How to login to a router? How to look up the internal IP address of a router? What is

Your router is a networking device transferring data between your home computers and the Internet. A home router would connect to the Internet through your ISP, and would forward and receive data via DSL, ADSL, high-speed fiber optical lines using a cable. It can also have a mobile broadband modem plugged in and access the Internet via a 3G, 4G, EDGE or LTE mobile broadband connection provided by a wireless ISP, most often a mobile network operator.

What is a router IP?

The router’s LAN IP address (also called ‘internal’ or ‘private’ IP) is a binary number assigned to it in the local network. It’s an internal IPv4/IPv6 network address, and one can’t connect to the router from outside the local network using it. Once inside your home or office local network, you may login to the administrative console of your router via a web interface launched in your web browser.

For example, for, which is one of the most common default router IP addresses, copy/paste or type into the address bar of your browser (no spaces) or

— and a login screen will pop up.

What if 192.168.l.l doesn’t work?

Your router may be using another LAN IP address, or there might be a connection problem, so if 192.168.l.l won’t work

  1. Make sure there is a connection between the router and the computer. In case of a wireless access point double check that your computer or mobile is connected to the same wireless network your router operates.
  2. Look up your router’s internal IP in one of the two simple ways below:

Option 1

If you’re configuring a brand new piece, check its bottom for a sticker with factory settings information: it includes the router IP address assigned by the manufacturer (,, etc). You may alternatively do a web search for default settings of your router.

Option 2


Enter Command Prompt (Start>search box>cmd), type

ipconfig | findstr /i "Gateway"

and press Enter — the system will return your router’s IP address.



Enter Terminal (Applications>System Tools>Terminal), type

ip route | grep default

press Enter, check the returned IP value


Enter Terminal (Finder>Applications>Utilities>Terminal.app), type

netstat -nr | grep default

press Enter, check the returned IP value

iOS (Apple iPhone)

Open the Settings app and then the Wi-Fi menu item, click on the name of the network you’re connected to — the value in line 3 in Connection Details (DHCP or Static tab) will be your router IP.


Install a third-party app giving access to your Wi-Fi network information — your router IP will be listed in the line named ‘Router’, ‘Gateway’ or ‘Default Gateway’.

Also, for some routers there is an option to enter the administrative console without using the internal IP address: for instance, D-Link routers are accessible by simply entering


into the browser address bar.