Internet – What Does This IP Mean? How to Use (Access) It?

Written by Novak Bozovic
Last updated June 21, 2021

Due to so many misconceptions and conflicting information on the Web, we have decided to put together a trustful guide to the '' IP. That means you can use this article to learn more about this address, how to use it, and what it means to access your router’s IP. So, let’s jump right in, shall we? – Is This a Private or a Public IP Address?

Before we dive deeper into this matter, it’s important to understand that there are two types of IP addresses. Knowing this will help you understand what it means to access your router, so let’s take a moment to explain the differences between private and public IPs in a simple way.

What Are the Differences & Similarities Between Private & Public IPs?

When talking about the '' IP, we are talking about a private IP address. What’s also interesting is that millions of individuals around the world use this same IP to access their routers. So, how is that possible? Let's see!

Every router comes with a private IP already set up. These are not routable on the Web, and they are used to set up private home networks. As you surely know, all your Web-connected devices in your home first need to connect to your router to send and receive data.

However, those devices also form their own closed (or private) network. To access your router using a private IP, all your devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network. That's why no one else can access your router (unless they're connected to your home Wi-Fi).

Public IPs are visible on the Web, and they are unique to every device. Every time you connect your device to the Internet, your device will receive a unique digital identifier. This public IP is then used to send and receive data over the Web.

As such, public IPs need to be visible to other websites and Web services. By knowing your IP, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can keep track of your Internet connection and make sure you’re using it without crossing any limitations.

What Kind of a Private IP Is ''

Back in the 1990s, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority came up with several ranges (spectrums) of private IPs. All of those are used to set up closed networks, which means that their primary role isn’t to connect your device to the Web.

Still, they hold great value because they form the basis of your Web connection capable of sending and receiving data using the World Wide Web.

Next, to learn about what kind of IP is, we need to tell you that there are three types of private IP spectrums. Take a look at the table below.

Class Starting IP Ending IP # of Hosts
A 16,777,216
B 1,048,576
C 65,536

As you can see, the IP is a 'Class' A private IP where that entire range supports more than 16 million devices. Even though there are many routers using one of the 'Class A' IPs, 'Class C' IPs are more commonly used in homes.

Still, you need to know that there are no good or bad IP addresses. They all work in the same way, and they are all used for the same purpose.

What Can Be Done Using the '' IP?

Knowing your router’s IP address is the only way to access your router. This's important to know because that is the only way to make sure your Internet connection is safe and secure. Here are some of the possible things you can do within your router’s admin page.

How to Connect to a '' Router?

Accessing your router using the IP is quite simple. In case you’re sure that is the correct IP, all you need to do is open a Web browser, enter its credentials, and you’re done. So, here’s our step-by-step guide.

Router Brand Username - Password Combination
Belkin admin- admin
admin – Admin
admin – password
Admin – password
admin – (blank)
(blank) – (blank)
D-Link (blank) – (blank)
Admin – admin
admin – (blank)
manager - manager

Issues With Connecting to the ' IP?' Try These Quick Fixes!

If you’re sure that you have the correct IP and know who's the manufacturer or your router, this should be a simple process. However, you might encounter some roadblocks along the way. So, here’s what you need to know to make this process as smooth as possible.

How to Find Your Router’s IP?

Finally, we are going to show you how to check your router’s IP. You can use the Command Prompt to find your router's IP on Windows. Also, you can use System Preferences on macOS. Then, mobile devices can be of great help with this. Here’s how to check your router's IP on iOS and Android devices.

That would be all you need to know about the '' IP address. In case you have any questions, make sure to post your comment below. And lastly, thank you for reading!

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