Netgear IP Address

Displaying and Changing External Internal
Netgear Router IP Addresses

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 or 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:

  1. On your wireless network locate a working PC or laptop which is currently connected to the Internet.

  2. 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.

    netgear router port
  3. Connect one end of the ethernet cable to an available network port on the back of your Netgear router, as follows.

  4. laptop network port
  5. Take the other end of the ethernet cable and attach it to the RJ45 or network port on your computer. Most all computers sold in todays market are sold standard with a network interface card already installed.

  6. On your computer click on: Start\All Programs\Accessories\Command Prompt

  7. This will open your computers command prompt window displaying your current path followed by a blinking cursor.

  8. Type in the following command: "ipconfig /all" and press the "Enter" key.

  9.                     ipconfig results

  10. Detailed information about your computers IP configuration will be returned to your screen. Look for the "Default Gateway" address which is typically set to or for most Netgear routers.

This is your Netgear router address for your private internal home network.

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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:

  1. Start by logging into your Netgear router.

  2. If your not familiar with performing a Netgear Router Login, then begin here.

    netgear advanced wireless setup

    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.

  3. On the navigation bar locate the "Advanced" section, and then click on the link for "LAN Setup".

  4. The "LAN Setup" screen will be displayed on the rightside of the page.

  5. Under the section "LAN TCP/IP Setup", enter the new internal IP address you wish to assign the router.

  6. In the next section you can choose whether to use your Netgear router as a DHCP server(recommended), which will automatically assign all your wireless enabled devices IP address their own unique address on the private network.

  7. If you have a need for setting up "static" IP addresses for all your network equipment, you can uncheck the "Use Router as DHCP Server", and enter the "Start" and "End" IP address range you want to assign as available IP addresses on your home network.

  8. netgear router apply changes
  9. Click on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the page to save settings.

  10. To introduce the new Netgear router IP address to your wireless home network, just reset the router by closing out your Internet web broswer and powering off your wireless router for approximately 3mins, and then letting it completely power up to a ready state.

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    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.

  1. The First Way: Is if you have your Netgear wireless routers "Internet IP Address" set to "Get Dynamically from ISP", which means your ISP uses DHCP to automatically assign your modem/routers external IP address the moment it announces itself on the network.

  2. 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.

  3. The Second Way: You can change your external Netgear IP address if you request a "static" IP from your ISP.

tech tip

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:

  1. Log into your Netgear router. If your not familiar with logging into your Netgear wireless router scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow the link to the Netgear Wireless Router page, and click on Netgear Router Login.

  2. The main screen after signing in to your Netgear router, will have a navigation bar on the leftside of the page.

    netgear router basic settings
  3. On the navigation bar under the section "Setup" ,click on the link for "Basic Settings".

  4. The "Basic Settings" screen will be on the rightside of the page, allowing you to make the nessessary changes.

    netgear router static ip information
  5. Under the section "Internet IP Address" select the bullet option for "Use Static IP Address".

  6. Enter the new "static" IP address information provided by your ISP.

  7. netgear router apply settings
  8. Once you have completed entering all the "static" IP information, scroll down the bottom of the page and click on the "Apply" button to save the changes.

  9. To begin using the external IP issued by your ISP, simply close your Internet broswer, and power cycle the Netgear wireless router for at least 3 minutes, and then letting it power up completely through its bootup process until its at a ready state.


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.

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