What Is Default Gateway And How to Find It?

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in computer networks you have to learn the basics and improve your existing knowledge every single d...

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in computer networks you have to learn the basics and improve your existing knowledge every single day. Novice users generally want immediately to learn how to access their wireless router and make their network more secure and stable.

Generally speaking, the default gateway is somewhere in the middle between the computer network and the online world. All network devices usually come with predefined settings. All these settings can be modified if needed and the first thing you have to know in order to do this is the default gateway or the default IP address. 

For Windows Users

If you use a Windows based machine you will have no trouble in finding the default gateway. Simply open the Control Panel, and find and click the “Network Connections”. After that select the Network and Sharing Centre. 

After you do this, there are two items you should click:
  • Change the adapter settings or
  • “Manage network connections”
Here you will see the network connection as well as the default IP address of your router.

After you click on your network connection you should take look at the network status. Click on Details and look for the IPv4 gateway. These are usually listed under Properties. Congratulations! You have found the default gateway i.e. the default router IP address.

Use the IPCONFIG command

If you want to act smarter and find the default gateway like a pro, you can use the Command prompt to find the default router IP address. After you open the Command Prompt type the following command – ipconfig. After you hit the enter button you will have to scroll down through the network adapter details and take note of the default gateway. This method is recommended when your laptop or computer is connected to the network and when you have just one connection.

For Mac Users

The users of Mac operating systems can also find this IP address easily. For example, Mac users can use the following command in the Terminal app and they will see the default gateway. The command is:
“Netstat - nr I grep default“

For Linux Users

On the other hand this command is quite different if you use Linux operating system. It is:
“ip route I grep default”

The default router IP address 

The most popular router brands today have millions of satisfied users. If you plan to buy a router produced by some of the popular brands you will have to check the advanced features it has to offer. One important thing you have to take care of when you buy a wireless router is the user’s manual. Besides the default IP address, username and password it can help you troubleshoot some minor networking problems. 

For iPhone and iPad users

If you are a proud owner of the mentioned devices you may want to use them to find the default IP address of your router. Here is how to do this properly.
  • Take your iPhone or iPad and click the Settings icon
  • Choose Wi-Fi
  • Tap on the network name you use
  • Here you will see the router default IP address (192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1)
Knowing how to find the default router IP will definitely save you from some headaches if you run into some network problems and definitely help you avoid spending long hours talking to the online support when you have to fix some issues. However if you know how, then you can easily learn how to secure your router and your own wireless network as well. By undertaking just a few easy steps you can be sure no one uninvited will access your network.

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