Tired of being the only wireless network in your apartment building without a smart name like "Wu-Tang LAN" or "Bill Wi the Science Fi"? Or you just want to make your network password more secure so that your neighbors cannot disconnect from the Internet.
In order to make these changes, you need to know the IP address of your router. Why? Most routers offer a control panel that can only be accessed via a web browser. In order to access this window, you have to enter the IP address of the router in the address bar of the browser.
But what if you don't know the address or just forgot it? We'll show you how to find your router's IP address.
Router tips and tricks
If you're looking for a new router, be sure to read our guide to the best routers on the market.
Public or private IP addresses
Did you know that your computer can be assigned to two different IP addresses? They are usually referred to as public or private, or external or internal. If it is a private or internal IP address, this is the address that the router assigned to your computer. However, here are important differences that you still need to know.
Public IP address
This is the address that your internet service provider (ISP) assigns to your modem's internet connection. Think of it as the public address of a house or building. If your PC changes to another wireless network, the public IP address changes.
If people normally talk about an IP address or protect their IP address for privacy reasons, this is the one they talk about. If you don't protect your location with encryption, you can find it immediately by going to websites like whatismyip.org or simply googling the “IP address”.
Private IP address
Your router sets a private IP address for each device connected to your local network. This way your router recognizes your computer and knows what data needs to be sent to it when surfing the Internet.
This private IP address can be helpful when checking how your router interacts with devices, what devices are connected to it, etc. The private IP address is a little more complicated to find and is sought in this article.
Find the private IP address on your computer
Regardless of the manufacturer or model of your router, there is a surefire way to determine its IP address, even if the default settings are not used. This is the fastest way to get your IP address when you are logged into your operating system.
Step 1: Type "cmd" in the search field and click on the top result to access the command prompt.
Alternatively, you can right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell, which is listed in the main user menu.
Step 2: With the PowerShell or Command prompt open, simply type "ipconfig / all" to bring up a window with information about the network connection.
This is one of the most important commands to keep in mind when using the command prompt interface.
The "Default gateway" field shows the IP address of the router to which you are currently connected. With almost all routers, you can enter this IP address in the URL bar of your browser to access the login page of your router.
With MacOS it is very easy to find your IP address in the correct settings.
Step 1: Open System Preferences from the Dock – this is the gear-based icon.
Step 2: Select the spherical network icon.
In the next window that says Status: Connected, look straight down and you should see information about which network you are connected to and what your current IP address is. However, we want the router's address, so let's continue.
Step 3: Click the Advanced button.
Step 4: In the following screen, select the TCP / IP tab. This will break down more specific address information for your router if necessary.
Registration of the router settings
You also have the option of logging into your router settings online and checking your IP address and many other router information and tools there. This is an ideal option if you want to change some settings, improve your password, check all connected devices and do other various maintenance tasks.
There are many different companies that make routers. Below you will find the registration information for all major brands. If your router is not listed, RouterPasswords has a large database of standard usernames and passwords sorted by brand and model.
If you find that you cannot log in to the admin area using any of these options, your login information may have changed at some point. Do you need help tracking this password? Consider a password manager like the one described in our manual.
Step 1: Most Linksys routers have the same default settings. The admin panel can be accessed on most Linksys routers by entering 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser. If you have an intelligent router, enter myrouter.local instead.
step 2: Log in for both username and password using "admin", provided you have not yet changed the default username and password.
step 3: You should make sure that you change your router passwords the first time you log in. Otherwise, you're vulnerable to anyone on your Wi-Fi network accessing your router's administration page.
If you need further help, use the Linksys official support portal.
Step 1: You can log in to your D-Link router with mydlinkrouter.local or 192.168.0.1. If that doesn't work, try 192.168.1.1 instead.
step 2: The default username is "admin" and you want to leave the password field blank.
step 3: Since most D-Link routers are not password-protected by default, you must add a password as soon as possible to prevent hackers from accessing your network.
D-Link also has a dedicated support knowledge base in case you need further help.
Step 1: For almost all Belkin routers, the standard web setup is at 192.168.2.1, although the http: // router may also work for you. Because of the way credentials are set up, you may not have to type anything in the Username and Password fields when trying to access the admin panel.
step 2: By default, Belkin routers do not have a password for the administrator account. This means that the username field should be left blank, although you may have to type "admin" instead.
step 3: You definitely want to change the username and password if you have a Belkin router. For someone with access to your network, it is easy to make changes in the admin area that open security holes or allow the installation of malware and hacking software.
For more information on specific router models, see the Belkin support website.
Step 1: Some Netgear routers have credentials on the bottom or back of the device. If this is not the case for you, the company has nevertheless made it easier to access your admin panel. Simply type routerlogin.net in your browser's address bar or navigate to 192.168.0.1 to access the login screen.
step 2: The username is almost always "admin" and the password is either "password" or "1234" if you are using an older device.
Step 3: If you have a text URL, it's easy to remember, but your router's settings are also more vulnerable. If someone has access to your network, they do not have to determine their IP address. For this reason, it is particularly important to change the default login to avoid unwanted changes to your network settings.
The Netgear Support Knowledge Base provides more information about specific router models as needed.
Step 1: Almost all Asus routers use 192.168.1.1 as standard, which simplifies access to the admin panel in your browser. However, newer routers forward requests to router.asus.com to your local router's setup page.
Step 2: The username and password should be "admin" for almost all models and firmware versions.
Step 3: The default passwords can be useful if you have never changed your settings before. However, it is recommended that you change them the first time you access the admin panel to prevent unauthorized access by people who can access your Wi-Fi network.
The Asus support team can provide additional help and access to a variety of items related to the company's range of devices as needed.
Step 1: Go online and navigate to your Google Fiber account and sign in.
step 2: When you are logged in, look in the top left corner of the website and select "Network" (in some formats you have to press the menu key first).
step 3: In the new section you will see a device menu on the left with all devices connected to your network. Select the specific device you want to examine – in this case, your active router – and then select Advanced to view additional information about it. You should now be able to view your IP address for that particular device in Google Fiber.
Notice on IPv4 and IPv6
Many of these methods display lists for IPv4 and IPv6. In most cases, however, only the IPv4 field contains information. This is nothing to worry about.
IPv4 and IPv6 are both protocols for assigning IP addresses. However, IPv4 has been around for decades and there is almost no space for new IP addresses. It is currently patched to the point where it supports the expanding Internet until the full introduction of IPv6.
IPv6 is a newer protocol that is already available for the ever growing World Wide Web, but the acceptance rate is extremely slow. The switch from IPv4 includes new hardware, revised software, revised infrastructures etc. This means a lot of time and money.
Finally – probably in the next few years – a massive transition to IPv6 addresses should begin.