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Ways to find the default IP address of a SMC® wireless router

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What are the ways to find the default IP address for a SMC wireless router?

IP address is a traditional way to set an identity of a computer or a networking device. A set of numbers falling in a specific range is provided to each computer or network device. Computers and networking devices are identified using an IP address. SMC router is the central point of communication in a wireless network. Each computer on the network communicates with each other through a wireless router. The default IP address of the router is 192.168.1.1 which is the identity of the router in the network. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a service that runs in the router which maintains a list of IP addresses which can be provided to client computers. As soon as the request to access the router or the network is made by any client computer, the DHCP service supplies the IP address from the list and the communication is established.

Guidelines to find the default IP address of a SMC wireless router:
  • Determining the IP address of a SMC wireless router
  • Conflicts
  • Setting range of IP address

Determining the IP address of a SMC wireless router

The default IP address of a SMC wireless router is 192.168.1.1. You can also refer to the router manual to find the default IP address. If the IP address has been changed, you can go to any computer which is connected with the router and double-click on the ‘Network’ icon and click ‘Details’. The Details tab will display all the information related to IP settings. You can see the gateway address on the detail screen and that is the IP address of the router. The command ‘IPCONFIG’ can also be used to find IP address related information.

Conflicts

IP conflicts occur when two or more computers or devices on the network share the same IP address. If you have an access point or a repeater, they may have the same IP address that your router has. So, you need to change the IP address of the router or the conflicting device. No computer or device on the network should have the same IP address.

Setting range of IP address

If you are installing a SMC router to an existing wireless network, you need to check if the routers IP address falls in the range of the IP address that is already being used on the network. If not, you need to change the IP range of the router by accessing the router configuration page.

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