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How to Find Router IP Address in macOS: A First Step Towards Network Troubleshooting

How to Find Router IP Address on Mac

Internet technologies have evolved from dial-up to fiber, but there’s one thing following through this evolution – routers. No matter how fast internet connection you have, when things don’t work, the very first thing all of us check is the router settings. If you have experience, you may already know that router configuration are accessed through an IP address in the browser. But if you have newly experienced a network issue, you may first need to find the Router IP address on your Mac.

Well, it isn’t like finding a lost treasure, so not to worry, we got your back. Just follow few simple steps mentioned in this post to find what you are looking for. Most of the process remains the same for Wifi or ethernet.

How to Find Router IP Address on Mac

#1. Find Router IP address on Mac from Status Bar

The recently launched version of macOS has included a keyboard shortcut to get information about the network you are connected – right from the status bar.

All you need to do is to press and hold the (⌥) option key and then click on the Wifi icon on the status bar. The router IP address is mentioned besides the “Router” option.

Find Router IP from Mac Status Bar

Just in case if you are using an older version of Mac OS, you can get the same information from System Preferences. Head south to learn about it

#2. Find Router IP address on Mac from System Preferences

Step #1. Click on the Apple Logo on the top-right side of the display and then click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Under System Preferences, click on Network.

Click on Network in Mac System Preferences

  • If you are using ethernet, click on the Ethernet option in the left sidebar. The router IP address is displayed beside “Router” on the right side of the window
  • If you are using WiFi, click on Wifi from the left sidebar option and then click on “Advanced” from the bottom-right corner of the window

Click on Wi-Fi then Advanced in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. All you need to do now is to click on the TCP/IP tab available on the screen.

Click on TCP IP Tab in Network Settings on Mac

Your Router IP address will be displayed beside “Router” text.

Find Router IP using Mac System Preferences

That’s it. Now that you have the IP address of your router, you can make necessary changes to the configuration.

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As a word of caution, do not make changes to router configuration if you aren’t sure what you are doing. You may end up with a dead internet connection and may need technical assistance from the service provider. Also, you may need to have the username and password for your Router console to make changes.

Router IP is generally used for port forwarding or for applying restrictions to the existing network. Anyways, whatever may be the reason, follow the guide and you’ll end up with what you were looking for.

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