192.168.8.1 is another IP address in a series of default IP addresses. Just like a bunch of previous IP addresses, 192.168.8.1 is an address from the block C, specifically one of the private addresses within this block (those with the common format – 192.168.x.x). This address is rarely used as a default gateway, but there are still some manufacturers like Eminent and Huawei that assign this address to some of their devices. Eminent is a Dutch company that makes all kinds of electronic devices and many of its routers have this address assigned as a default gateway. Huawei is a well-known Chinese company. Huawei assigns 192.168.8.1 mostly to its mobile Wi-Fi devices (Wi-Fi dongles or MiFi devices).
Things you should know about IP addresses
As you probably know, IP addressing is what makes networking possible. IP addressing is a unique way of assigning addresses to all of the devices on some network. Just like we all must have a home address or a phone number in order to receive (or send mail) or take calls, our computers (or any other device we are using to access the internet or a home network) must have a unique address in order to get recognized on the network.
Every IP address has the same format. This format is defined by the set of rules called IPv4 that was established during the 1970s and it is still in use (IP stands for Internet Protocol). This protocol defines any IP address as a code made of 32 bits arranged in 4 octets (basically, it’s a string of 32 1s and 0s). That’s at least what our electronic devices (routers, computers, phones) perceive as an IP address. Each of these octets represents a number within a scope from 0 to 255 and that’s what we perceive as an IP address (for example, the one from the title 192.168.8.1 consists of four numbers – 192, 168, 8, and 1 separated by dots).
The number of available IPv4 addresses is limited and there are approximately 4.3 billion addresses. All these addresses are split into 5 groups (classes – from A to E). Only three groups of addresses can be considered available (those from classes A, B, and C) while the other two classes of addresses are used for experimental purposes and multicast. The amount of available IP addresses within the first three classes is much smaller than the number of devices in need of a unique IP address. That’s why all the addresses (within these classes) are divided into 2 groups – public (routable through the internet) and private (non-routable). Introduction of private addresses along with the introduction of dynamic IP addresses and subnet masks (and subnetting) saved a great amount of IPv4 addresses and prolonged the life of this protocol.
Private IP addresses are used within a home (class C private addresses – 192.168.x.x) and corporate networks (usually class A private addresses – 10.x.x.x) and the good thing is that they can be used by more than one device. Bunch of computers in the world (each within a different home or corporate network) can use the same IP address (for example, your PC and your neighbor’s PC might have the same IP address and they are not in conflict since they are using this address within two separate home networks). Just like different PCs can have the same IP address, different routers or phones (or other devices) can have the same address.
Addresses assigned to routers are known as default gateways or default IP addresses. Manufacturers usually use class C addresses but using class A addresses is also an option and it’s not a violation of rules of IP addressing.
192.168.8.1 – Default Gateway for Huawei and Eminent devices
As we have already mentioned, this IP address is not as common as some others but Huawei assigns it to its mobile Wi-Fi dongles (like the one on the picture below) and Eminent assigns it to its wireless routers.
Huawei E5330 Mobile Wi-Fi dongle
You can use this address just like any other default IP – you just have to type it in your browser in order to get to the configuration page and adjust your network settings. In this article, we are going to show you how to change SSID and network password and how to change router’s username and password on Huawei and Eminent routers. These are the first two things you should do when configuring your router.
Changing SSID and Network Password on Huawei Wi-Fi Dongles and Eminent Routers
Huawei Wi-Fi Dongle
Step 1 – Type in 192.168.8.1 in your browser’s address bar and go to settings
Step 2 – You will be asked to enter your username and password. If this is the first time you are accessing configuration page enter admin in both fields.
Step 3 – In Settings, go to WLAN Tab, and click on WLAN Basic Settings
Step 4 – In WLAN Basic Settings window, click on Edit
Step 5 – You can enter the network name and password you like in those marked fields and then click on Apply.
Eminent Wireless Router
Step 1 – Type in 192.168.8.1 in the address bar of your browser.
Step 2 – You will have to enter the default username and password in order to get to the configuration page (admin-admin)
Step 3 – The configuration page will appear and you should click on Setup Tool
Step 4 – Click on Basic Setup and choose Wireless Setup from the submenu (The other option is to click on Advanced Setup Tab and choose Wireless Setup from the submenu). Enter the SSID, choose encryption type (WPA2 AES or TKIP), and enter the password. Click on Apply to save settings.
Changing Router’s Username and Password on Huawei Wi-Fi Dongles and Eminent Routers
Huawei Wi-Fi Dongle
The first two steps are the same as those from our previous ‘’Huawei Dongle’’ example – Enter the IP address (192.168.8.1) and then enter the correct username and password.
Step 3 – In the Settings Tab, click on System and choose Modify Password from the submenu. You will have to enter the previous (default) password and then enter the new one and then confirm it. When you are done, click on Apply to save your settings.
Eminent Wireless Router
The first three steps are the same as those from our previous ‘’Eminent Router’’ example – enter the IP address, enter the default username and password, click on Setup Tool.
Setup 4 – Click on Advanced Setup, then on System, and then on Admin Setup. In the Admin Setup Window, you will be asked to type in the new login ID and new password. After entering the username and password, click on Apply.