Do you know the IP Address of your home WiFi Router or where to find it? In this tutorial you will learn How to Find the Router IP address on a Windows 10 computer.
What is IP Address
In general, most regular internet users do not know much about IP addresses, certainly not about an IP address assigned to their home WiFi Router.
An IP address (Internet Protocol address) can be described as a unique string of numbers assigned to each device using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network.
An IP address is written as a set of four numbers separated by periods. For example home networks typically have an IP address starting with 192.168. and routers typically have an IP address like 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1.
For the purpose of this article, it is sufficient to know that your Home WiFi Router too has its own unique IP address, just like any other device that is connected to the internet.
Do You Really Need Router IP Address?
Most internet users just plug in a brand new router to the Ethernet port of their computer and start enjoying their new internet connection, not aware or bothered in any way about things like IP Addresses.
Here are some reasons as to why you may need to know the IP Address of your Wi-Fi router.
1. Update software for the router
2. Access advanced router settings
3. Establish parental controls
4. Check and confirm router security
5. Configure settings for your home network
6. Just to be Geeky and learn about routers
Where To Find Router IP Address
The first place to find the IP address of your Router would be the instruction booklet that came with the router. You may also find the router IP address written on a label at the back of the router.
Yet another way of finding the router IP Address would be to head over to the router manufacturer’s website. Most makers of routers like D-link, Linksys and others provide the default router IP address on their website.
Mostly, you should be able to find the IP address of your router using any of the above methods. However, it is still possible that you are unable to use above sources due to the following reasons.
1. You have lost or misplaced the instruction booklet
2. Your Router was installed by your service provider and they never provided this information to you.
3. Your WiFi Router is not using its default IP address (you or someone changed the default router IP address and it is forgotten now)
4. Your Router Model is no longer listed on the manufacturer’s website.
Find Router IP Address in Windows 10
Follow the steps below to find the IP address of your home WiFi Router connected to a computer running Windows 10 operating system.
1. Click on Windows Start button, you will see this located at the left bottom corner of your computer screen. (See image below)
2. Click on Settings (See above image)
3. On the next screen, click on Network and Internet (See image below)
4. Click on Ethernet to bring up the devices that are connected to the Ethernet port of your computer. In the example below, our dedicated testing computer brought up a D-Link router connected to it.
5. Next, click on the Router name (dlink in above case) to bring up the Router Screen, providing you with all the details of your router, including its IP address.
Typically you will see the following details for a D-Link router, assuming that it is using its default IP address.
- IPv4 Address: 192.168.0.X
- IPv4 DNS Servers: 192.168.0.X
The X in above address would be any number that is allocated to your router.