192.168.5.1 is a private IPv4 address. It belongs to the block of private addresses within class C. This block includes all the addresses from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255. All the addresses from this block are reserved for private users and they can’t be routed on the internet.
192.168.5.1 is the first available address in 192.168.5.0/24 subnetwork. It can be used as a router’s default gateway but it’s not as popular as some other IP addresses (the most popular ones are 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, etc.). You will find it on some older router models made by DQ Technology (like VisionNet W203-4 wireless router), No Geek Needed (NGNHWI-N3 wireless router), ISKON (A1521 wireless router and ADSL modem) and ZyXEL (VMG5313-B30A ADSL modem and wireless router). ZyXEL also used to assign this address to its VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter P-2024.
192.168.5.1 as a Default Gateway
If 192.168.5.1 is your router’s or modem’s default gateway, you can use it to access device’s configuration page and adjust all the network-related settings. The first two things you should do when installing and configuring new router are changing your router’s username and password and your wireless network name and password. After that, you can do a lot of different things – you can adjust firewall settings, prevent some specific device from accessing your wireless network (MAC filtering), change parental control settings (prevent certain devices from accessing some web pages), assign static IP in DHCP pool or change DHCP pool settings, control internet traffic, etc.
In the example below, we will show you how to enter router’s configuration page and how to change your network name and password. The router used in the example was ZyXEL VMG5313-B30A.
Step 1 – Open your browser (you can use any browser – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or any other) and type in 192.168.5.1. After that, type in router’s username and password and click on Login. In our case, it was admin for both fields but it doesn’t have to be like that in your case. It all depends on the type of the router. If you don’t know your router’s username and password, you should read this helpful article.
Step 2 – The configuration page will open. Go to Network Settings Tab at the bottom of the page and select Wireless. If you are configuring some other router, the tabs can be at the top or on the side.
Step 3 – You can now change the wireless network name (SSID field), choose the security mode (WPA2-PSK is preferred), and change your wi-fi password (Pre-Shared Key Field), and click on Apply.
If you want to adjust firewall settings and parental settings, you can go to Security Tab and if you want to make a reservation in the DHCP pool, change the range of available addresses in DHCP pool or change DHCP lease time, you should go to Network Settings Tab and click on Home Networking.
192168.5.1 as a Host’s IP Address
In some cases, 192.168.5.1 could be one of the addresses assigned to your computer or some other device connected to some local area network but only if it’s one of the available addresses inside the DHCP pool. You will hardly see this address assigned to your PC, laptop, or phone, connected to your home network.
If your router’s default gateway is 192.168.5.1 and you can’t get to the login page, the first thing you should check is your typing. One simple typing mistake will prevent the page from opening. So, if you type in 192.168.1.5 or 192.168.15.1 or any other address that’s not the default gateway, you will get an error message.
If you have entered the address correctly and still can’t access the login page, you should check if this address is actually your default gateway.
If 192.168.5.1 is your default gateway and you still can’t access the login page, you should try to reset your router. Resetting the router will erase all the previous settings and you will have to configure everything again but, in some cases, that’s the only solution.
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I am writer and editor at RouterInstructions. I’ve been working as a network specialist for various employers for almost 15 years. In my lifetime, I have installed thousands of routers, modems, bridges, switches, etc. My job also includes designing, monitoring, and maintaining local area networks (LANs) as well as wide area networks (WANs). I want to share my knowledge and experience with you and help you understand the basics of IP addressing. I am also going to write about routers, network security, and other network-related topics.