A common term in internet terminology today, the IP Address (also called host address), has several purposes, the most significant being connecting to the internet. It is an address represented by a set of four numbers separated by three periods. Using the ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ provided by the Internet Service Provider and the IP address of the networking device, the customer can simply log in to the router and connect to the internet. One of the many IP addresses you may have come across is 192.168.1.254, which is the default IP Address of a particular networking device. It is a private IP Address and is different for different devices.
Logging In To The 192.168.1.254 Router:
In order to connect to the internet, follow these steps:
- Type the IP address of your router (mentioned below the router) in the address bar of your browser and press ‘Enter’.
- Submit the username and password as asked. It must be noted that for most devices the default username is “admin” and the default password is “password”. These, however, can be changed by the user in order to secure their connection.
To give a brief idea about the most universally used routers such as Cisco, D-Link, Netgear, etc. it may be noticed that the default username is either “admin” or “password”. The default password is also either “admin” or “password”. The Belkin router has no default username, but the default password is “MiniAP”.
In case one happens to forget or lose their login details, the router has a ‘Reset’ button that once pressed will set the username and password back to their default values. All previous changes made, will be lost and one can log in simply using the steps mentioned above.
Securing The Router:
Anyone aware of the default username and password can easily use your router or even change the settings, without your permission. Thus, everyone is generally advised to secure their router to prevent the unwanted audience from using it. This can be done simply by changing the default login settings of your router.
All information regarding setting up an internet connection on your router is provided by the ISP. A user can set up the connection either manually or by using the ‘Wizard Tool’. The first step is to change the network SSID name that uniquely identifies your Wi-Fi connection. Do not keep a very easy SSID (e.g family member name) as that will enable others to identify and use your connection easily.
Further, encryption can be used to secure your connection. Most devices use the WPA2 and PSK encryption these days. These must be applied and it goes without saying that your new password should be difficult enough to not be hacked easily. Read the router manual carefully for the best ways to secure your connection, as supported by your router.
An ideal, strong password is a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. A password too short is easier to guess and one too long is difficult to remember i.e a length of around 10-12 is best. Mac supports Mac-Id filtering which only allows only selected, familiar devices to use the connection.
Steps to change the password:
- Login to the router using the default username and password.
- Go to ‘Advanced Settings’ and choose ‘Change Password’ option.
- Enter the Old and New password and Save your settings.
Logging in to some routers:
To log in to Cisco/D-Link/Netgear/TP-Link routers, follow these steps:
1) Connect your Cisco/D-Link/Netgear/TP-Link router to your PC using RJ-45/Ethernet cable.
2) Switch on both devices and open the browser in your computer.
3) Enter the default IP address of the router in the address bar to go to the login page.
4) Submit login details. Here you can also change router settings.
In case of any error, double check the IP Address and login details that you have entered. The router may be damaged too. Refer manual for specific assistance, depending on the type of error.