Although 192.168.o.1 is a free to use private IP address, it is more commonly known as the default IP address found especially in D-Link and Netgear routers. Though not impossible or illegal, competing manufacturers usually do not use this IP address as part of their router’s default settings. As mentioned earlier, 192.168.o.1 is a free to use private IP address which means that any router in the world can use this IP as long as it is the only device using it within the network. As long as the networks are different however, any router can use this IP address to connect to the internet. Using the same IP address on more two routers within the same network will probably cause IP clashes and thus, you will need to change any one of the router’s IP from the administrator console. You can find the administrator console on your browser by typing in http://192.168.o.1 in the address bar.
Private IPs like 192.168.o.1 are used only for individual devices and in local networks, as specified by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority or IANA. The IANA has specified the following series of numerals as private IP addresses: 10.0.0.0 – 10.255.255.255, 169.254.0.0 – 169.254.255.255, 172.16.0.0 – 172.31.255.255 and 192.168.0.0 – 192.168.255.255. It is so arranged that any outside computer, attempting to connect to a certain device within a network with this IP will have to go through an additional level of security known as Network Address Translation or NAT. Also, the networked device will find it impossible to connect to the World Wide Web if it uses 192.168.o.1 or any other private IP addresses.
There are quite a few advantages as to using 192.168.o.1 as your IP address and though you can easily change it, consider them before doing so. A common fact in also some of the other popular private IP addresses, 192.168.o.1 can in addition be used as the default gateway while setting up the internet link. Using 192.168.o.1 as your IP also makes sure that you do not need an additional DHCP server and that does not interfere with the quality of the connection either. Information flow while using this Internet Protocol address is usually smooth, so network administrators prefer it over some of the other IPs. Perhaps the best fact about using 192.168.o.1 is that it is very popular and common universally. This is a real advantage because it makes finding information regarding issues a lot easier on the internet. You will find dedicated forums, articles; blogs and help pages to assist you with any troubleshooting that you might need to do.
Before actually searching for solutions to problems related with the IP address 192.168.o.1, make sure that the router you are using is working properly by checking all the flashing indicators. If you have made each and every one the connections properly and your router seems to be working correctly, then the next thing to check is if any other device is sharing the IP address with this one. If that is the case, then you will have to change the Internet Protocol address on any one of the two devices.
On ensuring that this is not the problem either, go to the manufacturer’s webpage for support on troubleshooting. In most cases, the culprit turns out to be an improperly configured settings option. If required, revert your router to its factory settings and start configuring it step by step from the beginning. You will most likely find your answer here, but if you do not, just search the entire internet with keywords specific to your model, IP and problem.