How to Get the IP Address of Your Router

I have written various posts about connecting your computer to the Internet, including how to connect using two different routers (Linksys’s WRT54G Wireless-G router and D-Link’s DI-524 wireless router), as well as various configurations.

One topic I haven’t discussed is how to retrieve the IP address of your router. You may not know the IP address if, for instance, someone has configured your router and changed the default address. I will show you how to get it in this post.

IP Addresses

Before I explain how to get the IP address of your router, I will provide a quick overview of an IP address. An IP address is a series of four numbers separated by dots that is unique to every machine and device on a network. This allows you to connect to any device by simply specifying the IP address of that device.

Since each device has a unique IP address, your computer, and router each have their own IP address. The address of your router is assigned by your ISP, and the address of your computer is assigned by your router. Your router will also have an IP address assigned by itself so it can connect to your local area network (LAN) and the Internet.

Now that you have have an idea what an IP address is, let’s take a look at retrieving the IP address of your router.

Retrieving the Router’s IP Address

When your computer connects to your router, it must know the IP address of the router, or it can’t connect. Since it must know the IP address of the router, you can easily retrieve it using a simple DOS command called ipconfig.

To retrieve the IP address of your router, use the following steps:

  1. Click Start->Run to open a Run dialog box. Alternatively, you can press Windows Key+R.
  2. In the box beside Open type cmd. A DOS window will appear.
  3. At the prompt, type ipconfig. Some information about your current networks will be displayed on the screen.
  4. Look for the entry labelled Default Gateway. This is the IP address of your router. A gateway is a device that acts as an entrance to a network. In this case the router acts as an entrance into your local network from the Internet.

Now you can type that IP address into your browser to access the router’s administrative Web pages, or use it to setup your network manually.

Summary

There may be times when someone has setup a network and changed the default IP address of the router. You can easily retrieve the IP address of your router by simply running ipconfig from a DOS prompt. The IP address of your router will be listed beside Default Gateway in the response of ipconfig.



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13 Comments

  1. Posted January 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    That is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Simple but very precise information… Thank you for
    sharing this one. A must read post!

  2. Posted January 9, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

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  3. Sang Nuclas
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your share. Finally found my router issue has now been fixed by your share. Another router as i write for manual issue is in my blog now. Your article is just my reference and thanks a lot of it.

  4. Posted May 25, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    There was alot of wifi connection. How do I find out it’s the right one for my laptop?

  5. litzelle
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    how do i connect a netgear n 150 wnr1000v3 wireless router to my computer for wifi?…..i need help!

  6. Chhida talli
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    i try what you told but there is no ip in front of Default Gateway…
    Now what should i do????????????

    • Posted February 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      That means you aren’t connected to your router. Try disconnecting the power from the router, waiting a few seconds and then reconnect the power to the router.

      • Chhida talli
        Posted February 12, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        i try it sir but iy did’t work
        i have a Waifi connection from a person
        i am using a waifi router through which a cable is connected to my PC
        he changed the router ip….
        i cant get it…
        so tel me hoe i can get my router Ip

        • Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

          Is the old router’s IP address hard-coded in your system? Is DHCP enabled on your system?

  7. Owen Ciccarello
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Excellent solution admin. You just help my homework for next examination Thanks admin

  8. bhanwar
    Posted March 5, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    where port no. in shown when we get ip add by above mentioned process

  9. lam
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    all cisco linksys routers defaults is admin.. just type that in password area,,user name isnt required..and recommend u change the password.for that reason if your worried,,, just dont forget it either,,,, for resetting the router doesnt always work to set password back to default.

  10. Posted April 28, 2008 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    I’m trying to find the default username/password for my linksys router. You wouldn’t happen to remember that, would you mate?

    I’d appreciate it.

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