How to Find the Default IP Address of a Belkin Router

All Belkin routers come with the same default IP address

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Home broadband routers are assigned two IP addresses. One is for connecting to outside networks such as the internet, and the other is for communicating with devices located inside the network.

Internet providers supply a public IP address for the outside connection. The router manufacturer sets a default private IP address used for local networking, and the home network administrator controls it. The default IP address of all Belkin routers is 192.168.2.1.

Belkin Router Default IP Address Settings

Every router contains a default private IP address when it is manufactured. The specific value depends on the brand and model of router. 

The administrator must know the address to connect to the router's console via a browser to do things like change the wireless password, set up port forwarding, enable or disable​ Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), or set custom Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

Any device that is connected to a Belkin router with the default IP address can access the router console using a web browser. Input this URL in the browser address field: 

http://192.168.2.1/

This address is sometimes 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.

Default Usernames and Passwords

You are prompted for the administrator username and password before you can access the router console. You should have changed this information when you first set up the router. If you didn't and need the default username and password for the Belkin router, try the following:

  • Default usernames: admin, Admin, or blank
  • Default passwords: admin, password, or blank

If you changed the defaults and lost the new credentials, reset the router and then enter the default username and password. On a Belkin router, the reset button is typically located on the back next to the internet ports. Press and hold the reset button for 30 to 60 seconds.

About a Router Reset

The Belkin router reset replaces all the 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 changes it back to the default.

Resetting a router is necessary 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.

Unplugging the power or using the router's on/off switch doesn't cause the router to revert its IP address settings to defaults. An actual software reset to factory defaults has to take place.

Changing the Router's Default IP Address

Each time the home router powers on, it uses the same private network address unless the administrator changes it. Changing a router's default IP address might be necessary to avoid an IP address conflict with a modem or another router that is already installed on the network.

Some homeowners prefer to use an address that's easier for them to remember. No advantage in network performance or security is gained 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 ​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​ media access control (MAC) address but not their local IP addresses.