Router is a popular device that is used to connect different networks together. From an end-user point of view, a router is a device that is used to connect the internet.
ADSL Modems ,
Dialup Modems ,
MetroEthernet Switch ,
4G and 5G Modems also referred to as Router because of their routing function and the popularity of the router term.
Routers used in homes generally connected the LAN or Local Area Network to the internet. Both LAN and internet networks use IP addresses for communication and addressing. But LAN uses private IP addresses like 10.0.0.0/8, 192.168.0.0/16 and 172.16.0.0 etc.
192.168.0.0 address range is the most popular and most used private address range. So your modem probably uses an IP address which is inside the 192.168.0.0/16 range.
By default, a router is the default gateway for the home LAN network. Default gateway means the default point to access outside of LAN or to the internet. In order to manage the router, we should access the router GUI which is generally a web page. This web page is accessed with the IP address of the router. We can find the IP address of the router in different ways and tools for Windows, Linux, MacOS X, iOS, Android, ChromeOS via GUI or command line.
Find Your Router IP Address In Windows via Command Line
Windows operating systems you can use MS-DOS or PowerShell command-line in order to find out your router IP address. There are different commands but the most basic and already provided command is
ipcionfig command. We will open the MS-DOS or PowerShell terminal by typing
powershell from the Start Menu like below.
Then we will type the
ipcionfig command like below.
This command will list information about the network interfaces. If we are connected via ethernet or cable we will look for an
Ethernet adapter configuration section and find the
Default Gateway line which provides your router IP address. If the connection is wireless you need to look
Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi line or section with the same default gateway line as below.
Find Your Router IP Address In Windows via Network Center GUI
Windows operating systems also provide ways to find your router IP address via GUI. We can use the
Network and Sharing center in order to list detailed information about the network adapter or network interface card. First, you will open the
Network Connections screen via
Control Panel ->
Netowrk and Internet ->
Network Connections like below.
control panel to the start menu like below open the listed control panel window.
In the following Control Panel, we will click to the
View network status and tasks like below.
Network and Sharing Center the network interfaces will be listed. In most the cases, there will be a single item which is your internet connection to the router. In the following example, the connection is Ethernet type and we will click to the
Ethernet0 Status windows have shown like below. We will click to the
Details which will show the ethernet connection details that also contains default gateway information or your router IP address.
Network Connection Details window you can see that the
IPv4 Default Gateway line provides your router IP address which is
192.168.142.2 in this case.
Find Your Router IP Address In Linux via Command Line
If you are using a Linux distribution like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Mint, CentOS, RHEL, SUSE you can find your router IP address via command line easily by using the
ip route command. We will use the following command which does not require root privilege.
$ ip route
Your router IP address will be listed in the first line with the text
default via . This is the default gateway address which is your router IP address.
Find Your Router IP Address In Linux via Network Center GUI
Linux desktop environment provides GUI for the users. We can also use this GUI in order to find the router IP address. Generally, the top right corner of the desktop provides some network icons like below. In this example, we are using Ubuntu Gnome Desktop. We will click to the
Wired Settings because the connection is Ethernet. If it was a wireless connection the selection will be
The network settings screen will be shown below. We will click to the configuration icon which is on the left of the network adaptor connection.
Wired screen provides some information about the network connection. Your router IP address is listed as
Default Route like below.
Find Your Router IP Address In MacOS X via Command Line
MacOS X provides a command-line named
Terminal for its users. You can use it to learn your router IP address. We will open the Terminal from the right upper corner Search box by typing
Terminal. Then we will put the command
route get default to the terminal like below.
$ route get default
Find Your Router IP Address In MacOS X via Network Center GUI
MacOS X also provides GUI tools to get your router IP address. In order to get the default gateway address, you will open the
TCP/IP configuration of the network interface card with the following steps. First, open the
System Preferences window and click to the
Network configuration like below.
Network control panel you will click to the
Advanced button which is in the rigth bottom.
In the Wi-Fi settings screen open the
TCP/IP tab like below. The
Router line provides the IP address of your router or default gateway.
Find Your Router IP Address In iPhone or iOS
iPad where both of them using the
iOS operating system your router IP address can be found from the
Wi-Fi . This page will provide the
Router line which is your router IP address.
Find Your Router IP Address In Android
Old versions of theAndroid operation system may not provide your router or default gateway information directly. In this case, you should install a 3rd arty application which will provide detailed information.
Newer and latest Android operating systems provide the network information as well as your default gateway and router IP address. Follow these steps:
Android Configuration ->
Network & Internet ->
The SSID or Wireless Connection Name ->
Below you can see that your router IP address is listed as
Gateway which is
Find Your Router IP Address In ChromeOS
ChromeOS is a Google Chromebook operating system that uses cloud services to work with. We can get our router IP addressin a chrome book via
Network settings page
Gateway line like below.
Most Common Router IP Address List
Routers can use any private IP address but generally, they use common router IP addresses. Following IP addresses used by routers in general.