IP Address, mere knowledge of the phrase makes you feel so techie. But if you how to use it right, it has a whole lot more to give you. The Internet has been around for quite some time now,networking even more so. But over the course of time, the abstraction of underlying activities has made us ignorant of how things actually work in a network. In the times of well-known and easy to remember website names, who would even bother to remember the long set of digits. 192.168.0.1 IP Address thus seem to have less direct significance in our general lives. That said, there still are some areas where they’re still required, and your Home WiFi router is one of them.
What’s the Use of Knowing your IP Address ?
For the foremost process of mere log in, you need to have the IP Address of your router to connect to it. As told above most of us don’t bother to know much about the IP Address and prefer calling the service center to fix even trivial WiFi issues. A little knowledge about the IP Address in general and more specifically about your router’s IP Address might help you fix some of them. So let us talk more about IP Address in general and eventually come down to the process of knowing the IP Address of your router.
Basically, IP Address is a numeric combination of four different numbers separated by a dot or period. A typical IP address might look like 184.108.40.206 where 123, 45, 6 and 7 are separated by periods. Roughly speaking, these are the addresses for the network node you want to reach, like a typical mail address. To get connected with a network device, you need to have its IP Address. However, nowadays IP Addresses have been replaced by meaningful names that we easily remember but for devices like Router, most of them still work with conventional methods. Routers have an inbuilt web-based interface that allows them to connect with your laptops or smartphones or other such devices. But there are very few Routers that have can be accessed by meaningful names and most of them still work on IP Addresses for one reason or other.
Thus, the bottom line states that you most probably need to know your Router’s IP Address to do practically anything.
So, how do we know the IP Address?
The method to do this is different for different Operating Systems and so is the names they have for a router. While Windows likes the word “Default Gateway”it is still a “Router” for Apple. So let us take a look at how to know the IP Address of your router with these OS.
If you’re a Windows user, here’s how you get the IP Address of your router.
- Press the ‘Windows’ and ‘R’ key together or simply select Run from the start menu.
- Now in the ‘Run’ window, enter CMD to open the command Prompt
- In the command prompt type in ‘ipconfig’ and press enter key
- You’ll be shown the IP details of your device along with the IP Address of your router, labeled as Default Gateway.
For OS X there are two methods for Yosemite and Snow Leopard. For snow leopard, you just need to go to your Network Preferences and click on the ‘Advanced’ button.
There under the TCP/IP tab you’ll find the IP Address labeled as Router.
For Yosemite, on the other hand, you need to open the terminal and type in,
netstat –nr | grep default
And you’ll be shown you IP Address.
IP Addresses are hard to remember. That is why they were replaced by names in the first place. But once you know it you can easily use it like any other website address with the help of your browser and connect to your router. Once, the connection is done you are free to configure your Router as you may. Thus, some simple steps and a little knowledge about the IP Address and how it works can help you a lot of baffling WiFi problems that you might face every now and then. For more tips on IP Address and assistance to configure your Router feel free to visit us.