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How to Check IP Parameters (IP Address, Subnet, Netmask, Router Gateway) in Mac OS X and Windows Operating System Environments

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Ipconfig; Gateway; Netmask; Router settings; Configuration; Computer IP address;


Microsoft Windows; Macintosh OS X;



Performing the procedures in this article will reveal your computer's IP parameters. Relevant settings include: 
  • IP address
  • Subnet (Netmask)
  • Gateway address (also known as the router's or access point's (AP) IP address, which is useful for opening the router's web page or embedded web server (EWS) page.

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION TEST! Once you have obtained the gateway address, type this address into your Web browsers URL field to open your router's EWS; e.g.,* entered as Click here for another example.

NOTE: * This value will vary by router manufacturer.



Checking settings in Macintosh OS X

Step Action Click Image to Enlarge

From the Dock, click on the System Preferences icon. (See Image 1)

Note: For Macintosh OS 10.3.x, 10.4.x, and 10.5.x, click . For Macintosh OS 10.6.x, 10.7.x, and 10.8.x, click .

Alternatively, you may click on the Apple icon, and then System Preferences. (See Image 2)

Image 1

Image 2

2 Click Network.

Click on the Network adapter used; e.g., Airport, Ethernet, etc. Note the values of the settings mentioned above.

Note: Alternatively, you may click on Advanced. Under the TCP IP tab, you will see the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router or Gateway values.


Alternative procedures in Macintosh OS X

  1. From the Dock, click on the Terminal icon.
  2. Go to Macintosh HD and then open Utilities.
  3. Type ifconfig  at the prompt.
NOTE: The IP parameters are not easily distinguishable with this method.  


Microsoft Windows

Checking TCP/IP settings in most Microsoft operating systems

Step Action Click Image to Enlarge
1 Click on  or . No Image

Click on Run....

Note: Alternatively, press the Win key + R on the keyboard to open the command prompt screen.

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3 In the Run dialog box, type cmd or command, and then click OK.
4 At the prompt, type ipconfig or ipconfig /all, and then press ENTER on the keyboard.
5 Note the values of the settings mentioned above.

Alternatively, you may follow the steps below for Microsoft Windows XP:

Step Action

Click , right-click on My Network Places, and then click on Properties.

Click Image to Enlarge

Right-click on Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection.
Click on Status.
Click on the Support tab, and note the values of the settings mentioned above.


Related articles

If you wish to learn more about these values, follow these links: 
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