Admin Login To a Router at 192.168.100.1
The 192.168.100.1 Router manages your home or office network. You can get some basic features running by simply plugging in the device. Many modern routers come factory-ready to perform their duties. You can't go wrong with tinkering with the configuration settings of your 192.168.100.1 router, though. You can get your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to come and do the job. It may take some time that you'd rather spend enjoying the benefits of a fully functional Wi-Fi network. You can opt for undertaking the task yourself.
Getting access to your home or office router ensures you can get the most out of your Wi-Fi network. The process is simple enough to perform even by people who aren't particularly tech-savvy. All you need to do to log into your 192.168.100.1 router is to follow several simple steps.
First, you need an internet-ready device. A laptop, tablet, PC, and smartphone will do the trick. Switch on the device If you are using a handheld device such as a phone or a tablet, use the Wi-Fi network. If you have a laptop or a PC at your disposal, it's best to connect it to the router via an Ethernet cable. That will provide you with a more stable connection.
Now you can proceed to log into your 192.168.100.1 router. Open a web browser of your choice like:
- Google Chrome;
- Mozilla Firefox;
- MS Edge;
Enter the router address – 192.168.100.1 – in the search bar and enter the device's login page. Now you will have to use the login details of your router to proceed. You will find the username and password in the user manual or at the back of the device itself.
Note that the default username and password will be valid only if the router is brand new. If you've used it before or got it second hand, you may have to use different login details. Most routers prompt the user to change the username and password after the initial login. In the event you don't know or don't remember the username and password you need, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Don't worry! You aren't permanently locked out of your 192.168.100.1 router. All you need to do is perform a factory reset of the device. Here is how you do it:
- Power on the device. Press and hold the reset button. Note some devices require a pin or a paper clip to do that. Hold the button for 30 seconds.
- Keep holding the reset button and unplug the router so that it powers down. Wait 30 seconds more.
- Plug the cord back in and wait for additional 30 seconds before you head back to the user interface page at 192.168.100.1.
Now you can use the default username and password from the user manual or the back of the device. You will log into the interface successfully.
Configure Your Router With 192.168.100.1
Congratulations, you've already logged into your router's interface at 192.168.100.1! Now comes the time to make the setting adjustments that will allow you to get the most out of your network. Don't sweat over the many acronyms and numbers you are seeing. Even if you mess something up, it won't be the end of the world. You can return everything to the default settings with the press of a button. There are several changes and adjustments to make first, but we'd recommend starting with the General Settings Menu. When you click on the tab, find the Router Password (or similar) field. Enter a new password for your router and save the changes. There should be a username field as well. You can change it. In that way, you will customize your router's login information to match your preferences.
Changing The Local 192.168.100.1 IP Address
Your router has two IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. One is public, the other is local. For your convenience, you can change the device's local IP. That will make it unique to your network and increase security. Note that once you change the router's local IP, you will not be able to access its interface at 192.168.100.1. If you choose a new local IP, make sure to write it down or remember it well.
- Click on the Setup Menu tab
- Go to Network Settings
- Find Router Settings and type the new local IP address
- Save the changes
Changing The Name Of The Wi-Fi Network
Now that you've finished the basic setup of your router, you can dig deeper into the possible settings adjustments. The name of your Wi-Fi network is as good a place to start as any. The SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the name that helps your wireless network stand out among others in the vicinity. You can choose any name that you deem suitable. For an office network, the name of your company might be a good choice. For your home wireless network, you can go wild.
- Open the Setup Menu
- Find the Wireless Settings tab
- Find the SSID field and type the network name you've chosen
- Save the changes
In the same place, you will find a field to add a password to your Wi-Fi network. You should choose a strong password to avoid your network getting hijacked. Only people with the password will be able to use your internet connection.
Once you are done with the network name and password, you've finished the essential parts of setting up your network security. Don't hesitate to explore the other options your 192.168.100.1 router has. The types of settings depending on the make and model of your router. Some modern devices even allow you to set up multiple networks or a VPN service, for example.
More About the IP 192.168.100.1
192.168.100.1 is your router's gateway or IP address. It's what the tech experts call your Wi-Fi network's head. You use the 192.168.100.1 IP to access your router's interface. It also allows your other devices (smartphones, laptops, PCs) to connect to the router and the Internet from there. It's the way your router distributes the data packages to internet-capable devices.
Finding Your IP Address
192.168.100.1 is the default gateway IP for your router. It's the one you will find at the base of the device and in the user manual. If you don't have the manual and the label on the base is missing as well, you can check it via the website of the manufacturer. If none of these options work for you, you can use your computer to make sure what the router's local IP is.
For a computer that is running with a Microsoft Windows OS:
Go to the network icon at the bottom right of the screen. Open the menu and find the network you use to connect to the internet. Select the properties button and open the menu. You need to find the Ipv4 tab, which lists the local IP. It should look like 192.168.100.1 or something similar. That's the gateway IP address you are searching for.
For a computer that is running on Mac OS:
Open the Apple menu and find the System Preferences option. Select the network you use to connect to the internet. The gateway IP address is next to the word Router.
There isn't a way your local IP changes on its own. If the info on the base of your router says the local IP is 192.168.100.1 but the system information says otherwise, someone has changed it. It could be your ISP or the previous owner of the device. In any case, a factory reset will restore the gateway IP to 192.168.100.1. In any case, you need to know exactly what the gateway IP of your router is so that you can access the device's interface. Failing to do so will hinder the optimization of your network, its security, and any troubleshooting.
What Is An IP address Such As 192.168.100.1?
The local IP 192.168.100.1 is the address connected to your router. Only those will access to the network can see it. Note that manufacturers assign one or two local addresses to all devices they produce by default. That means 192.168.100.1 isn't a unique number. Most routers from the same brand will have it. If you want to bring your network's security to a new level, you might want to change it. The only way to do that is to visit the user interface at 192.168.100.1.
Another thing to know is that each device you connect to the internet receives a private IP. The address is similar to your router's private IP, but it's also different. For example, if the router is at 192.168.100.1, the first device you connect will be at 192.168.100.2. The second one will receive the 192.168.100.3 private IP and so on. All devices connected to the router receive such an address, including printers and scanners. They help the router communicate with them and distribute the necessary data packages.
You can change your gateway IP at any time and choose any string of digits you like. The exceptions are the ranges IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) have for their use:
- From 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255
- From 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255
- From 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255
Private Vs. Public IP Addresses
In addition to a private IP address such as 192.168.100.1, your router has a public IP as well. The ISP assigns the public IP from the range of numbers that are free from IANA's authority. The public IP enables the router to connect to and communicate with the internet. Websites see the device's public IP and send data packages to it. While the private IP never changes, unless you explicitly make the change, the public IP does. At least, that's what happens in most cases. ISPs have a range of public IPs at their disposal which they distribute among users. Each time you log off the internet, you vacate your public IP and someone else takes it. Websites and other web services often pay for a static public IP that doesn't change. They do it to ensure a more stable, continual connection to the World Wide Web.
Since any website or service can see your public IP, there are inherent security concerns with it. The public IP can reveal your physical location and other sensitive data. If you have any safety concerns at all, you might want to look into a VPN service. There are many such available for a fee. Make sure to check first if your router has a built-in VPN option. Many modern devices do have just that these days.