What is the Default IP Address of a Belkin Router?

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Home broadband routers possess two IP addresses - one for connecting outside to the Internet and one for communicating inside the home network. Internet providers supply a public IP address for the outside connection. A private IP address used for local networking is set by the router manufacturer and controlled by the home network administrator.

Belkin Factory Default IP Address Settings

Home routers all contain a default private IP address when manufactured.

The specific value depends on the brand and model of router. The default IP address of Belkin routers is 192.168.2.1.

The administrator must know this address in order to connect to its console. From any device connected to a router set with this address, pointing a Web browser at

http://192.168.2.1/

will prompt the user for the router's administrative username and password to allow access. For more, see - How To Access a Home Router as an Administrator.

This address is sometimes also called the default gateway address, as client devices rely on the router as their gateway to the Internet, and computer operating systems sometimes use this term on their network configuration menus.

Changing the Router's Default IP Address

Each time the home router powers on it will use the same private network address, unless the administrator wishes to change it. Changing a router's default IP address may be necessary, for example, to avoid an IP address conflict with an Internet modem or another router already installed on 192.168.2.1.

Some homeowners also simply prefer to use an address that's easier for them to remember.

There is no advantage in network performance or security from using any one private IP address over another.

Changing the router's default IP address does not affect the router's other administrative settings such as its Domain Name System (DNS) address values, network mask (subnet mask), or passwords.

It also does not have any effect on connections to the Internet. (Some Internet providers track and authorize home networks according to the router or modem's MAC address, but not their local IP addresses.)

Router Reset and Default IP Addresses

The router reset replaces all of its network settings including its local IP address with the manufacturer's defaults. Even if an administrator has changed the default address before, resetting the router will change it back. Resetting a router needs to be only in rare situations where the unit was updated with incorrect settings or invalid data (such as a botched firmware upgrade) that causes it to stop responding to administrator connection requests. Note that simply unplugging a power or using its on/off switch does not cause the router to revert its IP address settings to defaults.

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