How To Find The IP Address Of A Router

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 an IP address.

What Is A Router IP Address? An 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, wireless, cable 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 – 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 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:

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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 it 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

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If you are currently connected to it 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.

2 Responses to: "How To Find The IP Address Of A Router"

  1. paulie says:

    thanks for this – needed it to get into my router as some idiot changed the normal ip address to something else

  2. Kay Campbell says:

    Now I have the IP Address I can let you know what I need. I need to connect my Printer (HP Photosmart 5510d B111h) . In some cases it won’t be able to print and I have been struggling with this all evening and I’m not much further ahead. It was just fine until today and for some reason it isn’t connected. Can you help me. In trying to do this myself I was asked for an ID name and Password. I didn’t set it up and so I don’t have anything like that. When I moved to my current address I was given an ID name and Password to the WiFi. I don’t think that is what you are asking for……Kay Campbell