What roles does play as a gateway IP to your router?

The public IP your router uses is determined by your Internet Service Provider. It is your network’s public-facing address that you use to establish a connection between yourself and the internet services you are using. To enable that connection, your network router uses the so-called gateway, or private IP address – in your case. Based on the private IP, the router assigns addresses to all devices that you connect to your WiFi – for instance,,, and so on. is your router’s local default IP address, which the manufacturer of the device assigns to all routers from a certain model. You can change it at any time.

Gain Admin Privileges at

The best way to tinker with your wireless settings is to access the admin panel at the IP address. To do that you will need to type in your router’s private IP in the address bar of your favorite internet browser (Firefox, Opera, or Chrome for example) and hit enter. Before you do that, you should check two things:

  • That your private IP is indeed You can check that in the user manual, or the label on the back of the device
  • That you are connected to the correct network.

You will probably be prompted to enter a username and password before you can log into your router at the IP The default logins should be “admin” for both.

Use as your Private IP

There might be many reasons why you might want to change your private IP address from its current is to or vice-versa. The most common ones are related to security concerns regarding using the same default private IP address as the rest of the routers from the same brand and model as yours. Taking this simple security measure doesn’t require any tech-savvy on your part. You just need to:

  • Connect to the Router’s WiFi
  • Open the admin menu
  • Click on the Network Settings Tab
  • Fill in as your new private IP
  • Hit Enter and restart your wireless connection

Set up a name for your router’s WiFi

The technical term for your WiFi’s name is Service Set Identifier (SSID). In most cases, you can easily change it from the admin panel at First, log into the admin menu and look for the Wireless Settings option there. The SSID will be in a prominent place on that menu. Feel free to pick up any name for your network you’d like, as long as it is creative and respectful. In case you are using the at the office, a more conservative option would be the name of your department or that of your business.

Set Up a password for your router’s WiFi

In addition to the SSID, the Wireless Settings menu in the admin panel at gives you the opportunity to change the password users need to fill in to log onto your network. This password is different than the one used to get into the router’s settings and is your first line of defense against unauthorized use of your wireless connection. Most routers don’t have a default password set up, so it is of utmost importance that you choose one that is hard to break. Make sure to save any changes you make to the settings before exiting the admin panel.

Fix Common issues

The most common problems users encounter include:

  • No connection to – that usually means that either you are not connected to the right WiFi, or your private IP address is different. You can try connecting to the router directly via an Ethernet cable – in that case, you will need to use a desktop PC or a laptop. Also, check the label on the back of the device to make sure is your private IP.
  • No overall internet connection – restart your router and make sure the LAN cable is properly plugged in. If that doesn’t work, you might have to give your ISP a call.