Default Gateway

You will need to log into your router’s administration page for setup and configuration purposes. To gain access to these settings, you must know your default gateway IP address. Here is how to find it on all major OS.

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What is Default Gateway?

What does Default Gateway mean?

A default gateway allows devices within one network to send information to devices within another network. If you are requesting a certain web page, the traffic is first sent to your default gateway before leaving the local network to reach its intended destination.

Probably the simplest way to understand a default gateway is to think of it as an intermediary or middleman between your local network and the World Wide Web. It is essential for transmitting information from the local subnet to other subnets, and vice-versa.

On most home and business networks, which are usually made up of a single router and multiple connected computers and mobile devices, the private IP address given to your router is the default gateway IP address.

This numerical address will be called “default gateway” on Windows devices, while it is normally referred to as “router” on iOS and Mac devices. When it comes to other platforms, however, it might be named something along the likes of “gateway” or “gateway route”.


What Is My Default Gateway/ Router IP Address?

Learn the steps to find your gateway IP address on Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iPhone/iPad, Linux, and Chrome OS.

How to Find Your Default Gateway IP Address in Windows

Using Control Panel

  • Type Control Panel in the Windows search box (usually located at the bottom left of the screen), and hit Enter when it appears.
  • Click View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet section.
  • In the Network and Sharing Center window, click the network connection whose default gateway IP you want to know.
  • Once the Ethernet Status window appears, click Details.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to IPv4 Default Gateway.

Using Command Prompt

  • Press the Win + R keys on your keyboard.
  • Type cmd and press Enter.
  • Type ipconfig command in the Command Prompt window.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Default Gateway.

How to Find Default Gateway IP Address on Mac OS X?

Using System Preferences

  • Click the Apple icon (at the top left of the screen) and select System Preferences.
  • Click Network.
  • Select your network connection and then click Advanced.
  • Select the TCP/IP tab and find your gateway IP address listed next to Router.

Using Terminal

  • Click the Spotlight icon (at the top right of the screen).
  • Type Terminal and hit Enter when it appears.
  • Type the following command netstat -nr | grep default in the Terminal application.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Default.

How to Find Default Gateway IP Address on Android?

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Long tap your network connection.
  • Tap Modify network.
  • Tap Advanced options.
  • Switch the IPv4 settings to Static.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Gateway.

Note: The steps for finding your gateway IP on Android will vary depending on the version you are currently using.


How to Find Default Gateway IP Address on iPhone/iPad?

  • From your iOS device, tap Settings.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Tap the (i) next to your network connection.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Router.

How to Find Default Gateway IP Address on Linux?

  • Click the Network icon (at the top right of the screen) in the notification area.
  • Select Connection Information.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Default Route.

How to Find Default Gateway IP Address on Chrome OS?

  • Click the status area (at the bottom right of the screen) and select Settings.
  • Select Wi-Fi network or Ethernet from the drop down box under Internet connection and then click your network connection.
  • Click the Network tab.
  • Find your gateway IP address listed next to Gateway.


Default Gateway
Frequently Asked Questions

A default gateway helps two or more hosts with different IPs to communicate with each other when connected to the same router. Without a default gateway, devices connected on the same router won’t be able to communicate with each other.

If the default gateway IP address is incorrectly configured then, the devices connected on the local network will be unable to communicate outside their network. However, they can communicate with each other internally.

A broadcast address is what you use when you want all nearby devices to see your request visibly. On the other hand, a default gateway is what you use when you want a remote device to understand your request.

They can’t be the same. Each computer has a unique IP address, and that’s what distinguishes it from the rest of the devices.