If you want to increase your internet speed, you may want to rename your Wi-Fi network, create a new WiFi password, want to change the default username and router password, or use a different channel. You must know your router’s IP address in order to make changes to it.
Each router has a configuration page accessible by a web browser. There you will find the list of all the devices connected to your network, you will be able to follow their use of the Internet connection and even limit their bandwidth. But to access this configuration page, you must first know how to find a router IP address or a default gateway address.
What is a router IP Address?
An IP address is a unique address to identify a device or local network on the Internet. The Internet Protocol (IP) is a collection of rules that regulate the format of data transferred over the internet or a local network.
Essentially, IP addresses are the identifier for sending information between devices across a network: they contain location information and make devices communicable. The Internet needs a way of distinguishing between several computers, websites, and routers. In this way, IP addresses are an integral part of the internet function.
Find the Router IP Address
If you are not aware of the public IP address of your router, try 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. These two default IP addresses are the most often used router IP addresses. Here’s what you can do if this technique doesn’t work or if the default login address has been changed.
Method 1 (using CMD)
If you’re using a Windows computer, open the command prompt by typing cmd and then type the command ipconfig then press Enter. The router IP address is the value next to Default Gateway.
Method 2 (from Settings)
If you don’t have access to cmd for some reason, you can use the GUI to do it.
1. Open the Start menu and then search and go to Settings in the windows search bar and open Settings.
2. In the Settings menu, click on the Network and Internet option.
3. In the search box, type “Network and Internet” or look for Network and Internet and click on it and then click Status located on the left hand side, scroll down the menu on the right side and click the View your Network Properties link.
4. On the next page, scroll down to your active network connection details (Ethernet or Wireless) and you will see your router’s IP address listed next to “Default Gateway:”.
How to Sign In To Your Router
1. Open a web browser
You can use any web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other web browser.
2. Enter the default IP address of your router in the search bar.
It’s possible that you’ll be informed that the webpage you’re attempting to access is insecure when you do so. Click on the option to continue even if it’s unsafe after you’ve double-checked the address.
3. Enter your router’s username and password to gain access.
Note: Your router’s manual should have this information. The default log-in information varies from router to router.
You can connect to a wireless network by going to Settings > WiFi and selecting the wireless network currently connected to your device in iOS9. Find your router’s IP address by looking in the DHCP section.
MAC (Macintosh Operating System) OS
To find your router’s IP address on mac, follow these simple steps:
Go to the Apple menu by clicking on it (top of the screen)
Go to ‘System Preferences‘ and select that option.
Open your network by clicking on the ‘Network‘ button.
Select the appropriate IP address for your device.
Select ‘Advanced‘ from the drop-down menu.
To see the router’s IP address, go to the ‘TCP/IP‘ tab and click on it.
To find IP addresses on android, android users can use Wi-Fi Analyzer, an app developed by a third party. After the app is installed, select ‘AP list‘ from the ‘View‘ menu. Connected to [Network Name] will be displayed. An information window will appear when you tap on it, and it will show the router’s IP address, among other things.
To access the notification area, go to the taskbar and select it. Afterward, on the list that appears, select ‘Connected to [Network Name]‘ Select your wireless network and then select the ‘Network’ tab to see the results, which will include the IP address on Chrome OS of your router.
The difference between ‘router IP’ and ‘default gateway IP’
Your ‘default gateway IP’ and your ‘router IP’ are the same thing. Before any device on your network can access the internet, it must first travel via your router’s IP address. Consider it in the same way as you would an outside door. To do an errand outside, you must first pass via the external entrance (AKA router IP). Early internet creators must have had loftier goals in mind, which might explain why they picked the term “gateway” above anything else. It sounds fantastic, but it appears to have confused some regular users.
If you’re using a Mac or another Apple device, instead of ‘default gateway,’ you’ll see it listed under router.
If you are still having trouble locating your internet connection’s IP address, please return to the beginning of this article and repeat the procedures as instructed.
One of the most common uses of an IP address is to change their internet network name and password, which is something that happens rather frequently. There are a variety of methods for determining your IP address, the most frequent of which are listed above: obtaining your IP address through a command prompt, or getting your IP address from your network and internet settings.
The IP address is also used to access the router/modem page, which is further explained below. Keep in mind that each operating system, such as Windows, MAC OS, Linux, Android, and Chrome OS, has its own means of logging into the company’s router homepage to avoid confusion. You can then make the necessary changes to your router’s configuration.