Checking the local IP address of your Linksys router

Why do I need to check the local IP address of my Linksys router?

You need to check the local IP address of your Linksys router since it is used to access the router’s web-based setup page.  This is also the Default Gateway that is configured on your computer’s Ethernet adapter when it connects to the network.  It is important to check the local IP address to make sure that you are using the correct address and you are accessing your own router.  The default local IP address of Linksys routers is 192.168.1.1.

IMPORTANT:  Before checking the IP address of your Linksys router, make sure that your computer is connected to it wirelessly or using an Ethernet cable.

Select your computer’s operating system below for specific instructions.

Windows 8
Windows 7/ Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OS®

Windows 8

Step 1:

Press the Windows  key on your keyboard, type “cmd” then press [Enter].
 


Step 2:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].

Step 3:
Look for your router’s local IP address by checking the Default Gateway.

 

Windows 7/ Windows Vista

Step 1:
Click on the Pearl button.  On the Search field, enter “cmd”.

Step 2:
Click on the cmd icon.

Step 3:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].

Step 4:
Look for your router’s local IP address by checking the Default Gateway.

  

Windows XP

Step 1:
Click Start > Run.

Step 2:
Enter “cmd” then click OK.

 

Step 3:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].

Step 4:
Look for your router’s local IP address by checking the Default Gateway.

If the Default Gateway does not show on the command prompt, follow the tips below:

  • Use another cable
  • Use another computer

  • Make sure that the cable is connected properly by checking the LEDs on the router

Mac OS®

Step 1:
Click the Apple icon then select the System Preferences… option.

Step 2:
Click the Network icon under Internet & Wireless.


 

The Mac computer’s IP address, Subnet Mask and the router’s IP address will then be displayed in the Network window.

QUICK TIP:  If you are using a wireless computer and experiencing issues checking the local IP address, you can temporarily turn OFF the wireless capability of your computer and connect it to the router using an Ethernet cable to make sure the wired connection is working fine.

NOTE:  Only the Mac desktop and Macbook Pro® have Ethernet ports that can be used for hardwired connection to the router.
 
If there is no IP address in the Router field, you can try the following steps:

Step 1:
Make sure Ethernet is selected in the left side of the screen and it says Connected.  This will assure you that the computer is using wired connection to your router and is working fine.

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Step 2:
Click on the Advanced button.

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Step 3:
Click on TCP/IP and check the value in the Router field.

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You should have successfully checked the IP address of your router now.
 

Related Articles:

Differences between IPv4 and IPv6
Checking wireless settings
Checking your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address
Checking or changing the basic wireless settings of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using the local access interface

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