How to Find Your Gateway Address for Internet

By Tiesha Whatley

Your Default Gateway address is the address of your router. It is how the router is identified when routing IP packets sent to and from your computer. When you connect to a web page, you are sending a request through IP packets for access to the information on the site. The site receives these packets and send some back to your router--that is how the web page is loaded in your web browser. You do not setup or assign your own Gateway address when your Internet connection is established. However, it is easy to find your Default Gateway address if there is a some reason you will need to change it, such as problems with slow or even no connection.

Step 1

Find the Default Gateway for the Windows XP. Click on "Start > Control Panel." Click on "Network Connections." Right-click on your modem or wireless adapter and click "Properties." Click on the "Support" tab. The Default Gateway is listed on this screen.

Step 2

Find the Default Gateway for Windows Vista or Windows 7. Click on "Start > Control Panel." Click on "Network and Internet" and then "Network Sharing Center." Click on the "Change Adapter Settings" in the left-hand pane. Right-click on your modem or wireless adapter and then click on "Properties." On the "Support" tab is where you will find your Default Gateway address.

Step 3

Find the Default Gateway for Mac operating systems. For Mac 8.x or 9.x, click on "Control Panels" from the "Apple" menu. Click on "TCP/IP" to open the "TCP/IP" control panel. The "Router address" is your Default Gateway.For Mac OS X, click on "System Properties > Network" from the "Apple" menu. Select the network connection interface you want from the "Show:" drop-down menu. Click on the "TCP/IP" tab. The "Router" line is your Default Gateway address.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using a version of Windows earlier than XP, click on "Start > Run." Type in "winipcfg" and select your modem or wireless adapter from the drop-down menu. The Default Gateway will be listed on the window that appears.