Many users do not know what the 192.168.1.1 address is used for and therefore we will try to explain it in the simplest possible way. This address is usually the one associated with most of the ADSL, VDSL and FTTH (fiber optic) routers on the market and used at the local network level. Through it we can access the configuration of the equipment and we can configure for example the WiFi network, open the ports, update the firmware or modify any parameter of the configuration.
How to find out the IP address
With the computer connected, run Windows Command Prompt (click on Cortana’s search bar, type CMD and run the application). Once opened you will see a black window in which you must click and type the ipconfig command and touch the enter or enter key. Doing so will show you a series of data and you should look at a specific Gateway . The IP that appears after that section is the one that the router will have associated.
In case you use Mac the process is a little different. To see the IP address associated with the router you must have the Mac connected by cable or WiFi to the router and once this is done, access System Preferences – Network. Once inside, select the connection you use in the left bar and then click on Advanced. Now click on the TCP / IP tab and check the address that appears next to the Router section . Typically, it is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, but if the device has a custom configuration, it may be another.
Steps to access the configuration of your router
Now that you know the IP assigned to your router , you must follow these steps to access the configuration panel and be able to modify any device setting.
- On a computer connected to the cable or WiFi router, open your favorite web browser.
- Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of the browser (or the IP assigned by the router and that you have located in the previous section).
- Enter the username and password. If you have never accessed it, it is most likely the one that the operator assigns by default and that you can find in the next section.
Once inside the router, you will be in the configuration interface of the equipment where you can change the ports, wireless security, the name of the WiFi network, update the firmware, do a restart, etc, etc …
Routers default username and password
The most common thing is that your telephone operator provides you with a router when contracting its fiber, cable or ADSL service. In the most current models, it is very common that each team has its own password and that it is present on the team itself on a sticker placed on the bottom or back of the team . With the data printed on the sticker, you can access the configuration without a problem, unless the password has been changed in previous access. In this case you will have to restore the router to the factory state if you do not know the password set to return to the default, that is, the one on the sticker.
On older devices this does not happen. Telephone companies configured all their routers with the same username and password combination. These are the most common of the main operators:
- Jazztel : advanced / advanced, support / support or root / 12345
- MásMóvil : masmovil / masmovil or user / user
- Movistar : administrator / 1234 or 1234/1234
- Orange : admin / admin
- Pepephone: 1234/1234
- Vodafone : vodafone / vodafone or admin / password
- Yoigo: 1234/1234 or user/user
In addition to the combinations indicated above, others such as: 123/123, admin / 1234 or admin/password are also quite common. If they do not correspond to those indicated in the section of your operator, do not hesitate to try these more generic ones or consult our forums to discover the correct combination that will allow you to access in order to access the router settings or search for information directly in Google.
These default passwords are also quite common on routers that you can buy at any store and are not associated with a specific operator. In this case, if you do not manage to access with any of the aforementioned, do not hesitate to review the instruction manual that comes in the box with the equipment to find out which is the one that the manufacturer has established by default.
Important tips when managing your router
It is essential that you perform a series of actions once you connect to the equipment configuration. Settings that will allow you to improve the security of your network , be it at home, in a small office or in some public place such as a cafeteria or similar.
How to enter the router settings
Before starting with the router configuration, you have to access its control panel. To do this, open a browser and type the address 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. If it is not this, look at 192.168.0.1 or what you have found in the console with ipconfig . Those numbers represent the gateway to the router administrator panel for most operators. Don’t put http or anything, just the numbers that make up the IP.
Entering this address, a window will appear asking you for the username and password of your router to access it. If you have never changed it, look to see the instructions, on a sticker on your router or looking for the model online. In the event that you cannot find it and it is the router of an operator, call that operator to tell you. The username and password are usually dangerously easy, like admin, or 1234 1234.
Once you have done so, you can navigate the configuration page and change all the parameters you want, configuration or security. The design of these pages will depend on the manufacturer, that is, the experience and the situation of the menus may vary.
Now, it’s time to configure your Internet connection Once you have entered the router configuration, it’s time to start making the basic changes to protect your connection and customize it to your liking. You will do it with the steps that we will explain below to change the access credentials, change the name and password of your WiFi network , and a couple of more details to improve its speed and security.