- Default Gateway IP Address

Business computer network routers gateway address

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The IP address is sometimes used as a default local address for network routers. Some Cisco brand routers and Infinity routers supplied by Comcast commonly have as their default. This same address may be used instead by any other private network device but by convention is normally assigned to a network gateway or other kind of network server

What is a Gateway Address? is called a default gateway address when it represents the local side of a router or wireless access point connection to the Internet.

Client devices see this address appear in their TCP/IP network gateway settings after joining the local area network (LAN). In classful IP networks, is a Class A address with default subnet mask

Using Devices on

Use the ping utility to determine whether any device on the local network is actively using

If assigned to a router, administrators can reach its console by pointing a Web browser to

that in turn will prompt for a username and password. See How to Access Your Router. is more commonly seen in business computer networks than in home networks where broadband routers normally use addresses in the 192.168.x.x series instead.

Both the 10.x.x.x and 192.168.x.x series fall within private IP address ranges.Being a private address, cannot be used to connect to devices over the Internet.

How to Troubleshoot Issues with Using

Users and administrators can encounter several issues when working with

  • Incorrect device address assignment. An administrator must set up gateways with as a static IP address (so that clients can rely on the address not changing). On broadband routers, for example, this address is entered on one of the console pages, while business routers may use configuration files and command line scripts instead. Mistyping this address, or entering the address in the wrong place, results in the device not being available on
  • Gateway device unresponsive. The device correctly assigned to may suddenly stop working due to technical failures on the device or with the network itself. See also – Troubleshooting Home Network Router Problems.
  • Incorrect client address assignment: On WI-Fi networks, clients connect to the gateway through the network name (SSID), and the necessary IP address settings are applied to the client automatically. Most other networks also depend on automated client address assignment. Glitches in this process are uncommon but can cause a client's gateway settings to be corrupted or lost.