IP address, which actually means internet protocol address, is specifically a special numerical label that is assigned to each and every device that is connected to some computer network that uses Internet Protocol for the purposes of communication.
The IP address isn’t that simple to decipher though as it is of two types, public or external IP address, and local IP address. When you are willing to deal with the IP address of your router, you should know that you are actually talking about a local IP address.
At times one might want to know the IP address as one might need to troubleshoot a network issue or one might need to configure a particular software or one might need to know it for some unavoidable purpose. So, let’s see how one can find one’s IP address.
Best Ways to Find Router’s IP Address:
Method1: Through Command Prompt
- Find out the Windows icon which is placed in the bottom left of your Windows screen, and right-click on that. Then, select the option of “command prompt”. In case you cannot find the option of “command prompt”, type “command prompt” in the Windows’ search section. Later, double click on the application of “command prompt” or press enter.
- After clicking on “command prompt”, a new window shall appear. Type “IPCONFIG”, which means “IP configuration”, and then press enter.
- Later, you would have to find the “Default section” written somewhere down the screen. The number written in front of it shall be the IP address of your router.
In case you are unable to follow the awfully simple procedure of finding your router’s IP address through “command prompt”, you can try using the option of “control panel”, and follow the set of steps mentioned below –
Method2: Through Control Panel
Access the Windows search bar, and find the option of “control panel” and click on it, or, simply type “control panel” and press enter.
- A window shall appear titled “Control Panel”. Find the option of “Network and Internet”, and click on the option of “View network status and tasks” given below in the light blue color under the “Network and Internet”
- A new window shall appear, in which you would be able to find the link for “Connection: Wifi”. Click on that link.
- A pop-up box shall appear in which you would have to find the option of details and click on it.
- A small box shall appear with a list, titled Network Connection Details. Find “IPv4 Default Gateway” and there would be a number written in front of it. That number would be your IP address.
But in case you aren’t a Windows user, you might have to follow a completely different set of steps. So, if you are a Mac user, you would have two major options to find your IP address, system preferences, and a terminal application.
Method3: Find IP Address on MAC
- Click on the logo of Apple which is placed on the top left corner of your screen, following which a drop-down menu shall appear. Find the option of system preferences and click on that.
- A box of options shall appear titled System Preferences. Find the option of “Network” somewhere down the box, specifically, besides the option of “Software Update”.
- A new box of options shall appear titled Network. Find the option of “WiFi” in the left panel and click on that.
- Find the tab of TCP/IP present in the top panel and click on that.
The moment you will click on it, you shall find “Router” somewhere in the middle of the screen. The number written in front of it shall be your router’s IP address.
Method4: Through the option of the Terminal App
- Access the “Terminal App” by opening the folder for “Applications” and double-clicking on the option of “Utilities”.
- Later, type “netstat -nr/grep default” and press enter
- A new box displaying some information would appear where you would have to find a specific number written mentioned in front of “default”. That very number is would be your IP address
In case you are an Android user, you might not be able to extract the information of your IP address through the Android system as Android doesn’t allow access to that information. So, in that case, you would have to install apps that are specifically used in order to find the IP address of a router through Android, One such example of that application is Wi-Fi Analyzer.