If you are a beginner in computers, or home networking, it is very likely that the terms like default IP address, command prompt and so on are a total mystery for you. Well, having that in mind, the following post will show you how to find your router IP address in 2 simple steps.
Before going into the techie stuff, we have to tell you that the router default IP can be found either in the user’s manual or, in some cases, printed on a sticker under the router.
How to find router IP using the Command Prompt
Step 1: Access the Command prompt
In Windows 7 it is enough to click the Start button on the bottom-left of your desktop and type CMD in the field saying “Search programs and files“. Once you hit the Enter button on the keyboard the Command prompt will open.
(This step is a bit different in other versions of Windows, but not too much. For example, in windows XP and earlier versions you had to click the Start Button, then the Run button and in the next window type CMD.)
Step 2: Use the IPCONFIG command
Now, in the Command prompt window you will have to type IPCONFIG after
Note: Instead of Admin there will be your Computer name.
This command will list all the network settings. The part we are looking for is Default Gateway. The numbers next to it represent the router’s IP address.
Typically, this IP address will begin with 192.168. and depending on your router brand it will be 192.168.1.1 if you have a Linksys router, or it will end in 2.1 or 0.1 in case your router is of another brand.
Now that you have learnt how to find the router IP, you can use it to login to your router. It is a good idea to keep this IP written somewhere, along with the router login details (username and password) in case you need them on another occasion.
Note: Please don’t confuse the router login IP with the IP address you have been assigned by your ISP when you connect to the Internet.