How to Get the IP Address of a Router

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Updated August 8, 2022

If you are experimenting with the various features of your wireless network, you may wonder how to get the IP address of a VPN router. The best routers, after all, feature both a public Internet IP address and a private address for intra-network use. Keep reading to learn all about finding an IP address.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Most devices make it fairly easy to find your router’s IP address and default gateway, including the vast majority of phones, tablets, computers, and more.
  • Windows computers and Mac computers make it simple to find the router IP address and public IP address in the settings menu.
  • Apple phones and tablets display the router’s IP address in the network status settings menu or even via the network icon, though Android phones do not.

How to Find IP Addresses

There are a variety of ways to find the IP address of your router and any affiliated IP addresses associated with your wireless network and any connected devices. While every router will work with nearly any modem, the IP addresses will always differ. That said, you should also know how many IP addresses your router has. Here are various ways to look up your IP address depending on what type of device or operating system you are using.

Insider Tip

An IP address tells you the city, ZIP code, or area code of your ISP, as well as your ISP’s name.

Find on Windows

First, right-click the Windows icon on the bottom left of your screen, no matter if you are using a laptop or desktop. Next, select “Command Prompt” and then type “IPCONFIG”, pressing enter after you are done. Find the “Default Gateway” section and look for a listed number. This number is your router’s IP address.

Find on Mac

Start by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of the screen. Choose “System Preferences” and click. Look for “Network” and then click. You should see a list on the left side of the window. Find your network and then click “Advanced” which should be found on the bottom right of the window. Once you are in the network settings, click on “Advanced” and then “TCP/IP.” You should see the router’s IP address next to “Router.”

Find on iOS Devices

If you are on vacation, after having learned the inner workings of a travel router, you may want to find an IP address with your iPhone or iPad. Start by heading to the “Settings” app and then tapping “Wi-Fi.” Next, tap the Wi-Fi network you are using and then scroll down to “IPV4 Address.” Your router’s IP address should be listed next to “Router.”

Find on Android Devices

Most Android phones and tablets do not have a built-in tool for getting your router’s IP address. Your best bet would be to download an app for this purpose, as the Google Play store features many like Wi-Fi Analyzer. Some Android gadgets running customized interfaces, however, may feature a simple tool for finding IP addresses.

While not mentioned here, if you find your router is slowing down your internet, it may be time to get a new router.

F.A.Q.S

What is my router IP address?

This is the number by which your private network is identified on the Internet, no matter if you are using mobile devices or a computer to surf the web.


Why do I need to know my IP address?

You may need it for a search bar or to verify a network connection. This address, after all, is essentially the footprint of your Internet use.


What is a router?

A router is the center of a wireless network, routing Internet signals to various IP addresses, including the static IP address, the public IP address, and various other router IP address locations.



STAT: Public IPs are used by routers and by computers connected directly to DSL modems without a router. Private IP addresses are special IP addresses that are known only to a router and its home network. (source)

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