Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking Find Your Home's IP Address in Your Router Your router has two IP addresses that are easy to find By Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated November 11, 2019 The Ultimate Router Buying Guide The Ultimate Router Buying Guide Introduction Router Basics What Is a Router and How Does It Work? How to Pick the Right Wireless Router Router Standards Explained Modem vs Router Can You Use Two Routers Same Network? Do I Need a Modem and a Router? Routers, Switches and Hubs Explained How to Find Your Router's IP Addresses What Is MIMO Technology? Best Names for Routers & Home Networks Best Placement for Wireless Routers How to Set up a Home Network Router Best Overall Routers Best Wireless Routers Best Cable Modem/Router Combos Best Long-Range Routers Best Secure Routers Best Parental Control Routers Best DD-WRT Routers Best Routers for Under $100 Best Routers for Under $50 Best 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless Routers Best 802.11n Routers Best 802.11g Wireless Broadband Routers Best VPN Routers Best Gaming Routers Best By Brand & Range Best Linksys Routers Best Wireless Router Brands Best Netgear Routers Best Routers at Walmart Top Routers Reviewed Google Wifi Review Netgear Orbi Review Netgear C3700 Review Netgear C3000 Review Linksys EA8300 Review Linksys EA9500 Review Linksys WRT3200ACM Review Samsung SmartThings Router Review Asus RT-AC88U Gaming Router Review Linksys AC1900 Review Best Router Essentials Best Wi-Fi Extenders Best Wi-Fi USB Adapters Best Cable Modems Best Powerline Network Adapters Tweet Share Email A home broadband router has two IP addresses—one is its own private address on the local network and the other is the external, public IP address that's used for communicating with outside networks on the internet. How to Find the Router's External IP Address The external facing address managed by a router is set when it connects to the internet service provider with a broadband modem. This address can be seen from web-based IP lookup services such as IP Chicken and also from within the router itself. It's a similar process with other manufacturers, but on Linksys routers, you can see the public IP address on the Status page in the Internet section. NETGEAR routers might call this address the Internet Port IP Address and have it listed in the Maintenance > Router Status screen. How to Find the Router's Local IP Address Home routers have their local address set to a default, private IP address number. It's usually the same address for the other models from that manufacturer, and it can be seen in the manufacturer's documentation. You can also check this IP address in the router's settings. For example, most Linksys routers list the private address, called the Local IP Address in the Setup > Basic Setup screen. A NETGEAR router might call it a Gateway IP Address on the Maintenance > Router Status page. Here are the default local IP addresses for some of the most popular brands of routers: Linksys routers usually use 192.168.1.1 for their default internal addressD-Link and NETGEAR routers are most commonly set to 192.168.0.1Cisco routers are often 192.168.10.2, 192.168.1.254, or 192.168.1.1Some Belkin and SMC routers use 192.168.2.1U.S. Robotics routers use 192.168.123.254 Administrators have the option to change this IP address during router setup or at any time later in the router's administrative console. Unlike other IP addresses on home networks that usually change periodically, the router's private IP address remains static (fixed) unless someone manually changes it. There are a number of ways to find the local IP address of the router in Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems if you'd rather not look at the router itself. You can do that by finding the default gateway address. More Information on IP Addresses The public IP address of a home network will probably change periodically because the ISP assigns dynamic addresses to most customers. These change over time as they're reallocated from the company's address pool. These numbers apply to the traditional IPv4 addressing most commonly used on networks. The new IPv6 uses a different numbering system for its IP addresses although similar concepts apply. On corporate networks, network discovery services based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) can automatically determine the IP addresses of routers and many other network devices.