Security Issue With Netcore Routers

The Chinese vendor Netcore is responsible for creating and selling a particular brand of routers under the name Netis with a root password that gives total access to their devices. While this may not seem like a large issue, it allows potential hackers to break into the unit and control different settings that can expose valuable information about the user.

The address 192.168.1.1 is commonly used to gain and view access to administration settings. However, even though 192.168.1.1 is most common, your personal router address may be unique to your ISP. As a test, type in 192.168.1.1 into your web browser and see if a router settings page pops up. If nothing happens using 192.168.1.1, use this guide to find more information.

After you’ve typed in 192.168.1.1, you will see a console that will allow you to view and access different settings for your router. From this point we can take certain precautions in order to protect our router and our private information. The first step is making sure our wireless connection is secured. Unfortunately, many internet service providers leave the wifi access password free and it’s up to the user to create a secure connection. Make sure your password is long, uses both font case sizes and even symbols. This will prevent hackers from ‘sniffing’ out unsecured wifi connections.

Looking up your router IP address

Every now and then you may need to find the IP address of your home router. Maybe it’s to troubleshoot a connection issue, change a setting, or reboot. For some people, just finding the router address is a problem in itself.

Access to your router requires identifying it by name or IP address. Most home routers use the IP address 192.168.1.254. You can always try that and see if it works.

If your router was installed by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), they have your router’s IP address. Give them a call and ask for the router IP. The ISP may provide a list of IP addresses so remember to listen for 192.168.1.254 or something similar.

When all else fails, you can look up the IP address with a few basic commands.

For Windows computers, the router will be labeled as the Default Gateway. Open a command window and type “ipconfig”. This will display a list of IP addresses. Look for 192.168.1.254 on the line marked “default gateway”.

For Mac users, the router IP address is labeled as Router. If your OS is Snow Leopard, go to your Network Preferences. Click on the Advanced button and then the TCP/IP tab. Again, the router IP address will be labeled Router.