general, first. By definition, IP address is:
According to this definition the sole function of an IP address is to provide accurate device identification and location.
IP addresses can be divided into 2 groups, those belonging to the PUBLIC area and those in the PRIVATE IP range. Basically, the Private IP is the one between the PC and the router, and the Public is the one between the router and the Internet.
This IP along with the other IP addresses used for this purpose, is used to grant access to the router admin page. Otherwise, it is called a web-based utility, where all the router settings can be modified.
You may ask now – Why would I need to access and change these settings? Well, first of all, if you are having some networking problems, you should start looking for solution from the source, in this case, the router. Second, we all want to take proper care about the things we do by ourselves, in this case, the setup of our home network. For this reason we want to keep everything secured, and in order to accomplish this, we start from the router again.
So once we get access to the router’s admin page, we can:
- change the default IP
- change the router password
- Change the network name
- Enable or disable wireless Internet
- Do port forwarding
-… and much more.
In order to anything from this list we have to login to the router first.
Logging in Step-by-Step
1. Open up your browser and type 192.168.o.1 into the address bar.
2. When the login box appears type the default username and password.
3. Congratulations! You have successfully logged in.
Simple, isn’t it?
Well, as you can see, it generally is simple, however, there can be some problems during this process.
1. You type 192.168.o.1 and nothing happens. – You should check your router IP.
2. You type the username and password and nothing happens. – Check the user’s manual and look for the these. You can also check the manufacturer’s website. As a last solution you will have to hard reset your router.
Generally, for most Netgear routers the login details are as follows: the username is admin and the password is password. In case you are using an older router, you can also try 1234 as a default password.
For D-Link routers the default username is admin and you don’t have to type anything as a password.
Words of caution
When changing the IP address of your router, take care that no other device in your network doesn’t use the IP address you are planning to use. This will lead to IP conflict which can make your entire network unstable.
When you hard reset the router it will boot up with all the factory settings like when it was brand new. This means you will have to set it up from the beginning and all the changes you have made will be lost.
Always check your wires and connections before you start troubleshooting your router. In most cases, small things can cause big problems, and this is one of them.
When you try to login with 192.168.o.1 or any other IP make sure to type it in the address bar, not in the search bar in your browser. In rare occasions, people do this, so take care.
Type everything carefully. Typing 192.168.o.1 will get you nowhere.
Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. Take care of it.
Whether you are using a Netgear or D-Link router or not, the process of logging in is always the same. With the right IP and username and password you will get access to your router every time. Therefore, if you have successfully logged into your router after reading this, write the IP and logins somewhere. You might need these later.