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The internet is a wondrous thing. You can play games with people all over the world, watch movies on demand, or learn a new skill by watching Youtube tutorials. To do any of these things, you need internet access, and to get internet access in your home, you need a router. A router straight out of the box might give you a basic Wi-Fi network to use, though to get the best experience out of your router, you need to access the router's interface. To make changes to your router, you need to use the address to access the interface. You might be comfortable with the Wi-Fi network you have, and not wish to make changes, though if something goes wrong, it is still good to know how to access your router's interface, and here is how:

  1. You first need an internet-capable computer device, which is probably the case if you have a router. You should then connect that computer device to your router, either over the Wi-Fi network or with a wired ethernet connection. A computer or laptop with a wired connection is best.
  2. Once you have connected your computer to your router, open up your web browser. Your browser might be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. With your web browser open, type into the search bar.
  3. Searching for will lead you to the router's interface. You will then receive a prompt to enter the login details associated with your router. The correct username and password will grant you access to your router's interface.

If you don't know the login details of your router, you can often find them detailed on your router base. You can also find the login details for your router on the manufacturer's website.

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The steps above will allow you to access your router's interface. There is a lot you can do on this menu, though for someone accessing the router interface for the first time, it's a good idea to stick to the basics. One great place to start is to change those login details mentioned above.

  1. Once you have gone through the steps above, you will have access to your router's interface. Once you are on the main menu, search for the general settings or admin settings menu.
  2. Scroll through that menu until you find the router password field. The username field will also be on this menu.
  3. Once you have found the correct field, enter your desired password or username, depending on which one you want to change. If you are changing your password, make sure your new password is secure.
  4. As with any changes you make to your router, always save once you have finished.

How To Change The Name And Password Of Your Wi-Fi Network

Once you have changed the login details of your router's interface, the next thing you might like to do is to set the login details of the router's Wi-Fi network. To change the Wi-Fi network name, you need to change the SSID.

  1. Once more, go to the general settings or admin settings menu.
  2. From that menu, search for the wireless settings option.
  3. It is here that you will find the SSID field. Select the field and type in your desired Wi-Fi network name.
  4. As before, save your changes.

Changing your Wi-Fi password follows similar steps. Instead of selecting the SSID field, select the Wi-Fi password field. Enter your desired password and save your changes.

More About is a local, private, or gateway IP address. Your router's IP address gets used by computer devices connected to the Wi-Fi network, that also have IP addresses, to ensure a data request, such as visiting a website, gets to where it needs to go. is not the only IP address your router has, as it also has a public IP address. Your ISP and any website you visit will use your public IP address to get the requested information the computer device requests to the place it needs to go. Your pubic IP address then hands the information over to the private IP address, which then sends it to your computer screen.

How To Find Your IP Address

The chain of number is a common IP address, though it might not be the one set to your router. If is not the IP address that works with your router, you can search for the model of your router online. Doing so should give you the correct IP address. Alternatively, you can check the base of your router, which should have the details listed. There is one more way to check your IP address, though the method differs depending on the operating system you use.

For a computer running on Microsoft Windows:

  1. Select the network symbol in the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Once you open that menu, select the Wi-Fi network that you are using to access the internet.
  3. After clicking on the Wi-Fi network, you see a list of information related to the network. One of those pieces of information will be the IPv4, which is your IP address and looks similar to

For a computer running on MAC OS X:

  1. Click on the Apple menu, which you will find in the top left of your screen.
  2. With that menu open, select system preferences.
  3. You will have a selection of Wi-Fi networks, and you should select the one you use to access the internet.
  4. Alongside the word router, you will find your IP address.

What Is An IP address Such As

As previously mentioned, is the private IP address of your router. It is the IP address of your router that the computer devices on your network use to connect to it. Your router is not the only one that uses Router manufacturers use a set of the same IP addresses on their routers. The IP address of your router doesn't need to be unique as the only person who uses the IP address is you, the owner of the network.

As touched on above, your router is not the only device that has an IP address. Every computer device on the network also has one. Usually, it is some derivation of, with the last number changing, depending on how many devices you have connected to the network. Even non-computer devices have such as printers or storage devices have an IP address to help them connect to the router.

Not just any number can be an IP address. There is a set of numbers reserved for private IP address use, which was decided by the IANA or Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. The other numbers not part of these sets can get used as public IP addresses, with more on that below. The numbers reserved for private IP addresses are:

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Despite router manufacturers only using a few of those numbers for their routers, there are about 18 million different private IP address combinations.

Your Public IP Address

An example of a private IP address is, which you use to access your router's admin page. It also gets used by computer devices on the network as a point to send data requests. Though, as touched on above, a private IP address is not the only IP address your router has.

Your internet service provider also assigns a public IP address to your router. Unlike your private IP, you don't have much control over your public IP address. The ISP uses the public IP address to forward your requested information when you visit a website. That means that every website you visit can see your public IP address. Your router's public IP then picks up the requested information and hands it over to the private IP, which then distributes it to the computer on the network that made the request.

So people outside of your network can see your public IP address, but that is not the only difference. Your ISP can change your public IP address as needed. No two devices have the same two public IP addresses, and there aren't enough IP addresses for every computer device using the internet. An ISP has a selection of public IP addresses for its customers to use, so every time a router disconnects from the internet, the public IP address gets reassigned.

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