Whether you are looking to upgrade the firmware of your existing router or need to secure your Wireless network with an even stronger password, you first need to know the exact IP address of the router in order to access the various settings.
Now the default IP address of most routers is either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 but in some cases - see example - you might have changed the default IP address at the time of installation and unfortunately, you do not remember that value any more.
Not a problem. There are at least two easy ways by which you can quickly determine the IP address of your router.
Option #1 – Go to Start – > Run and enter the following command in the Run box.
cmd /k ipconfig
The IP address listed under “Default Gateway” is your router’s IP address.
Option #2 – Open the Run box again and type the traceroute command as shown below:
cmd /k tracert www.labnol.org
The IP Address listed at the first hop in the traceroute log is your router’s IP address.
If you are using a Mac, the process to determine the router’s IP address is slightly different. Open the Terminal app and run the following command:
route -n get default
Note the value of “default gateway” - that’s the address of your router.
If nothing works, you might have to reset the router to factory defaults and this will change its IP address back to 192.168.1.1 (Google the name of your router model for the exact value).