ipconfig screenshot is the most common ip address allocated to new routers, along with its close cousin it is often the gateway address allocated also.

A system called DHCP that runs on a router gives out ip addresses to computers attached to the router. The addresses may start at any address greater than but often will be allocated from a greater number such as

What follows are a few 'practical networking tips' for you to try. You really can't break much by pinging and doing a simple ipconfig on your own home network, so ping away!

To access a router type into your browser or explorer address bar. On some it may be 

You may well be ased for a username and password, common variations are as follows

usernames: admin, root, administrator

Passwords: blank, admin, password

Other Useful Basic Networking Terms

ipconfig screenshot


Ping Test

This is used to see it you can connect to another ip address and is the most fundamental test you can do to see if communication is possible. It can often be used to check to see if a firewall is blocking certain traffic.

IP address
An IP address is an address for a network adapter. The IP address uniquely identifies computers on a TCP/IP network.

This is a fancy term for the way most internet traffic bounces around, it stands for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and  Internet Protocol (IP).

Release IP Address

This is used when DHCP is being run and you want to give a new address because of a maybe a conflict or other reason.


Go on give it a go if you like! The IPCONFIG command is great as it tells you some useful things such as what IP addess you have been allocated on the client computer and also the gateway address if any.

The IP addesses we have been referring to here are called IPv4 addresses and are usually written in dot-decimal notation, which consists of the four octets of the address expressed in decimal and separated by periods (octet means eight bits)  = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 +16 + 32 + 64 + 128 =  255 max