How to Find Your Router's Home IP Address.

Home broadband has two IP addresses. The first one has its very own private address located on the local network. The second one is an external or a public IP address utilized for connecting the internet’s external systems.

How to Find Your Router's IP Address

The external address utilized by a router is set up when it gets connected to the internet service provider using a broadband modem. This address can be accessed from the router itself through IP lookup services that are internet-based. This process is used with other router manufacturers. However, when using Linksys routers, the public IP address can be found through the Internet section’s Status page. Routers made by NETGEAR list this address under the Router Status screen in the Maintenance tab. NETGEAR routers also name this address as the Internet Port IP Address.

Finding the Local IP Address of the Router

A default private IP address number is included in a home router’s local address. This is commonly a similar address with other models from the same manufacturer. It is also located in the documentation of the manufacturer. Another way to view the IP address is through the settings of the router.

For example, a lot of Linksys routers account the private address. This is called the #local Local IP Address that pulls up via the Basic Set-up screen in the Set-up tab.

Moreover, be on the lookout for the name Gateway IP Address as NETGEAR routers might also use that instead of the term Local IP Address. This can be accessed by going to the Maintenance tab and clicking on the Router Status page.

Default Local IP Addresses of Router Brands

The following local IP addresses are utilized by default by some of the better-known router brands. NETGEAR and D-Link routers usually set their local IP address to Linksys set their internal address to by default.

Moreover, SMC and many Belkin routers utilize the local IP Cisco routers, on the other hand, commonly use three local IPs. These are,, or Finally, the routers manufactured by U.S. Robotics utilize by default. There is an option for administrators to make changes to this IP address. This is done during the set-up stage of the router. The changes could also be made any time later through the administrative console of the router.

Keep in mind that the IP address of the router remains the same or static. The IP address remains unchanged until or unless it gets changed manually. This is unlike the home network’s other IP addresses that typically change now and then.

Furthermore, when running operating systems like Linux, Mac, and Windows, there are several other methods to locate and view the router’s local IP. This method applies especially when you don’t prefer to check out the router. You simply have to determine the default gateway address to do this.

Some Other Information About IP Addresses

A home network's public IP address will most definitely change now and then. This happens because most customers get designated dynamic addresses by the internet service provider or ISP. The ISPs re-designate or re-assign public IPs from their pool, and therefore, they change every once in a while. Keep in mind that these numbers apply to the conventional addressing of IPv4, which is usually applied on networks.

However, IPv6 utilizes another system for numbering when it comes to their IP addresses. They use different methods for numbering, though, the concepts applied are identical. When it comes to corporate networks, the discovery of network services that are based on SNMP or Simple Network Management Protocol can identify the routers’ IP addresses instantly. Also, the SNMP can determine the IP addresses of a lot of other devices on the network. 

Emil S.

Emil is a Data & Design Specialist with a degree in BS Information System, specializes in Admin Support & Creative Design.

Show all articles by Emil