In a typical home or small office network”Router” (commonly known as: ADSL Modem/Router) is a device that connects your computer(s) to the Internet. A router has two (2) IP addresses to perform this task: one internal IP address (usually “LAN“, “Local” or “Private IP Address”) is used to connect your router and internal network (computers) and one external IP address (usually “PUBLIC IP addresses”) is used to connect the router (and your PCs) to the external network (Internet).
An IP address is a numerical label assigned to each connected network device and it identifies that device’s network address. Generally, all IP addresses are based on the TCP/IP v4 protocol, and in this protocol, each IP address consists of four (4) numbers separated by dots. Usually home and small office (internal) networks have IP addresses based on this form: 192.168.1.x or 192.168.2.x. In such cases, the router’s internal IP address is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1, respectively.
Most routers have a web-based interface for management and configuration. This web interface can be accessed from any computer using a common Internet browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla). So, if you want to access your router’s web interface, here’s what you need to know:
- The router’s administrative credentials, commonly known as a username (or user ID) and password. To find this information, see your router’s manual (the manufacturer’s documentation) or look under your router on the manufacturer’s sticker.
- Your router’s internal (LAN) IP address. This information can be found in the router manual or any computer connected to the router. To find your router’s LAN IP address from any connected computer, follow these instructions:
How to find your router’s local (internal, LAN) IP address.
To find your router LAN IP addressdo the following:
Step 1. Connect your computer to the router.
Before proceeding, make sure that you are physically connected (using a LAN cable or wireless connection) to the router (network). To provide:
- If your router is already configured for Internet access, make sure that you can connect (access) to the Internet.
- If you want to configure (set up) your router for the first time, use an ethernet (LAN) cable to connect the LAN port of your computer to the free LAN port on the side of the router.
Step 2: Find your router’s local IP address (LAN).
To find your router’s LAN IP address from your Windows computer:
1. Click on “Windows” + “RClick the ” button to download Running dialog box.
2. write “ncpa.cpl“ and press Enter.
3. Yes Network connections, double click at:
- “Local network connection” (if your PC is connected to the network (Internet) via an Ethernet (LAN) cable
- “Wireless connection” (if your personal computer is connected to the network (Internet) via a wireless card.
4. Yes Local network connection status window:
Windows 8, 7 or Vista: press “Details“.
Windows XP: Click on “Support” label.
5. At”Network connection details“pay attention”IPv4 default gateway” value. This value is the IP address of your router.
- (eg “192.168.1.1” in the screenshot below).
Windows XP: Pay attention to “Default gateway” value (eg “192.168.2.1” in the screenshot below).
How to access your router’s web interface.
- To access your router’s configuration interface, open your web browser and type “Gateway value” found in a previous step (eg “192.168.1.1”) and press “Enter“. *
*Note: Some router models do not allow control over wireless connections. In such cases, try using an Ethernet cable to control the router.
- Enter your router (Admin) Username and Psword Press the & buttonOK” to start managing your router.*