When you get set up with a new Asus router, consider changing the internal IP address. The process is easier than you think and it will protect you in the long run.
What is an IP Address?
IP stands for Internet Protocol and its a way to identify a specific machine (like a computer) over the internet. An IP address consists of a series of numbers and periods. If you know the IP address of a machine, you can communicate with it directly over the internet.
How Does it Pertain to My Router?
Your router has two IP addresses: an internal one and an external one. Also called a local IP address, the internal address allows you to access the router control panel and make necessary changes to its configuration.
Unless you’ve already changed it, your internal IP address is set to the factory standard. For Asus routers, this is typically 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
Why Should I Change my Internal IP Address?
You don’t have to change it, but doing so will afford you an added level of security in case someone were to gain access to your router login information. They won’t be able to login without knowing your IP address as well. But if your internal IP address remains the same factory standard, then it won’t be difficult for them to figure out.
How Do I Change My Internal IP Address?
The process for changing your Asus router IP address may differ somewhat depending on the type of Asus router you have. However, it should be largely similar. The following directions are for an Asus 68U router.
- Login to your router on your computer.
- Click LAN in the sidebar.
- Click LAN IP near the top of the page.
- Activate the box labeled IP Address with your cursor.
- Enter the new number.
- Click Apply.
But, How Do I Log In To My Asus Router?
Not sure how to log in? All you’ll need is your username, password, and internal IP Address. If you haven’t changed it, then try the defaults listed in this article.
- Open your web browser.
- Type your IP address where you would normally type a web address.
- Press Enter.
- Login using your username and password.
Then What Happens?
You will probably lose internet connection right after you apply the changes. Just reboot your router to restore the connection. You may also need to reboot your computer and any other device that relies on the router for internet access. Then, of course, you’ll want to write that IP address down somewhere.