It’s easy to say “find your router IP address” when you already know what that is. It’s somewhat harder if you don’t even know what IP stands for. But that’s what this article is for. Read it, and you’ll learn not only how to find your router IP, but what it is and why you need it.
What is an IP?
“IP” stands for “Internet Protocol” – the governing set of technologies that makes the internet work. However, “IP” is most often used as a shorthand for “IP address.” An IP address is a device’s address on the internet. Having this system of addresses allows data to travel over the internet without getting lost.
Why do I need to know my router IP?
Your router has two IP addresses: one that faces the outside internet (external/public IP), and one that is used by the devices connected to the router (internal/private IP). The former is essential for access to content: websites and services use it to determine what country you’re from and if you’re allowed to reach the content you want to reach.
The latter is used not only by your devices when they want to reach the internet, but also for accessing and configuring the router. It’s commonly looked up by people who want to set up a VPN on the router itself.
Once you find your router IP, enter it into your browser’s address bar like you would a website URL.
Router IP vs. Default gateway IP: what’s the difference?
Actually, these two terms mean the same thing. So why do these terms exist? Well, the term “router IP” is used by macOS devices, while Windows systems call it the “default gateway IP.”
Now that you know all this, we can move to finding that IP.
Default Router IPs you can try if you’re in a hurry
Since the private router IP is only used by devices connected to it and not by the traffic coming from the internet, it doesn’t have to be unique. Therefore, many companies ship their routers with the same IP address.
192.168.1.1 is probably the most common of them all, so you can try that one out before looking for it yourself. Enter 192.168.1.1 in your browser bar or click one of the links below:
Try some other popular IPs as well:
If you don’t know the login credentials for your router, try the username admin (or administrator) and the passwords admin, password, or just leave it blank.
If you discover this to be the case, you will also want to use this time to change your router password.
How to find router IP address on Windows
There are two ways to find your router IP on Windows. Here’s the first one:
- Type “Control Panel” in the search box in the taskbar. Click the Control Panel icon.
- Find the Network and Internet bit and click “View Network Status and Tasks” under it.
- Find the name of your WiFi and click it.
- Click the “Details…” button in the new window
- Your router IP is in the “IPv4 Default Gateway” line.
There’s also an alternative method:
- Type “CMD” in the search box and click the “Command Prompt” icon in the pop-up menu.
- Type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
- Your router IP should be in the “Default Gateway” line.
Next up: MacOs.
How to find router IP address on MacOS X
Here’s how you find the router IP on a modern Apple computer:
- Click the Apple icon (should be on the top left) and select System Preferences.
- Click the Network icon.
- There will be a list of network connections on the left. Select your WiFi connection and click the “Advanced…” button.
- Navigate to the TCP/IP – your router IP will be displayed next to “Router.”
Next up: mobile devices.
How to find router IP address on Android
Here’s a quick way to do it on an Android platform.
- Swipe downwards to get the quick settings menu. Press and hold the WiFi icon.
- Tap and hold your WiFi connection.
- Click “Manage Network Settings.”
- Tick “Show Advanced Options”
- Your router IP will appear under the “Manage router” tab. You only need the numbers. Or you can tap the hyperlink and access your router right now.
But maybe you have an iOS device?
How to find router IP address on iOS devices
This is probably the most straightforward guide in this article. Here’s how you do it:
- Go to Settings. Select “WiFi.”
- Tap the WiFi you’re connected to.
- Your router IP can be found under “Router.”
We’ve also heard that BlackBerry users have questions like these as well.
How to find router IP address on BlackBerry
If your smartphone is a Blackberry Priv or newer, then it operates with an Android OS. Therefore, you should follow the Android guide.
For older products, the advice is to use another system (like a Windows PC) to find your router IP. Sorry!
But if you have a Linux computer, here is one way to find that IP.
How to find router IP address on Linux
This is probably the easiest thing you’ll ever do on Linux:
- Open the Terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T.
- Type in ip route | grep default and press enter
- Your router IP should appear on the “default via” line.
And in case you’re using Chrome OS…
How to find router IP address on Chrome OS
- Click the notification area (right side of the screen).
- Select your WiFi connection.
- Navigate to the Network tab on the new window.
- Your router IP will be under “Gateway.”
By now, you should already know what you need to know to find your router IP address. But if you’re going to set up a VPN on a router (and/or are unsuccessful in it), perhaps you should try getting a VPN router? Combined with Surfshark VPN, it will make your online life that much safer and more comfortable.