192.168.1.1 is a Class C – Private IP Address that is usually assigned to most routers by default by the manufacturer for administration purposes. When you type the address into your browser’s address bar, if you have it set as your default gateway, you should be able to log in to the administration console. If not, most browsers automatically direct you to a search engine. This might happen if your settings have changed from the factory settings. Apart from 192.168.1.1, you could have a different private IP address as your default gateway. Therefore, if you’re trying to access the router’s administration via 192.168.1.1 and are unable to do so, you can use the command below to first find out your default gateway. Then, type the address into the address bar to access it.
Hold the Windows key and press ‘R’. In the run dialog, type ‘cmd’ and click ‘OK’.
Then, type in the black command prompt.
ipconfig | findstr /i “Gateway”
Follow the explorer “http://YOURDEFAULTGATEWAYIPADDRESS”. Once you do this, the command prompt will open the Default Gateway Address via Internet Explorer.
The next step involves logging into your router, for which you’ll need a username and a password. For most routers, if not modified, the default login credentials should work; these can typically be found either written in the manual or on the back of the router. If you don’t have them, there are two possible solutions to this issue.
(i) Google your router’s model number in the following way: “Router Model Number Default Password”. Usually, the results that appear at the top are correct.
(ii) If they don’t work, it is likely that the password has changed, so you may need to reset it. To do this, conduct another Google search, “How to reset Router Model #”. This is usually accomplished by holding the reset button with an unfolded pin for 5 to 8 seconds. However, I highly recommend reading the manufacturer’s stated procedure to avoid interfering with the firmware.