Some broadband routers sold outside the USA (Philips, Senao etc.) may have 192.168.1.2 as their default internal IP address. However, one might face a few issues using this IP address for the main gateway of a home or small office LAN.
192.168.1.1 — this is the default local IP address a router would most commonly get from a U.S. manufacturer, seller or ISP. When the router is installed at home or in office, all other LAN machines, from desktops to cameras and game consoles, receive internal IPs in the similar range (192.168.1.2 to 192.168.l.254). The devices connected to the broadband router/wireless access point may receive IP addresses automatically (DHCP address assignment mode), but IPs are quite often set manually as well (‘Static’ mode).
Issues with 192.168.1.2
Issues with 192.168.1.2 as router’s IP address start when another machine on the same LAN or WLAN already has the 192.168.1.2 IP address manually assigned to it — in this situation both devices will have connectivity problems due to IP conflict. If one of your desktops or laptops has 192.168.1.2 as a manually set IP address (usually the setting comes from your previous home LAN configuration or was assigned for some other local network, e.g. your office LAN), and you install a new router which you bought outside the U.S., watch out for system messages saying:
- The configured static IP is already in use
- There is an IP address conflict with another machine on the network
If one of those appear, or you fail to get the broadband Internet connection, find out the router’s exact IP address by typing the following command
ipconfig | findstr /i "Gateway"
in command prompt mode (Start>Search>cmd).
Fix the IP address conflict by changing the static local IP address of the machine or by setting another IP address for your router. Make sure you write down or memorize the new router IP: after you make the changes in the ‘Network Configuration’ or ‘Local Network’ tab of its control panel and the new settings take effect, you’ll have to use the new IP address every time you log into the router’s administrative console.