In order to successfully troubleshoot a network problem or gain access to your router’s web-based management, you would need to locate the IP address of your default gateway. Although it will take several taps or clicks to get there, you can find your default gateway IP address in Windows’ network settings and can be easily spotted. In most cases, your gateway IP address is privately assigned to your router.
For Windows Users
These instructions will only work for finding the default gateway IP address on “basic” wired and wireless home and small business networks. For larger networks using more than one router and simple network hubs they may have more than one gateway and complex routing.
- From the Start Menu, open Control Panel
- From the Control Panel, tap or click the Network and Internet link. In Windows XP, this is called Network and Internet Connections.
- On the left margin of the Network and Sharing Center window:
- If you are using Windows 7,8,or 10: Click Change Adapter Settings
- Windows Vista: Click on Manage network connections.
- On the Network Connections screen, locate the network connection that you want to view the default gateway IP for.
On most Windows-based computers, your wired network connections is called Ethernet or Local Area Connection. The wireless network connection is labeled Wi-Fi or Wireless Network Connection.
- Double-tap or double-click on the network connection. This should bring up an Ethernet Status or Wi-Fi Status dialog box, or some other Status, depending on the name of the network connection.
- Now that the connection’s Status window is open, tap or click on the .. button.
- In the Network Connection Details window, locate either the IPv4 Default Gateway or IPv6 Default Gateway under the Property column, depending on which network type you’re using.
- The IP address listed as the Value for that property is the default gateway IP address Windows is using at the moment.
Find Gateway Address Using IPCONFIG
Using the ipconfig command is the quickest way to access your default gateway IP address:
From the Command Prompt, do the following:
- Type ipconfig, Make sure that there is no space between íp’ and ‘çonfig’ and no switches or other options
- Depending on your version of Windows, the number of network adapters and connections you have, and your computer configuration, you may get a simple or complex response. The IP address is listed as Default Gateway under the connection you are interested in.