is a private IPv4 address of a home broadband routers and modems as default. By pointing this IP address on your web browser address bar, you can access the management panel of your router. And you can change the sensitive settings of your network without needing the network advisor. It is possible to the access the administrative panel only if you have entered the right username and password on the router’s login page.

If you are using the new router, then you don’t need to worry about the details. Every router at first will have a default username and password in it. You can verify that on the router user manual guide. Once you found, type the default username and password on the login page. If it is correct, then you will be redirected to the router settings panel. Now, you can easily manage your panel.

There are several home-based and office-based routers are using this IP address such as

  • Some 3Com OfficeConnect routers
  • Netopia / Cayman Internet gateways
  • Billion ADSL routers, Linksys SRW2024 managed switches
  • Westell modems for Bellsouth / AT&T DSL Internet service in the U.S.

These are some common routers and modems using this I192.168.1.254 IP address as default.

Any device can be set to use it but only one device on the same network should access it nor it may result in IP address conflicts.

To avoid IP address conflicts, do not access the network address using two devices on the same network.

What is the purpose of using belongs to Class C IP address which allows you to manage your router settings as default for many standard routers and modems. It is one among the IP’s reserved by IANA to act like a private address. Rather than, we also have other two common private IP addresses like and These addresses are IPv4 default gateway address used in most of the small business and home routers which typically assigns a unique address to a device connecting to the internet.

Any devices on a local network can be set to use it. It is not restricted to only a few routers or modems but to all.

What to do if is not your actual IP address? How to find them?

This makes sense. If this IP address is not connecting to a network while you point your web browser to, then it indicates that this private IP address is not your routers actual address to access. Identifying the original IP address is not much difficult. But to do that, you need to use the Command Prompt Window. To open this window, go to start menu and open “Run” field. Type “cmd” in the run function, this open a command prompt window where you need to type ”

But to do that, you need to use the Command Prompt Window. To open this window, go to start menu and open “Run” field. Type “cmd” in the run function, this open a command prompt window where you need to type “ipconfig”. This command can help you out to get all the details about your router including Media state, COnnection-specific DNS Suffix, Link-localIPv6 address, IPv4 address, Subnet mask, and finally with your default gateway. This method can be applied for only windows but not for Linux or Unix or Macintosh OS. But if you need to find the IP for the other devices too, then proceed the way I follow.

For Unix and Linus, Go to Applications > System Tools > Terminal. When the terminal opens, type “ip course”. You will get something like this,

joe$ ip course | grep default
by means of 192.168.l.254 dev eth0 proto static

For Macintosh OS, Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.app. When the terminal is opened, type “netstat – nr “. You will get something like this,

joe$ netstat – nr | grep default UGSc 50 46 en1

The default gateway is your actual IP address. Now, if you point your web browser to, it will open the login page of your router panel. Once opened, it asks you to fill the username and password of your router. If you know the details, fill them nor use the router’s default username and password.

Default username and Password

The new router would have the default username and password of the manufacturer. Each brand router has different default username and password. You can get that from the router user manual or check this default username and password lists.

What steps to be taken if you forgot your password?

By general, you can apply the password and username given by your router. If this isn’t the case, then you must handle the situation in a different way. This case applies for those who forgot their password once after changing it.

  • Reset the router by holding the button for about 30 seconds which locates at the back end. To reset, you need a needle or something else that can pass through the small hole.
  • once after the 30 seconds, you can take off your needle nad let the system to reboot.
  • Rebooting the system will erase the data on the router that is set by you (like username and password of it) and it returns to the normal state containing the default username and password. Now, type the router’s default username and password from the user manual or from our list.

Once after entering the ADSL router panel, change the default settings of the router to secure your network. Apply a new password and username that should be known only by you. This prevents others from accessing your router IP address without your permission.