How to find the IP address of a router – you may need to know the IP address to troubleshoot or set up a router. We see a lot of people who have rung a tech support line for help with their broadband, only to become totally confused at the first hurdle by talk of a router IP address.
What Is A Router IP Address? A router IP address is simply a set of 4 numbers. Typical examples which cover most routers for home use are 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 – this article applies equally to wired routers, wireless routers, cable routers and ADSL (telephone broadband) routers.
Why Would I Need To Know A Router IP Address? If you need to troubleshoot or set up a router you must access its configuration pages in your web browser (almost like a mini website). So instead of typing the name of an external website like www.google.com you would instead type the IP address of the router such as 192.168.0.1 to take you to the router set up pages.
How To Find The IP Address of A Router – It should be listed in the user manual that came with the router. If it is not, then ensure you are currently connected to your router via a cable or via wireless and you can find out the router IP address by this simple procedure:
Step 1 – Hold down the Windows key (usually near bottom left) on your keyboard and press the R key to bring up the Run window.
Step 2 – In the Run window type in the word CMD and select OK or press ENTER to open the Command Prompt as shown in the example below:
Step 3 – Now type the single word ipconfig and press the ENTER key to display the details of the connection(s) to your router (which will be called the Default Gateway).
Step 4 – If you are currently connected to your router by a cable, under the ‘Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection’ you will see the IP address of the router shown opposite Default Gateway. In our example below the IP address of our router is therefore 192.168.0.100
If you are currently connected to your router by wireless, under the ‘Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection’ you will see the IP address of the router shown opposite Default Gateway as shown above. (It will be the same as if you are connected by cable so in our case the IP address of our router is once again 192.168.0.100)
Now you can use this IP address to access Router Configuration Pages.