Router Login – A Detailed Guide

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If you are reading this text, chances are that is the default IP for your wireless router.

If you are not sure whether is your router default IP, you can easily check it by following this guide.

What is

When we talk about this IP there are a few things worth mentioning.

It’s a private IP address

This means it is not publicly routable on the Internet and it is reserved for internal use behind a router or other NAT device.

It’s a Class C IP address

The Class C in the private IP range includes all the Ips from to

It’s an Ipv4 address

Ipv4 stands for “Internet Protocol Version 4”. It is the fourth and the most popular version of the Internet Protocols.

It acts as a Default gateway

Default gateway

It means that it is used to allow the devices in your network to communicate with the devices in a different network.

It is a Default IP address

Being a default IP means that you can use it to access your router admin page and configure the router. Most commonly we use this IP to secure our wireless home network and perform some other tasks like port forwarding or blocking, setting up parental controls and so on.

What we actually have to know is that is also a default router IP address for routers produced by 2Wire, Netopia or some of the router brands we are going to mention later.

Why should you login to your router?

Having a secure home network is essential nowadays and to begin with this you have to login to your router first.

Once you have done it successfully, it is recommended to change the router default login details.

Additionally, it is recommended to make some changes at least in the following areas:

  • Change the default router password
  • Change the default network name (SSID)
  • Select WEP2 encryption and set up a strong Wi-Fi password.

These minor changes will significantly increase the security of your home network, so they are definitely worth trying.

How to login?

Basically this procedure works with any other default IP address and it is quite simple.

  • Open up your browser (Chrome, Opera, Firefox it doesn’t matter)
  • Type in the browser address bar like in the image.

type in the address bar

  • Press Enter on the keyboard.

If this is the correct router IP, the login window will appear and you will be asked to enter the router’s default username and password.

Normally the default login details can be found in the user’s manual or on the label underneath the router, but here is a short list of the router brands that use this IP as a default one and the official default usernames and passwords.

The official login details

Default IP:

2wire router2Wire Routers

The default 2Wire router settings can be also accessed via the address “gateway.2Wire.net” address.

Username: admin

Password 1: admin

Password 2: wireless

billion routerBillion Routers

Billion routers are still present on the market. You can try logging in with the following details.

Username: admin

Password: admin

netopia routerNetopia routers

Netopia routers have added a higher level of security by making the password for their newer models the same as the router’s serial number. While older models of Netopia routers use he above-mentioned IP, the newer ones use as a default IP.

If you have an older router try:

Username: admin

Password: 1234 or admin.

For newer models the router password is the 6-digit serial number of the router.

tehnicolor routerTehnicolor/Thomson routers

Tehnicolor routers, formerly known as Thomson, are generally shipped without a default username and password. Eventually you may be asked to enter your login credentials. In this case you can use:

Username: Administrator

Password 1: connect2th

Password 2: the router’s serial number

Password 3: blank

When the login window appears the login details presented above will give you access to your router settings.

If not, you can contact your ISP for support or you can try to reset your router to default settings. If you choose the second option, you have to be aware that all the changes that were previously made to the router settings will be erased. So, please be careful.

Router login problems

If for some reason the login process fails, please check the following.

  1. Are you connected to the network?

You can access the router settings only if the device you are trying to connect from is part of the network. So either connect to your Wi-Fi network or using an Ethernet cable and try again.

  1. Is your default IP?

If your default IP is other than the login window won’t open.

  1. Are you typing the default IP correctly?

One of the common login problems is mistyping the default IP so check twice. Maybe you have typed 192.168.l.254 or 192,168,1,254. IP addresses are made of numbers only separated by dots. So, instead of typing 192.168.l.254 with the letter “l”, make sure to type the number “1”.

Final words

We hope we have helped you learn a little more about and that you have successfully accessed your router’s admin page. As you can see, it is quite a simple procedure and it is definitely something worth knowing.

Now you can check your router settings and modify them if needed. Just make sure to note down all the changes you have made.