We’re going to learn about another one of Private IP(Internet Protocol) addresses i.e., 192.168.1.254 today. Private addresses, let me remind you, are those who, being unrouted as they are, can be used by a number of Institutions. These are also found in households for personal use. These unique IP addresses are also termed as Default Gateways in more technical terminology.
The private IP addresses may look like a series of gibberish to someone who is naive when it comes to technology. On the contrary, to anyone with even a little knowledge, they are a quaint series of numbers. (Separated by dots)
So, this was just about the private addresses. What about the other ones? The free ones?
You must be wondering what they are. Let me solve that mystery for you.
- 1 Understanding Public IP Addresses( The “Whats And The Hows”)
- 2 Getting To Know 192.168.1.254 Upclose
- 3 Using 192.168.1.254 To Log In
Understanding Public IP Addresses( The “Whats And The Hows”)
The “other” IP addresses are the free ones. These are the IP addresses that are ordinarily and commonly used by everyone.
Someone (if you observe) you may stumble across IP addresses like:
This is how a public IP address may look like, recalling segments about IP addresses, we can apply it here. That tells us, the first three parts (from left) are addresses of the network, while the last one is what masks the identity of the system(system id).
These are primarily the ones that come in use to access the internet without any restriction. Public IPs ought not to be duplicated. Hence they are assigned one, each user. These are the ones to whom we can credit our surfing, video calling, facetime, file upload/download, etc. So, the public IP addresses like 192.168.1.254 do more than we would have guessed.
We have been enlightened about both these beautiful types, but how to do we distinguish two of them? Which one is better? What are the contrasts?
Distinguishing (Public And Private IP Addresses)
We can spot loads of dis-similarities between the two. Let us try to summarize them in points:
- The first and most important one is The Security factor. The private addresses are restrictive about their access to the internet. On the other hand, free ones are not. You can use them freely and openly to access anything on the internet.
- The next one has to be the Uniqueness thing. One private IP address comes in use by a number of institutions inside their own network. This is not the case with Public ones as they are distinctive for each user.
- For using private IP addresses, you do not require any permission. They are not regulated and supervised by any government bodies, whereas Various regulatory agencies keep a keen eye on the use of the counterpart(Public IP addresses).
All said and done, how will you know which of the above IP addresses are you using. For this purpose, many sites are available. They show you several IPs sending them data/query requests. If your IP 192.168.1.254 shows up in that list, then you are a proud public IP address user, if not, you know the answer.
One more thing. We know, only one user can use one unique Public address. Consequently, people are getting more interested in private ones. Proxy servers come to their rescue, with which they can browse the internet.
Let’s take a very common on Netflix. A beloved “binge” app. People who don’t have accounts use VPNs and proxy servers for the same.
We are returning to 192.168.1.254. We know it is a private IP address, but so are others. What more is there to know about it? Let us figure out.
Getting To Know 192.168.1.254 Upclose
One thing worth mentioning is that the series “192.168.0.0 – 192.168.255.255”(without quotes) is all for private addresses. That is why all lectures that we have encountered till now have two or three parts(from left) unchanged. From the given range, the first(192.168.1.0) and the last (192.168.255.255) comes in use for particular purposes, and the others come in use as private addresses.
Also, all these are default gateways.
192.168.1.254 comes in use by a number of leading router manufacturers and companies. (Aztec and 2wire are just the tips of the iceberg.)
Also, they allow you to log in to your router settings, just like the others do.
Another scenario is what happens if we write 192.168.1.254 as 192.168.I.254, by mistake? See what the error is? I have typed big “I” instead of one. But this won’t be comprehended correctly. It will not take you to the desired page. That is because IP addresses are numerical only.
Using 192.168.1.254 To Log In
You may want to modify the details you used to log in previously or may want to change your wifi’s name. There may be some other thing you want to customize. For doing any of this, you’d require access to your router’s home(index) page. This is taken care of if you log in with the IP address.
Majority of steps remain the same:
- Then again, in the first step, open the browser window. When you open it, type the correct IP address(https://192.168.1.254) in the address bar.
- Pressing enter leads you to the next step. Here you have to fill out your details to log in. Do it carefully, enter to proceed.
- If all goes as foreseen, you will be going to the page where you can make desired changes.
Note: You might want to change the default id and password to something else, as it jeopardizes the security. (Default id and password for 192.168.1.254 is admin, mostly)
Also, the password should be a mixture of all elements. This protects it from guesswork and, thus, hacking.
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