Most routers use similar IP addresses that basically allow you to configure your router by using an interface that contains multiple options on how to maximize your experience.
The router’s IP address will be listed as Default Gateway and this configuration page lets you manage things such as security, parental control, clients, guest networks etc. Most router models use 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 as the default LAN IP address.
Since each system is different, there are different ways of finding out the router’s IP on each system. The following are some of the common methods that you can use in order to find your router’s IP and access the configuration page so that you can tweak it accordingly.
On Windows, you can find out the router IP address by two methods that is Command Prompt and Network Options. In the command prompt method, after running CMD, enter “ipconfig”.
A list will open with several headings such as Ethernet adapter, and Wireless LAN sections. The numbers that are mentioned next to Default Gateway is your router’s IP. You can then access the router’s configuration page by entering this IP into your browser. In case you face any problems, try running CMD as administrator and retry the above mentioned steps.
Or right click the Network Connection icon in the lower right corner and select Open Network and Sharing Center. Look for your network name under connections.
Click on Details and search for IPv4 Default Gateway. The numbers mentioned on the IPv4 Default Gateway section is your router’s IP address. You can also access your networks through control panel and network settings but this is easier and faster since the Network and Sharing Center can be accessed through the Desktop.
In Mac OS, the best way to figure out your router’s IP is by going through System Preferences. Open this from the Apple Menu, after which click on Network under the Internet and Wireless section. Here, select your network and click on the “Advanced” option present in the lower right corner. Here, click on TCP/IP tab and the IP address will be given next to “Router”.
This method works regardless of it being a wired or wireless network router. On newer versions of OS, the router IP is also shown in the detailed network data when you click on the Wi-Fi menu. However, this option isn’t present on the previous versions. Another method involves opening up the terminal by pressing cmd + space and typing “Terminal”. However, the former method is easier for less tech savvy users.
On Linux, the method is fairly straightforward and simple. Open the terminal and enter the following command;
The IP address mentioned below the Gateway is your router’s IP. The Linux desktop will have the system symbol near the Warning Zone. Under this system choice, view all concerning data related to your network. The IP address will be shown beside the Default Gateway choice.