ip address

An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a number assigned to a piece of hardware on a network, such as your router, computer, or mobile device. Your cell phone has a unique phone number assigned to it so you can use it to make and receive calls. An IP address is the network equivalent of a phone number. Every device on a network, such as your local, home network or the internet, must have a unique IP address, so it can connect with other devices on that network. For example, the router on your network has a unique IP address that allows your computer and other devices to access it on your home network.

When you initially set up your router, you entered the router’s IP address into the address bar in a browser to access the web-based setup page in the router. Maybe you want to make some changes to the settings on your router, and you forgot your router’s IP address? Today, we’ll show you how to easily find your router’s IP address on your home network using Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Default Gateway – Your Router’s Private IP Address

A default gateway on a network is an IP address that traffic gets sent to when it’s going somewhere outside the current network. Generally, on your home network, you have a single router that several devices connect to. That router’s private IP address is the default gateway. This IP address may also be called “gateway” or simply “router”. All the devices on your home network send traffic to that IP address by default.

The IP address, or default gateway, for your router is important because it allows you to access the web-based setup page on the router using a browser. For most internal, home networks, the IP address of your router is most likely in the form of 192.168.x.x.

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using Windows

In Windows, there are two methods for finding your router’s IP address. The command prompt provides a quick and easy method. However, if you’re not comfortable using the command prompt, you can use the Control Panel.

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using The Command Prompt

To find your router’s IP address using the command prompt, you’ll use the “ipconfig” command. To begin, press the “Windows key+R” to open the “Run” dialog box. Then, type “cmd.exe” in the “Open” box and click “OK” or press “Enter“.

Open the Command Prompt window in Windows

Type the following command at the prompt and press “Enter“.

ipconfig

You’ll see a list of network connections your computer is using. Look for the “Default Gateway” IP address in the “Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi” section if you’re connected to Wi-Fi, or “Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection” if your computer is connected to your router using an Ethernet cable.

Find the Default Gateway using the Command Prompt

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using The Windows Control Panel

If you prefer using a graphical interface to find your router’s IP address, you can use the Control Panel.

To open the Control Panel, click the Search button, or box, on the Taskbar. Enter “control panel” in the search box and then click “Control Panel” under “Best match“.

Open the Control Panel in Windows

 

On the “Control Panel” window, click the “Network and Internet” link.

Click the Network and Internet link

Then, click the “View network status and tasks” link under “Network and Sharing Center“.

Click View network status and tasks link

On the right side of the “Network and Sharing Center” screen, click the “Connections” link with your network’s name.

Click network name next to Connections

Click “Details” on the “Wi-Fi Status” dialog box.

Click Details

The “IPv4 Default Gateway” is your router’s IP address.

Network Connection Details dialog box

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using Your Mac

Finding your router’s IP address on a Mac is a simple process. Go to the “Apple” menu and select “System Preferences“.

Open System Preferences on a Mac

Click the “Network” icon on the “System Preferences” dialog box.

Click the Network icon in System Preferences

On the “Network” dialog box, select the connected type of network on the left, such as “Wi-Fi” or “Ethernet“. Then, click “Advanced“.

Click Advanced

Click the “TCP/IP” tab on the “Wi-Fi” screen. You’ll find your router’s IP address next to “Router“.

Router IP address on a Mac

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using Your iOS Device

If you don’t have a Windows PC or a Mac handy, don’t worry. You can easily find your router’s IP address using your iPhone or iPad.

Tap the “Settings” icon on the Home screen and then tap “Wi-Fi“.

Tap Wi-Fi on an iOS device

On the “Wi-Fi” screen, tap the name of your network.

Tap the network name on the Wi-Fi screen

By default, the “DHCP” tab is active. DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and it’s a server that automatically assigns IP addresses to devices on the network. Most home networks operate using DHCP, and that’s generally the default when setting up a home router.

It doesn’t matter which tab you select. Your router’s IP address is listed next to “Router” and it’s the same no matter which tab is active.

You’ll probably find that the “Static” tab is empty. A “Static” IP address is one that does not change. You generally do not need a static IP address for a home network, and they can be rather expensive. “BootP” (Bootstrap Protocol) is a protocol that allows a device on a network to automatically receive an IP address, like DHCP. However, BootP also allows the operating system on the device to be booted automatically without user involvement.

Router IP address on an iOS device

Find The IP Address Of Your Router Using Your Android Device

Android does not provide a built-in way to find your router’s IP address like on Windows, Mac, or iOS. However, there is a free app called Wifi Analyzer that does the trick.

Install Wifi Analyzer and open it. Then, tap “View” at the top of the screen.

Tap View in Wi-Fi Analyzer on Android

Tap “AP list” on the pop-up menu.

Tap AP list on the pop-up menu in Wi-Fi Analyzer

All available Wi-Fi networks display. Tap the “Connected to” network at the top of the list.

Tap the network name in Wi-Fi Analyzer

The “Gateway” on the dialog box is your router’s IP address.

Gateway IP address of your router

Have you used another type of device to find your router’s IP address? Do you use a different app on your Android device to find the IP address of your router? Let us know in the comments.