To configure your router or set up a VPN on it, you will need to access a web-based router configuration page. However, you won’t be able to do so without knowing your router’s IP address. Here’s how to find it in a few simple steps, no matter the device you use.
First, you should familiarize yourself with these two terms – “router IP” and “default gateway IP.” Your router’s IP works like a gateway between your devices and the wider internet, which is why it can also be called a “default gateway IP address.” All devices connected on the same network send their requests to the router by default. Different devices will name it differently. Windows computers will call it ‘default gateway’ while iOS devices will store your router’s IP address under ‘router.’
Once you find the default IP for your router, you can simply enter it into your web browser’s address bar to access your router’s web interface. Here’s how:
1. Type in Control Panel in your search bar and click on the Control Panel icon;
2. Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet;
3. Click on your Wi-Fi name, which you should see next to Connections;
4. A new window will pop up. Click on Details;
5. You should see your public IP address under IPv4 Default Gateway.
Or you can use the Command Prompt:
1. Type CMD in your search bar and select Command Prompt;
2. Type ipconfig;
3. You should see your router’s IP under Default Gateway.
1. Go to Settings and tap Network & internet;
2. Tap on Wi-Fi. Find the network you are connected to and tap and hold on it or click on the settings icon to manage its settings;
3. Tap on the Advanced dropdown. If it offers you options for Static or Dynamic IPs, select Static;
4. Either way, you should now see your router’s IP under Gateway.
1. Click on the Apple icon at the top of your screen and go to System Preferences;
2. Select Network;
3. On the left hand side you should see the Wi-Fi network you are connected to. Select it and click Advanced;
4. Select the TCP/IP tab. You should see your router’s IP under Router.
You can also use websites such as Whatsmyrouterip.com to find your router’s public IP, your router’s gateway IP and your local IP address (your device’s IP address). There you can also find a list of most common router IP addresses per brand.
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