If you want to make changes to your router, you need to know your routerâ€™s IP address. Perhaps you want to change the network name, create a new WiFi password, or use a different channel to boost your internet speed. These functions are accessible through your routerâ€™s log-on page, but you can only get there if you know how to find your routerâ€™s IP address.
What is an IP Address?
To find the IP Address via the command line, we need to first open the terminal. To do that, hit Cmd + Space to trigger Spotlight Search. Type “Terminal” on the search bar. Click on the Terminal icon when the search results populate. Your public IP address is: 22.214.171.124. Find the hostname of any IP address, including your own.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address isa unique string of numbers that identifies the devices in a network. Itâ€™s kindof like a mailing address that lets the mailman will know exactly where to dropoff your packages.
IP addresses can be public orprivate. A public IP address is assigned to you by your Internet ServiceProvider (ISP), such as AT&T or Comcast. However, a private IP address iswhat allows all your devices to communicate with each other over your privatenetwork. In order to be connected to the outside world, devices with a privateIP address need to connect to a public IP address, usually through a modem.
IP addresses can also be static or dynamic. A static IP address will not change over time, while a dynamic IP address does change. In most cases, your router will take a (mostly) static public IP address from your modem and transform it into a dynamic private IP address. This allows you to buy new devices and connect them to your WiFi without having to set a new IP address for every device.
How to Find Your Routerâ€™s IP Address on Windows
If youâ€™re using Windows, you canfind your routerâ€™s IP address by using the Command Prompt app or the ControlPanel. From the Command Prompt app, type ipconfig, hit Enter, and yoursystem will bring up your default gateway or IP address. In Control Panel, goto Network and internet > View network status and tasks > Ethernet >Details. Here are the steps for each method.
How to Find Router IP Address with Command Prompt
- Click the Windows search bar, and type Command Prompt in the search box.
- Then press Enter. You can also double click on the Command Prompt app that appears in the search results.
- Type ipconfig in the command line and press Enter.
- You will see your routerâ€™s IP address next to the Default Gateway.
How to Find Router IP Address with the Control Panel
Ifyou prefer to use the Control Panel, hereâ€™s how to find your routerâ€™s IPaddress:
- Open the Windows search bar and type Control Panel in the search box.
- Hit Enter. You can also double click on the Control Panel app.
- Under Network and Internet, click on View network status and tasks.
- Then click on the link for Connection: WiFi. If you are connecting directly to your router with an Ethernet cable, this might say Connection: Ethernet instead.
- Then click on Details in the pop-up box.
- Your routerâ€™s IP address will be next to IPv4 Default Gateway.
How to Find Your Routerâ€™s IP Address on a Mac
You can find your routerâ€™s IPaddress on a Mac in two ways. First, you can open System Preferences, click onNetwork, and then see the connection details on the Ethernet or WiFi panel. Or,you can launch the Terminal app, type netstat -nr grep default, hitEnter, and look at the default IP address. Just follow these steps below.
How to Find Router IP Address with System Preferences
- Go to System Preferences. You can access this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and clicking System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- Click on Network.
- Select WiFi in the left panel. If you are connected through Ethernet, your router IP address will be displayed along with other network information when you select the Ethernet from the left-hand side of the panel.
- Then click on Advanced.
- Click on the TCP/IP tab in the top panel.
- You will find your routerâ€™s IP address next to Router.
How to Find Router IP Address with the Terminal App
- Open the Terminal app. You can find this by opening your Applications folder and double-clicking Utilities.
- Then type netstat -nr grep default, and press Enter.
- Your routerâ€™s IP address will be indicated after the line which says â€œdefault.â€
How to Sign In To Your Router
- Open any web browser. You can use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other web browser.
- Type your routerâ€™s default IP address into the search bar, and press Enter.
Note: You might be prompted that the webpage you are trying to view is not secure. Make sure that you have the correct address typed in, then click on the option to proceed even if itâ€™s unsafe.
- Log in by typing your routerâ€™s user name and password.
Note: This information can be usually found in your routerâ€™s manual. Default log-in credentials per router brand vary.
If you are still having problems figuring out how to log in to your router, be sure to check out our guide on how to reset a router.
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There are many reasons why you might want to set a static IP address for your Windows 10 PC. In most cases, your router will assign your computer a dynamic IP address, meaning it changes from time to time. This can make it hard to access your computer remotely, use certain programs, and let other users on your network send you files. Here’s how to set a static IP address on your Windows 10 PC.
- Click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Then type IP Address into the search bar and click Open. You can also hit Enter on your keyboard if you see Ethernet settings.
- Then click Change adapter options. You will see this under Related settings. This will open a control panel window.
- Next, right-click on WiFi or Ethernet. This will depend on what kind of connection you are using. If your computer is hooked up to your router via an Ethernet cable, right-click that option. If your computer is connected via WiFi, right-click that option. You should be able to tell which adapter you are using by looking at the red Xs and green bars.
- Then select Status.
- Next, click Details.
- Then take note of your IPv4 address, IPv4 subnet mask, IPv4 default gateway, and IPv4 DNS server. It is a good idea to write this information down, as you will need it later.
- Then go back to the Network Connections window, right-click your network, and select Properties. You can do this by exiting out of the Network Connection Details and Status windows by clicking the X in the top-right corner.
- Next, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
- Then click the radio button next to Use the following IP address.
- Next, enter the static IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server you want to use.
- IP Address: Use the first 3 segments of your current IP address. So, if your computer’s IP address is currently 192.168.0.1, you can use any IP address that starts with 192.168.0.X, where X is any number between 1 and 254. Or, if your computer’s IP address is 10.0.0.1, you can use an IP address that starts with 10.0.0.X, where X is any number between 1 and 254. But make sure you don’t set your computer’s IP address to be the same as your router’s IP address.
- Subnet Mask: Usually, on a home network, the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0.
- Default Gateway: This is your router’s IP address, or the IP address of any other gateway, such as an access point
- DNS Server: If you see any numbers already filled in this box, you can use those. If not, you can use the DNS server numbers you saw in the Network Connection Details window. Or you can use Google’s preferred DNS server of 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
- Finally, click OK and then close the Properties window. Your changes will not go into effect until you close the WiFi/Ethernet Properties window.
Once you set your Windows 10 PC to a static IP address, check out our step-by-step guide on how to port forward, so you can remotely access your computer from anywhere in the world.