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What does mean? is a common Internet Protocol (IP) address for many wireless home routers, used to access administrative functions.

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Examples of


Examples of
the Battle of was just horrific. lost so many friends there.
@maxjrosenthal, May, 2018
Me: Yea, you had your ip set as which is typically used by a gateway. Professor: That is strange, Is a dell. Me: lolz noob!
@evilmaverick, October, 2008
If you’re using a Netgear router, simply enter http://www.routerlogin.net in the address bar of your browser or navigate to The username is almost always “admin,” and the password will either be “password” or “1234” if you’re using an older device.
Brad Bourque, Digital Trends, January, 2018

Where does come from?

Just as someone needs your mailing address if they want to send you a letter, your computer needs what’s called an Internet Protocol (IP) address to send and receive messages across the internet. This IP address is a unique string of numbers, in a specific pattern, separated by periods. One common one is, baffling many everyday internet users.

Back in 1996, some internet powers that be, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, had to pick a handful of addresses for use in closed networks, not public ones. One was The form is called “dot-decimal,” meaning is a decimal conversion of 11000000.10101000 in binary code, with all those 1s and 0s corresponding to the size of the address (i.e., how many individual addresses it can support). The first three digits, 192.168, identify the computer network address while the last two digits signify the actual computer (“host”) address. For in-the-weeds reasons, the last two digits vary (eg., 0.0 or 1.0), so sometimes is referred to as 192.168.x.y.

OK … so what does all this mean? This part is pretty simple. Typing in is an easy way to access the administrative functions of your router, the device that connects your computer to the internet. This is useful if you need to troubleshoot a network problem, or, say, change the password of your router.

Who uses

If you’re having issues with your wireless connection or password, knowing the numbers will come in handy (but only if your router uses that address). If technology really isn’t your thing, your computer-savvy friend will probably recommend that you type in or some variation of it. IT folks sometimes use in memes to poke fun of the computer-illiterate or make other inside jokes that our over our language-loving heads here at Dictionary.com.

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