192.168.0.1 is an IP address which is the main gateway of Linksys routers or modems. There are a number of IP addresses which can become the gateway of router but 192.168.0.1 is most commonly used. They are also known as ‘Host Addresses’. It is used as a method of configuration for the firm’s routers and networks.
STEPS FOR LOGGING INTO 192.168.0.1
In order to change the configurations and settings provided by the router software, access the router admin via 192.168.0.1 IP Address.
- Enter 168.0.1 (numeric / numbers) in the address bar of your preferred browser (E.G. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.)
- If an error occurs, then your router’s IP Address is not 19216811. You can search your IP Address on Google.
- After searching for the correct IP address, enter it into the address bar of the browser. It will direct you to the ‘User Login Panel’. On reaching there, enter your router user and password.
- If you are not able to recall the correct username and password, there are the following ways to recover it.
- DEFAULT USERNAME AND PASSWORD
If you haven’t changed the username and password, then you can easily use the default username and password which comes with the router (given on the label).
You will have to reset the router or modem in order to recover the password (if you changed it). It will have to be reset back to the factory settings which is also known as the default or original settings. Every wireless router or ADSL modem has a reset button on the back. In order to reset it back to factory settings you need to find the reset button and hold it for 10 seconds using a toothpick or any other thin object which resembles a toothpick.
- ROUTER USERNAME AND PASSWORD LIST
If your username and password remains unchanged and you are facing difficulties in finding your username and password then you can easily search it on Google by typing in ‘Default username and password list for routers’.
- After successfully reaching the router’s admin panel you can change the configurations and settings according to your liking and preference.
SECURING THE ROUTER :
In order to secure the router, you have to change the router’s default username and password. On doing so, your router becomes safe and secure and cannot be accessed by other (unwanted) hackers or people from you home and even your office.
In order to remove the changed settings, simply hold the reset button for 10 seconds and you’ll be back to square one.
WIFI SETTINGS :-
The basic settings are the same for every router, only the alignment and arrangement is different, according to the router’s company.
- WIFI SSID AND PASSWORD : This category is used to change the name of the WIFI as well as it’s password. It is necessary to choose a strong password for the WIFI as it can be accessed by your neighbours and you don’t want that. Choose a difficult password. My suggestion is to use a name or alphabets of your preference and combine it with the number of your choice, the numbers can be a mobile number as well. For Example: ‘ABCD1234’.
- NETWORK SECURITY : There a number of security options available providing low, medium and high security for your WIFI router. The commonly used ones are WEP, WPA and WPA2.
The difference between the three is that WEP provides low security and can be easily hacked due to its functioning and weak authentication. On the other hand, WPA should be used only when WPA2 is not available because WPA provides medium security and can be easily hacked. Whereas, WPA2 is the most secure since it is encrypted in an advanced manner and cannot be hacked.
- MAC ADDRESS : Upon using the MAC ADDRESS FILTER you can access the WIFI only from the devices you desire. There is a MAC ADDRESS of every device. On using this option, simply type the MAC ADDRESS of the devices you want to access the WIFI from, For Example, your mobile and home computer, and you’ll be able to use the WIFI network only from these devices. Even if the people know your password, they cannot use the WIFI Network so it is a ‘win-win situation’. It is the most safe way of securing your WIFI network from neighbours.
- There are a number of other security options available but they cannot be used by a normal user since it can complex and jeopardize the security of your WIFI router and network.
You can refer to the manual which comes with the WIFI Router to further adjust the settings and configurations according to your preference.
TROUBLESHOOTING AN UNRESPONSIVE ROUTER :
A lot of times the users have experienced unresponsiveness from the router at even 192.168.0.1 which means it does not take the user’s instructions and creates tricky problems. In such a situation you can try and troubleshoot the router because such problems need to be repaired as fast as possible, before it turns into a permanent problem and adds up to your issue .
The following are the steps to ‘Troubleshoot the Router’ :
- Check the connectivity of the cable in the router, as sometimes it so happens that the connectivity doesn’t work properly and creates problem in the router.
- A stupid suggestion, check if your router is being powered correctly, i.e, the switch of the plug connected to the router is ‘ON’.
- Check whether all the lights on the modem/router are active and glowing as well as blinking (from time to time). If the lights are not glowing then there is a problem with the modem/router itself. If all the required lights are glowing, then the is a problem with the service provider of the router, call the router’s helpline and get it fixed so that you can access the 192.168.0.1 IP Address and change the settings and configurations.