How to Find Your Router’s IP Address?

Generally, a home broadband router has two IP addresses: one is its own private address on the local network and the other is the external, public IP address that's used for communicating with outside networks on the internet.

How to find the router's external IP address?

This IP address is set by the ISP when it connects to the internet. This address can be seen with our IP lookup service and also within the router menu after logging in, for example on Linksys routers, you can see the public IP address on the Status page in the Internet section while on NETGEAR routers might call this address the Internet Port IP Address and have it listed in the Maintenance > Router Status screen.

How to find the router's local IP address?

By default, the local IP address of home routers are set to a private IP address. It can be found in the manufacturer's documentation and it is usually the same address for every model from that manufacturer.

Here are the default local IP addresses for some of the most popular brands of routers:

  • Linksys routers usually use for their default internal address
  • D-Link and NETGEAR routers are most commonly set to
  • Cisco routers are often,, or
  • Some Belkin and SMC routers use
  • U.S. Robotics routers use

System administrators or router owners have the option to change this IP address in the router's administrative console. Unlike the most of other IP addresses on home networks that usually change periodically, the router's private IP address remains static unless someone manually changes it.

In addition, there are a number of ways to find the local IP address of a router in different operation systems:

  • Windows

            Open the command prompt by accessing the search bar and typing 'cmd'. A black window will appear in which you'll need to type 'ipconfig'. Look through the results for the default gateway address.

  • Mac OS
    • Click the Apple menu (top of the screen)
    • Choose 'System Preferences'
    • Click the 'Network' icon
    • Choose the relevant network connection
    • Press the 'Advanced' button
    • Click the 'TCP/IP' tab to see the IP address on the right of the router
  • Linux

            Navigate to: Applications > System Tools > Terminal and type 'ipconfig'. Your router's IP will be displayed beside 'inet addr'.

  • iPhone iOS

            If using iOS9 or iOS8, navigate to Settings > WiFi and click the wireless network to which you are currently connected. Look in the DHCP section to find our your router's IP.

  • Android

            A third-party app has to be used. For example, with Wi-Fi Analyzer tap on the 'View' menu and choose 'AP list' after installation of the app. You'll see 'Connected to: [Network Name]'. If you tap on it, a window will display your network's information including your router's IP.

  • Chrome OS

            On the taskbar, click the notification area. Next, click on 'Connected to [Network Name]' on the list which appears. Click on the name of your wireless network and then on the 'Network' tab to display the results including your router's IP address.

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