- 192.168.2.1 is the default local area network IP address for some home broadband routers including most Belkin models and some models from Edimax, Siemens and SMC. This IP address is placed on certain brands and models when first sold, but any router or computer on the local network can be configured to use it.
- Use 192.168.2.1 to connect to the router
- Troubleshoot the router admin login
- Limit use of this address
- Change this address
192.168.2.1 is the default local area network IP address for some home broadband routers including most Belkin models and some models from Edimax, Siemens and SMC. This IP address is placed on certain brands and models when first sold, but any router or computer on the local network can be configured to use it.
All routers have an IP address that you can use to connect to the router’s administrative console and configure the settings. You may never need to access these settings, as most home routers provide the same interface as the wizard that will help you make the installation. However, if you have trouble installing the router or you want to perform some advanced configuration, you may need to visit the router’s console.
Use 192.168.2.1 to connect to the router
If the router uses 192.168.2.1, you can log on to the router’s console from the local network by typing IP into the address bar of your web browser: http://192.168.2.1/
After connecting, the home router prompts the user to enter the user name and password of the administrator. This username / password combination is factory-set for use on the first login and must be changed by the user to be more secure. Here are the most common default login credentials:
- Belkin: User name: “admin” or leave blank. Password: “admin“, “password” or leave blank
- Edimax: User name: “admin“, “root” or blank. Password: “admin“, “password“, “1234“, “epicrouter“, “root“, “conexant“
- Siemens: User name: “admin” or leave blank. Password: “admin“, “user” or leave blank
- SMC: User name: “admin“, “smc“, “smcadmin“, “cusadmin” or blank. Password: “smcadmin“, “root“, “barricade“, “password“, “highspeed” or leave blank
Some Internet providers provide routers and other network devices for households as well as features that allow administrators to enter a “friendly” name in the web browser instead of the IP address. For example, Belkin users can enter “” http://routers “instead.
Troubleshoot the router admin login
If the browser responds with an error like “This webpage is not available”, the router will be offline (disconnected from the network) or unable to respond due to technical problems. Here are some actions you can take to reset your connection to your router:
- Make sure that the ethernet cable connects your router to your modem in a good and secure connection. For wireless routers, also check the cable connecting your device to the router itself.
- Check the router’s LED to ensure that the appropriate indicator light is on. For example, most routers display their connection status via an Internet LED, a wireless LED and a numbered LED to determine which port your computer is connected to. Compare them with the manufacturer’s manual to ensure that all connections are valid.
- Reset your connection:
- First, turn off the Internet modem and unplug its cable from the router.
- Next, turn off the router and the computer or other related device.
- Then re-enable the router and then the computer and try connecting to the router. At this point, the router has the opportunity to reset its IP as well as the IP of the device.
- Finally, reconnect the router to the modem.
If you are still having problems with the router and can not connect to the administration console, contact your router manufacturer.
Limit use of this address
Address 192.168.2.1 is an IPv4 Private Network Address, which means it can not be used to connect to a router from outside the home network. (The public IP address of the router must be used instead.)
To avoid IP address conflicts, only one device at a time on the local area network can use 192.168.2.1. For example, a home network with two routers running simultaneously must be set up with different addresses.
Home users can also be mistaken to think that a router needs to use the IP address 192.168.2.1 when it is configured to use a different address. To confirm the address the local router is using, the administrator can look up the default gateway that is located on any device currently connected to that router.
If you are using a Windows PC, you can quickly access your router’s IP address (called “default gateway”) using the ipconfig command as follows:
- Open Command Prompt.
- Enter ipconfig to display the list of all connections of the computer. The IP address of the router (assuming the computer is connected to the local area network) is “Default Gateway” in the Local Area Connection section.
Change this address
You can change the router’s address if you want, as long as it is within the allowed range for the Private IP address. Although 192.168.2.1 is a common default address, changing it does not significantly improve the security of your home network.
Routers that do not use the default IP address can be restored to use the default values through hard reset.