A computer network is a system composed of two or more interconnected computers that communicate with each other. Each computer in a network has a unique numerical and logical identifier termed as Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Any device that connects to or participates in a network is assigned an IP address. The router’s Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is utilized to automatically designate IP addresses to computers that belong to its network.

An IP address is composed of binary numbers; however, they are displayed in numerical form to make them human-readable. An IP address is classified as a 32-bit number under the Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) system. The internet protocol is also responsible for routing data packets between networks. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has reserved the range between and for private networks.

What Is is the default IP address for specific types of broadband routers. SMC and Belkin broadband routers use this IP address as their default gateway. The routers use Network Address Translation (NAT) to correctly recognize and route information to the computers in their network.

Private IP addresses can be used repeatedly, as long as they are used in separate networks. should only be used by one device in the network; otherwise, address conflicts will occur and cause network malfunctions. If your router uses, you should not assign this IP address to any other device in the network. is a private IP address, which means you can’t use this IP address to connect to your router from outside your home network.

Accessing the router administrator console

The router’s administrator console can be accessed by typing in the web browser.

The administrator console or router configuration page is used to set up router capabilities such as PPPoE (Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet), PPPoA (Point to Point Protocol over ATM), Firewall settings, Mac Access Control, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), etc.

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