In the networking world, a default gateway is an IP address that traffic gets sent to when it’s bound for a destination outside the current network. On most home and small business networks—where you have a single router and several connected devices—the router’s private IP address is the default gateway. All devices on your network send traffic to that IP address by default. Windows devices call this the “default gateway” in the interface. Macs, iPhones, and iPads simply call it “router” in their interfaces. And on other devices, you may just see “gateway” or something similar. The IP address for your router is important because that’s the address you’ll have to type into your browser in order to locate your router’s web-based setup page where you can configure its settings.

Find Your Router’s IP Address in Windows

Your router’s IP address is the “Default Gateway” in your network connection information on Windows. If you prefer using the Command Prompt, you can find the default gateway for any connection quickly by using the ipconfig command.

If you prefer, you can also find the default gateway address through the graphic interface. First, open the Control Panel. Just click Start, type “control panel,” and then hit Enter.

In the “Network and Internet” category, click the “View network status and tasks” link.

In the upper right corner of the “Network and Sharing Center” window, click the name of your network connection.

In the “Ethernet Status” window, click the “Details” button.

In the “Network Connection Details” window, you’ll find your router’s IP address listed as “IPv4 Default Gateway.”

Find Your Router’s IP Address in Mac OS X

If you’re using a Mac, finding your router’s IP address is pretty straightforward. Click the “Apple” menu on the bar at the top of your screen and select “System Preferences”. In the “System Preferences” window, click the “Network” icon.

Select your network connection—for example, a Wi-Fi or wired connection—and then click the “Advanced” button at the bottom of the screen.

In the “Network” window, select the “TCP/IP” tab. You’ll see your router’s IP address listed simply as “Router.”

Find Your Router’s IP Address on the iPhone and iPad

On an iPhone or iPad, just head to Settings > Wi-Fi, and then tap the name of your Wi-Fi network. You’ll see the router’s IP address listed as “Router”.

Find Your Router’s IP Address in Android

Oddly enough, Android doesn’t provide a way to view network connection information out of the box.

Many third-party Android apps will show this information, including Wi-FI Analyzer, which also provides an excellent way to choose the ideal Wi-Fi channel for your router’s Wi-Fi network. If you have another network information app, just look for the “Gateway” IP address.

If you use Wi-Fi Analyzer, tap the “View” menu, and then select “AP list”. At the top of this screen, you’ll see a “Connected to: [Network Name]” header. Tap that and a window will appear with more information about your network. You’ll find the router’s address listed as “Gateway.”

Find Your Router’s IP Address in Chrome OS

If you’re using a Chromebook, click the notification area at right side of your taskbar, click the “Connected to [Network Name]” option in the list that pops up, and then click the name of the wireless network you’re connected to.

When the network information appears, click the “Network” tab and you’ll see the router’s address listed as “Gateway.”

Find Your Router’s IP Address in Linux

Most Linux desktops have a network icon in their notification area. Typically, you can click this network icon and then select “Connection Information”—or something similar. Look for the IP address displayed next to “Default Route” or “Gateway”.


And now that you know generally what to look for and where, you should also be able to find your router’s IP address without too much trouble on devices we haven’t covered, too. Any device that allows you to connect to the network and view information about the network connection should display it. Just look under the network connection settings for anything listing a gateway, router, or default route address.

How do I find out what my IP address is?If you prefer using the Command Prompt, you can find the default gateway for any connection quickly by using the ipconfig command. If you prefer, you can also find the default gateway address through the graphic interface. First, open the Control Panel. Just click Start, type “control panel,” and then hit Enter.

About IP addresses

An IP address (short for Internet Protocol address) is used to identify computers on the Internet. It works like a return address would on a piece of mail.

How IP addresses work

When your computer or device sends a request, like a search on Google, it tags the request with your IP address. That way Google knows where to send the response.

How Google uses your IP address

Your IP address is usually based on a real-world location. Google might use your IP address to guess where you are and give you local results.

For example, Google could use your IP address to give you the weather forecast for the town you’re in when you search for weather.

What an IP address looks like

Your IP address will be a number, like 172.16.254.1 or 2001:db8:0:1234:0:567:8:1.

Find your IP address

When you search what is my IP on Google Search, you’ll see the IP address of the computer or device where you did the search.Find your IP address

Find your PC’s IP address

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8.1


You might need your PC’s IP address if you want to set up an Internet connection, allow other people to connect to your PC, or need to troubleshoot network problems.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In Windows 8.1, select the Start button , start typing View network connections, and then select it in the list.
    • In Windows 7, open Network Connections by selecting the Start button  and then selecting Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, select View network connections.
  2. Select an active network connection, and then, in the toolbar, select View status of this connection. (You might need to select the chevron icon to find this command.)
  3. Select Details.

    Your PC’s IP address appears in the Value column, next to IPv4 Address.

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