Netgear IP address:
The Netgear Router has both an Internal IP Address, and also an External IP Address.
The External Netgear Address is assigned by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and is seen by everyone outside your home wireless network.
The Internal Address, is only seen from inside your home wireless network, referred to as the Default Gateway.
Network packets sent through the Default Gateway to the Internet record the External Netgear IP Address as your return address when information is requested and replied to.
The default internal Netgear IP address is normally 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 depending on the model.
Your routers internal Netgear IP address can also be changed if you desire, by accessing the routers setup and configuration menus from any computer on your local network.
Let's get started:
In this lesson we're going to demonstrate how you can display and change both your external and internal IP address for you router.
I'll be using the setup menus from a WNDR3400 N600 series wireless router, however most Netgear wireless routers have very simalar configuration screens.
Displaying the Internal Netgear IP Address:
If your computer is has not previously connected to your wireless network, you will need to connect physically with your Netgear router using an ethernet/network cable.
This will open your computers command prompt window displaying your current path followed by a blinking cursor.
This is your Netgear router address for your private internal home network.
If you need to change your Netgear routers internal IP address, you can do so by logging into the routers setup and configuration menu.
Changing the Netgear Internal IP Address:
If your not familiar with performing a Netgear Router Login, then begin here.
The main Setup screen is the opening page you will be viewing after signing in to your Netgear router, and on leftside of the page will be the navigation bar.
The "LAN Setup" screen will be displayed on the rightside of the page.
After the router is rebooted, you'll need to reboot or power cycle all the computers and devices on your wireless home network, so they will be aware of the new default gateway address.
Thats it! Thats all there is to it.
Changing the External Netgear IP Address:
There are basically 2 ways to change your "external" IP address.
To change your modem or routers external IP address when your ISP is using DHCP you will simply need to unplug or power off your modem and router for approximately 12 to 24hours, just to let you know how long of a time your looking at.
The actual time you'll need to wait will be depending on how long your ISP has setup its "IP address lease" information, so you will need to contact your ISP and ask exactly how long to power off your equipment before thier server will issue a new IP.
If you turn off your Netgear router or Internet modem and power it on again before the IP address lease expires, it will most likely be issued the same IP address.
Many clients request static IP information from thier ISP, due to having other servers or applications that require thier using which need to communicate with a fixed or "static" IP address.
After you contact your ISP, and have been given the "static" TCP/IP information you need only to login to your Netgear router and configure it with the new settings.
Lets get started:
The main screen after signing in to your Netgear router, will have a navigation bar on the leftside of the page.
The "Basic Settings" screen will be on the rightside of the page, allowing you to make the nessessary changes.
After the router is rebooted, you will need to power cycle or reboot all the network devices on your wireless home network, so they can work properly with the new IP configuration in place.
Thats it! Your external Netgear router IP has been changed.