How to Fix the 192.168.1.1 and Get Logged Into Your Router
Having trouble reaching the routerlogin page?
Whether you are trying to access your wireless router setup for the first time or just trying to view your current Wi-Fi Password from a previous setup, you will need to access the routers administrative console. Sometimes the admin console is referred to as the routers hidden page.
If you can not reach the login page, it may be due to:
- Entering the IP address incorrectly
- An IP address issue on the computer.
- A hardwired connection configuration issue or a bad Ethernet cable
- An issue with the wireless router itself
If you are able to reach the login page but can not get past the login page, I will cover that as well.
Possible Quick Fixes
First, before going through all sorts of technical stuff, lets check the basics.
The first thing you need to make sure is that the computer you are using is hardwired directly to the router. Check that the Ethernet or network cable is securely snapped into not only the computer but also into a numbered port on the back of the router.
One of the quickest and easiest fixes is performing a power cycle. Power cycling refers to removing the power from the router, waiting a few seconds, then plugging the power back in.
Of course you should be getting some lights on the front of the router otherwise you may be looking at an electrical outlet problem or a burnt out router. It should also light an LED indicating the port number the computer is currently connected to. The LED is usually on the front of the router but could be on the port outlet itself. Still not sure? Check where the cable plugs into back of the computer and it should have a LED light at the cable outlet as well.
If you have lights on the router but not lights for the cable plugged in the numbered spot, try another numbered spot or try another cable. Don't have another cable, try flip-flopping the cord so that the computer end goes in the router and the router end into the computer. Although both ends of the cable are identical, I have seen where one end will make a connection in one device but not another.
Still no light? Check to see if there is more than one Ethernet connection on the computer. Often desktop computers may have two network cards installed, the one integrated on the motherboard and one that may have been an upgrade to the on-board connection. If so, try the other connection.
Incorrectly entering the Routers IP address.
Not only is correctly entering in the routers IP address crucial, but where you enter the IP address is equally important. This is one of the most common mistakes. Most routers, depending on brand, use either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Try both of them. If one does not work, odds are the other will.
Still no dice? First thing to make sure is that the router indicates that it sees the computer by lighting a numbered LED to correspond to the port number you are plugged into.
Next, let's make sure that you are not entering the IP address incorrectly.
For example, these examples are incorrect and will never work:
Also, it is not necessary to put the http:// in front of the numbers such as:
Although typing the http:// is fine if typed correctly, but just keep it simple. Putting in more than is necessary just increases the chance of a mis-key and takes more time. Key just the IP address (Just numbers and dots). Let the browser automatically add the http:// portion to the beginning after you click Go or press Enter.
Next thing to check is that you are not keying the IP Address in a search engine or search tool bar. You need to type it in the address bar at the top.
If it is a Netgear brand router, instead of trying the IP address, you can also try routerlogin.net.
An IP address issue on the computer.
The computer's IP address must be within the same subnet as the router's IP address in order for the two of them to communicate with each other. In other words, if the router's IP address is 192.168.1.1 that means that the computers IP address needs to also start with 192.168.1.__ (the last digits can be any number other than 0 or 1 and under 255).
If the router's IP address is 192.168.0.1 then of course the IP address on the computer also needs to start with 192.168.0.__.
If the computer is using an IP address starting with anything else, communication between the router and that computer will not be possible.
Normally, most computer network cards are set up to automatically obtain the IP address from the router so the router would issue a compatible IP address and this would not be an issue. This requires that your network adapter is set up automatically accept the IP address issued from the router.
An issue can arise is if the network card in the computer is set up with a static IP address instead of a dynamic IP (Automatically Obtain). A static IP address is when instead of asking the router for an IP address, it is set to use a specific IP address that someone in the past has chosen and hard-coded for the wired adapter in the computer to use.. If this is the case, it is possible that the hard-coded or Static IP does not start with 192.168.1.__.
To check to see the IP address the computer has been assigned, whether from the router or set as a Static IP, you would want to run the IPCONFIG command from within the Command Window or DOS window.
Running the IPCONFIG command to view the Computer IP Address
To find the IP address of the wired network adapter in WIndows XP, Vista or 7:
- Start button.
- Click Run. (In Vista and 7: There is no Run. Instead there is a Start Search box you can type in.)
- Type in CMD or COMMAND
- Press Enter.
- Type IPCONFIG and press Enter.
On Windows 8:
- Press and hold the Windows Key (looks like a flag) and press X at the same time.
- Type IPCONFIG and press Enter.
Note: It's not case-sensitive.
You should get something in return that reads like this:
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig
Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>
The IP address is the IP address of the computer. The Default Gateway (in this case because I am in the same subnet) it sees and shows the IP of the router.
If your IP address does not start with a 192.168. then odds are it is set to a Static IP. Changing it to a Dynamic or Automatically Obtain IP should fix the issue.
Using an incorrect user name and password.
If you are making it to the router's login page, make sure you are trying some of the most common router logins or look up the correct login to your router.
An issue with the wireless router itself
Routers go bad from time to time. If it is an older router, this may be a good opportunity to upgrade your wireless network and pick up some of the latest technology. My personal suggestion is the Edimax AC1200 router. It is the fastest wireless router to date, one of the cheapest routers and even comes with a wireless network adapter for a computer as well.