Having a Hard Time Accessing the ‘’ IP Address? – Here’s What You Should Know!

Written by Novak Bozovic
Last updated June 21, 2021

The chances are that you’re reading this article because you’re trying to use the '' IP to access your router - without any success. There is a very simple explanation for that – the '' IP address is actually an invalid router address (which is why you're having a hard time accessing your router), whose correct version is ''

We understand that the situation surrounding IP addresses can be a very confusing one. With that said, let's waste no more time - as we'll tell you what you should know about the '' IP, including what does it represent, how to use it, and more.

What’s the Deal With the '' IP Address? Why It's Considered Invalid?

As said earlier, '' is an incorrect version of '' – which is a private IP address of many routers. That means your router uses this IP for data exchange and for other purposes, but only within a closed network.

For example, let’s say that you have a computer and a media streaming device connected to the same router. Those three devices (your router, computer, and media streamer) form your home Web network, which is 'closed' by its nature.

You can easily cast and stream movies from your computer to your media streaming device and vice versa. That is possible because both of those devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, as they each have their own private IPs (assigned by your router).

With that said, know that the '' is a private IP address of routers made by different manufacturers. By typing this IP address into your Web browser's address bar, you will get to access your router and make any kinds of changes.

Is the '' IP Address the Only IP Address Used to Access Routers?

The '' IP is often the primary (private) IP of many routers - but not for all of them. Since there's a limited number of private IPs, companies that make routers have decided to stick to certain spectrums. That helps to avoid overall confusion and helps individual users and customers to easily set-up those routers.

Here are some of the most popular router manufacturers and the IP address that they typically use (as their routers' primary IP address).

As you can see, the chances are that your router is made by D-Link, TP-Link, NETGEAR, or Asus. This isn’t always the rule, but it applies to the majority of cases. Knowing who’s the manufacturer of your router will come in handy when you decide to access its admin panel.

Why Would You Want to Access Your Router’s IP Admin Panel?

Aside from simple operations, you can use your router’s admin panel to troubleshoot your connectivity and make your Web connection faster and stable. Here’s what accessing your router's admin panel helps you achieve.

How to Use the '' IP Address to Log-In to Your Router's Admin Panel?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a hacker to access your router. All it takes is a Web browser and a few simple steps. Let’s see how this procedure is done.

Router Brand Default Username Default Password
TP-Link 'admin' or leave it blank 'admin,' 'password,' or blank
D-LINK 'admin' or blank 'admin' or blank
Linksys 'admin' 'admin'
NETGEAR 'admin' 'admin' or 'password'

If none of the provided username/password combinations work, you can try two things. First, do a factory reset of your router to change these values to their default state. Or, you can take a look at the exact model of your router and do a Google search for its username and password.

What If You Can’t Connect to ''

In case you can’t connect to your router’s admin or if you’re not being asked for credentials, there are several things to have in mind, as explained below.

We hope that you managed to use this guide to access your router. As you're now aware, the '' IP is not the correct one, so we told you to use '' instead. That's perhaps the most important piece of information you should know.

Finally, in case you have any questions or doubts, don't hesitate to post a comment below. And also - thanks for reading!

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