When you set up your router for the first time you will be asked to enter the administrative username and password in order to login to it. This is a necessary step to complete the setup process since the router configuration settings have to be modified in order for everything to function properly and in a more secure environment. When you finish this you have to visit any website and check whether your connection works properly. If for some reason the website doesn’t load, there are two reasons behind this:
- The router is offline
- There is a technical problem
The router configuration can be modified easily. There you can change the network name, protect your wireless network with a password, enable and disable Wi-Fi and so on.
However, the login process won’t be possible if you don’t know the default password of your router. A fact that will ease our attempts to find the default IP is that the default IP is actually the default gateway.One such IP address i.e. default gateway is 192.168.2.1. This is one of the common IP addresses used today, but there are others too.
The router IP and its importance
Of all the network equipment we can freely say that the router is the most important part in your network. And the possibility to configure its options make its web based utility even more important. This is the place where you can secure your entire wireless network and modify other settings like port forwarding, and similar. However, for a successful login you have to know the default router IP, username and password. Please not that this password is not the same as the wireless internet password you use to connect your smartphone or tablet to the network.
Now. let’s learn how to find the default router IP and check whether 192.168.2.1 is the actual default IP of your router.
METHOD 1: Use a software
There are some free software tools online which can help you find the default router IP address. For example any network router detector software will help you find the router IP.
METHOD 2: Use the Command prompt
Know Router IP address with Windows prompt
The easiest way to find the router IP is to use the Command Prompt. It is a very useful tool which is part of your Windows system. Here is the step by step explanation on how to use this tool.
- First you have to start the Command prompt. You can do this by clicking the Start button and in the top right part of the screen click on the Search icon. Then type CMS. This will give you an option to start the Command prompt os click on it.
- When the Command prompt opens type IPCONFIG and hit the Enter button.
- You will be presented with lots of network related data. Scroll down an look for the Default Gateway.
- The numbers presented there are the router’s default IP address. Remember when we said that these two are identical.
METHOD 3: Use the Control Panel
The Control Panel can also be used to determine the router default IP address.
- So, the first thing you have to do is to open the Control panel by clicking the Start Button and selecting Control panel in the menu on the right.
- Under Network and Internet look for Network status
- Right-click on the Network Name and then click the Details button.
- Here you will find the default router IP address i.e. the default gateway.
As you can see, finding the default router IP address is not so complicated and you won’t have problems to learn any of these methods. The good thing is that the next time you want to login to the router you will be able to do this in a minute. Just make sure to prepare the default username and password and you will be ready to start tweaking the router settings.