Finding the IP address of your router is easy on both Macs and PCs. First of all, the most common address for routers is 192.168.1.1 – try this before following these steps.
First, on a Mac running OS X:
- Go to the apple symbol in the top left of your screen and choose System Preferences
- Now look for the icon that looks like a gray globe and says Network underneath
- Make sure that the second drop down box reads Show: Network Status
- Choose either Airport or Built-in Ethernet (whichever has the green light next to it)
- If you choose Airport – click on the tab that reads TCP/IP – else, skip this step
- Now look for the number halfway down the window that says Router: 192.168.1.1
That’s your IP address for your router. Go to your web browser’s address bar (where it displays the http://www.rentageekla.com). Delete whatever is in there completely and enter the number that you’ve found. Press enter.
On a PC computer running Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Vista there is one guaranteed way to find out the IP address of your router no matter which operating system (OS) you are using:
- Go to the start menu or windows logo (Vista) in the bottom left of your screen
- Choose Run (if it is an option) and type cmd then press enter
- If Run is not an option – look for the Command Prompt (aka DOS) program in your list of Programs under Accessories
- A window will pop up with a black background and white text
- Just type in: ipconfig – then press enter
- In the results of this command, look for the number next to Default Gateway. That is the IP address of your router.
Go to your Internet Explorer’s address bar (where it displays the http://www.rentageekla.com). Delete whatever is in there completely and enter the number that you’ve found. Press enter.