Home broadband routers are assigned two IP addresses. One IP address connects to external networks such as the internet, and the other communicates with devices located inside the home or office network.
Internet providers supply a public IP address for the external 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 is assigned a default private IP address when it is manufactured. The specific value depends on the brand and model of router, and usually, every router from one manufacturer has the same default IP address.
The administrator must know the IP address to connect to the router console in a web browser to 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. Open any web browser, such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Firefox, and input the Belkin default IP URL in the browser address field in this format:
This address is sometimes referred to as the default gateway address because client devices rely on the router as their gateway to the internet. Computer operating systems sometimes use this term on network configuration menus.
If you can't access the Belkin web-based configuration screen using the default IP address, enter http://router in the address bar of the web browser instead.
Default Usernames and Passwords
You must enter the administrator username and password before you can access the router console. It's a good idea to change this information when you set up the router. If you need the default username and password for the Belkin router, try the following:Default usernames: admin, Admin, or blankDefault passwords: admin, password, or blank
If you changed the defaults and lost the new credentials, reset the router, 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 the local IP address, with the manufacturer defaults. Even if an administrator changed the default address, resetting the router changes it back to the default.
Resetting a router is necessary only in rare situations in which the unit was updated with incorrect settings or invalid data, such as a 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 to its default IP address. A 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 installed on the network.
Some homeowners prefer to use an address that's easy to remember, but 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 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 media access control (MAC address) but not the local IP addresses.
If you have trouble with the router connection speed, the problem isn't caused by the default IP address. Update the system software, check for updated drivers, and relocate the router closer to internet-connected devices to improve the speed of the connection.