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How to find the IP address of an Access Point ?

Sometimes you can have a wireless access point on your network that you do not know the IP address of. You need the AP IP to be able to connect and reconfigure it. The IP address may, or may not show in the DHCP client list on your main router/gateway.

You can always try doing a factory reset of the ap, and connect to its default IP address (with its factory username/password), but then you have to reconfigure it to work with your network.

If the access point is the main "gateway" NAT router on your network:

1. Start > Run > type: cmd (to enter command prompt)
2. Type: ipconfig /all
3. In the list, find the line that is your "Default Gateway", this is your primary router/access point.

If the above does not work, or you have multiple access points and you are not connected to the main router, you can try the following solution:

1. Find the MAC address of your access point (it is usually printed on its label).
2. Ping your network address (substitute your client IP's last number with .255, i.e. if your IP is, type: ping
3. Type: arp -a (look for the MAC address of your access point, and note its IP address)

Note: If a secondary AP is not in the ARP list of interfaces, you can also find its assigned IP by logging in to the main NAT router, and looking for it at the LAN wired clients list.

  User Reviews/Comments:
by rb_ - 2015-01-19 07:08
but what if the mac is not in the list?
by anonymous - 2015-08-20 03:25
good question
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