Home broadband routers possess two IP addresses. One is for connecting to outside networks like the internet and the other is for communicating with devices from inside the network.
Internet providers supply a public IP address for the outside connection. A default 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
Every router contains 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 the router’s console to do things like change the wireless password, set up port forwarding, enable/disable DHCP or set custom DNS servers.
From any device connected to a router set with this address, pointing a web browser to this URL will prompt for the admin username and password:
This address is sometimes also called the default gateway address since 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.
Tip: If you need the default username and password for the Belkin router, see this Belkin Default Login Information page.
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 changes it.
Changing a router’s default IP address might be necessary to, for example, avoid an IP address conflict with a modem or another router already installed on the network.
Some homeowners simply prefer to use an address that’s easier for them to remember. Just remember that there isn’t an 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 service 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 done 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 power or using it’s on/off switch does not cause the router to revert its IP address settings to defaults. An actual software reset to factory defaults has to take place.