What’s 192.168.1.2 used to do? Is it your default gateway? Can it be your default gateway? Is it possible to use it as a static IP? It is possible to use it. You’ll find all the answers in the following article.
What kind of IP address is 192.168.1.2
192.168.1.2 comes from a dedicated block of private addresses (192.168.x.x) within the Class C block of IP addresses (192.0.0.0-220.127.116.11).
The meaning of private in private IP address
The word “private” in a syntagma private IP address means that the address is not available to the public on the internet and can only be used in small private networks (aka LANs). Your router, access points, and wireless bridges, as well as any other device that connects to your home network, will be given a private IP address. This IP address is like a phone number that is unique to each device. It makes it possible for them to talk to each other. The companies that make routers and other network gear give them private IP addresses. Your router gives IP addresses to other devices like laptops, phones, PCs, tablets, printers, smart speakers, etc.
All LAN networks in your local area, or around the world, can use the same set private addresses for internal communications. While your computer may have 192.168.1.4 as its address, the first neighbor could have the exact same address for its printer. And it’ll all be fine as long as these private addresses are used on two different LANs.
Devices within a LAN communicate with one another using private IP addresses. How do they get to the internet? Your ISP has assigned a public IP address to your router. The request to access a website from your computer is sent to the router. Private IP addresses can be used to communicate this information. The router then transmits the request to the DNS server, usually owned by the ISP. This server determines the IP address for the website you wish to visit and provides feedback to your router. Public IP addresses are used to communicate between the router and DNS servers.
Only private IP addresses can be used by devices in your local network, as well as your networking equipment. The default gateway (default address) is the address that your router/access point/range extension has been assigned. Host IP addresses are addresses that are assigned to your computer, laptop, or other devices used to access the internet. The host IP address can be either dynamic (assigned automatically to the router) or static (“assigned manually by yourself”).
192.168.1.2 can be both – default gateway and host address (but not at the same time). Like any private IP, it is dynamic or static.
What devices use 192.168.1.2 Default Gateway?
Although not the most commonly used default gateway, 192.168.1.2 is still an option for some manufacturers. The following are some of the most well-known brands, and models, that use 192.168.1.2 to be their default gateway:
Rosewill (wireless router – RNX-R4)
Zyxel (access points – G-570U, PLA4231, NWA1100-N, NWA-3160; range extenders – WRE6606; wireless bridges – WAP5605, WAP5805; router – NBG6604)
Dane-Elec (media streamer)
EnGenius (ESR-9710, ERB-9250)
Fortinet (FAP-210B, FAP-14C)
Is 192.168.1.2 my default Gateway?
There is always at least one way to find your default gateway, no matter what device you are using. The easiest way that works for all devices is to look at the bottom of your router. On the label, you may be able to find the default gateway.
Here’s what you need to do if the label doesn’t show the default IP.
What Can I Do with 192.168.1.2 if it’s My Default Gateway?
If you have any of the above devices, you can use the address 192.168.1.2 to get to the dashboard for that device (web console). You might be asking yourself why you would do this.
Well, you have to use your router’s web console if you want to change your network settings, set a password, enable sharing (Samba, FTP, DLNA), adjust parental controls, firewall settings, set preferences, create a guest network, or change anything else about your wireless network. You need to type in the default IP address in order to access it. The first steps are these.
Step 1: Type http://192.168.1.2 into the address bar of your browser. This is the default IP address. Make sure you don’t type it into the search bar, or you won’t get the same result.
STEP 2: LOGIN – Enter your router’s default credentials (Username and Password). Below is an example screen for a login screen. Rosewill RNX-4R is the router in this example. This router uses as its default gateway 192.168.1.2.
Example of a login screen of Rosewill RNX-R4 wireless router (default username – Admin, default password – n/a)
If you don’t know your default username and password, you can find it on the label/sticker on the back (or bottom) of your router. It can also be found in the manual or on manufacturer’s official website.
How do I change my network SSID or password?
Once you log into your router’s dashboard, you can change whatever settings you want, including wi-fi network name (SSID) and wi-fi password. The most common action is to change the SSID and password. Most users don’t really experiment with any other settings, because they are afraid of making a mistake. We’ll show you how to change an SSID and password on the previously mentioned Rosewill RNX-R4.
The setup wizard for this router is very easy. Follow the on-screen instructions and click on Wireless Settings.
STEP 1 – Open Wireless Settings and click Next
STEP 2 – Enter the desired network name (SSID) and click Next
STEP 3 – Select wireless security protocol (preferably WPA2) and click Next
STEP 4 – Enter new password and click Next
STEP 5 – Confirm changes
192.168.1.2 for a HostIP Address
The host IP address 192.168.1.2 is used more often. One of the most popular default gateways on routers and other devices, 192.168.1.2, is evident. 192.168.1.1. The DHCP pool for most routers starts at 192.168.1.2. This means that the router’s first device will get this address. And that’s how 192.168.1.2 becomes the host IP address.
Your router assigns a unique private IP address to each connected device in your home wi-fi network. In your router’s dashboard, you will find DHCP settings and a DHCP pool. This pool refers to the range of addresses that your router assigns each device connected to the network. For example, if your default IP is 192.168.1.1, the DHCP pool may look like this: 192.168.1.2-192.168.1.254.
If the first available address is 192.168.1.2 in the DHCP Pool, then it will be automatically assigned (probably to the router setup PC). If the address is assigned automatically (without your intervention), then it’s considered a dynamic IP address. The dynamic IP address is not always assigned to the same device.
The DHCP lease period is a parameter that you can find in the router settings. Devices that connect to your home wi-fi don’t get to use IP addresses indefinitely. Your router will only allow them to lease their IP addresses for a limited time (also known as the lease time). The router will check to see if the device has been connected before the lease time ends. If the router finds that the device is still connected, it will lease it the same IP number again. If it’s not, the router will take the address back and will give it to the next device that connects to your wi-fi.
Certain applications require that all devices have the same IP addresses at all times. You might have a printer that is connected to your network. If you want to access the printer from different devices, you should have the same address.
In this case, you will need to give your printer a fixed IP address by hand. Any address in the DHCP pool of the router can be either a static or a dynamic IP, but if you want to make an IP address static, you should take it out of the DHCP pool. Here’s what I mean:
Let’s say that your DHCP pool is 192.168.1.254 and that your default IP address is 192.168.1.1. Let’s also say that you want to give your printer the first available address. You will need to make a small change to the DHCP pool to make it smaller and set the start address to 192.168.1.3. (You must exclude 192.168.1.2). Then, you’ll need to go to DHCP reservation, enter the MAC address of the device you want to give a static IP to (in our example, it’s your printer), and enter the address you reserved for it (the one you excluded from the DHCP pool). This is how an IP address stays the same.
Troubleshooting 192.168.1.2 – IP Conflicts
If you make a DHCP reservation but don’t exclude 192.168.1.2 from the DHCP pool, your router may assign the exact same address as a dynamic IP to some device connected to the network. You will then have two devices connected with the same LAN and the same IP address. This phenomenon is called an IP conflict. An IP conflict will result in both devices being disconnected from the network. You must first release both the IP addresses on the devices, and then you need to make a DHCP reservation.