Every router is assigned individual IP addresses for the two different interfaces it interacts with – a public IP address assigned by the modem for communication over the internet and a private IP address for communication within the local network (LAN) itself. 192.168.1.13 is a reserved private IP address of the registered private network 192.168.1.0 and is usually used for smaller networks hence its subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 which means the last 8 bits are used to identify the hosts in the network.
Routers have the responsibility of assigning private IP addresses to the devices connected to the local network, which they accomplish with the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). A gateway or a proxy server is establish a connection between the internet and the private network. 192.168.1.13 is a widely accepted individual IP address for routers.
How to Log in to 192.168.1.13 IP Address?
Private addresses like 192.168.1.13 are invisible to the internet, so having a running internet is not a requirement to log in to such IP addresses. However, Connect your device to the router by either an Ethernet cable or wirelessly. Ensuring this, you have to follow the steps given below to log in the 192.168.1.13 IP address:
- Copy and paste this URL in the address bar of a browser such as Chrome or Safari – https://192.168.1.13 and press enter. You will see a page for logging into the 192.168.1.13 IP address.
- This screen will now ask you for the username and password to allow you to access the router admin panel. Unless you have changed the login credentials, enter the default ones to proceed.
- Check if one of these corresponds to your default login username and password by using them to log in to the 192.168.1.13 interface.
Sometimes while trying to access the interface of IP address 192.168.1.13, the browser will respond with a message like:
“This site cannot be reached.
It took too long to respond.”
When you find yourself in this situation, there are a few possibilities:
- You did not enter the IP address accurately. If this is the case, then enter the correct IP and retry.
- 192.168.1.13 is not the private IP address corresponding to your router. To find out if this is true, continue reading for how to know your router’s IP address.
Access Your Router Admin Panel
You first need to learn how to figure out your router’s private IP address like 192168.1.13. The different techniques to do that depending on which OS you’re using are below:
- Open Command Prompt in your device.
- Type the command – “ipconfig” and press enter.
- Information regarding your device’s IP address will appear. Find the section with the title – “Wireless LAN Adapter WiFi”.
In this section, you will see a field called “Default Gateway:” which will contain the private IP address you are looking for.
- Open Terminal in your device.
- Execute the command – “route –n”.
- The Kernel IP Routing Table will appear which will have a column named “Gateway”. You will find your router’s private IP address here.
- Go to System Preferences > Internet & Wireless > Network > Wi-Fi.
- After this, click on “Advanced” and then click on the “TCP/IP” tab.
- You will see numerous fields, one of them being “Router:” which will give you the router’s private IP address.
Now that you understand how to find your router’s private IP address (192.168.1.13), you can easily use it to get to the login screen of your router’s admin panel following which you will be in a requirement to enter the username and password. Once you do that, you will shall triumphantly be logged into the router admin panel.
Changing Your Router’s Private IP Address
If you wish to modify the current IP address of your router, you can do so by using the router admin panel. To do this, you must understand these easy steps:
- Log in to your router admin panel by following the steps mentioned above.
- Go to Basic Setup and click “next” to continue to your network configurations.
- See LAN under the Network Configuration title where you will also find your router’s current private IP address.
- You will be able to modify the last two octets of the IP address. You can set it to 192.168.1.13 or some other valid private IP address. Remember that you can use any number from range 1 to 254 for the last two octets. Also, make sure that you don’t assign an address that is already assigned to another device in the network.
- Now click on Apply and let your router reboot.
- Once this is done, check your router’s IP address once again to ensure that it has been changed.
What to Do if you Forget Router’s Username and Password?
If you are unable to log in to your router admin panel because you don’t know the credentials you require then there are two possibilities:
- You don’t know the default username and password of your router.
- You did not note down the username and password you set for your router, and now you can’t remember them.
If it’s the second case, then there is only one solution – find the reset button on your router to revert the router to its original factory settings. This way, you will have to use the default login credentials, and from there you can change them as per your wishes. But you’ll also need to perform some network configurations to restore the router’s functionality according to your need.
Now there’s just one concern, how to get your router’s default login credentials? For this, you can try one of the following methods:
- Refer your router’s user manual which must have the default username and password along with much other useful information regarding router configuration. If you do not have the hard copy, you can search for it on Google by searching for the router’s model number along with “user manual”.
- Websites like https://www.routerpasswords.com/ and https://portforward.com/router-password/ are quite useful to find the default login credentials belonging to various router brands.
- It may also be possible that the username and password are present on the router itself on a sticker. Look for the sticker and use the credentials mentioned on it to log in.
How to Troubleshoot Router Errors?
Restart your router – Whenever you’re facing fluctuating internet connectivity, slow responses or inactive LED signals, turn off your router and tap it back on after waiting for a few minutes. More often than not, this solution works, and your network starts working correctly.
Ensure there are no loose cables – Sometimes, routers don’t function as they’re supposed to because the cables are plugged in carelessly. The cause is little, but the effect is not, and people usually blame the manufacturing companies.
Refer your router’s user manual – Reading manuals can be boring, but it’s always useful. It can have all the information you need such as the meaning of all the LED signals, how to configure it, what are the router’s specifications, security settings, tips on troubleshooting and much more.
Location of the router – Location of the router is very important, in a way that the antenna receives and transmits signals without interruptions. Ensure that there are not metal devices surrounding the router and blocking its signal.
So it’s natural that there will be conflicts in frequency and channel usage. A less congested channel is preferable, and you can decide which channel to use by analyzing them all using tools such as SolarWinds WiFi analyzer or NetSpot.
Don’t let your router overheat – Overheating results in internet disconnectivity and wear out of the router before its lifetime. Keeping the router’s vents clean by blowing compressed air can be useful to prevent overheating.
There are many things to learn about IP addresses and routers, and I hope this article presented useful insights into the private IP address 192.168.1.13 and accessing the router admin panel. You can use the router admin panel for modifying LAN settings and WAN settings, see which devices are connected to the local network, make your WiFi speed faster, use DNS facilities, alter your MAC settings, enforce security in your network, and much more.