Default gateway, IP address, internet protocol, and a large number of terms related to computers are commonly used every day without us realizing, therefore, when one of those generates an error or something needs to be modified, we usually do not know what they are or what they are used for. That is why today we show you what the Default Gateway is, what it is for and how you can identify it on your computer.
What is the Default Gateway?
To clarify first, the “Default” in Default Gateway simply means default. The Default Gateway is a node or device that allows you to connect your equipment or network with other networks, protocols, architectures and others at all communication levels. It works as a translator of all the protocol information that is being used in one network to the protocol used in the other. This ability to be an address translator allows the IP Masquerading technique to be applied, which is very commonly used to give internet to different computers in a network with a single external IP address. It is the default route that a team has assigned to send the packets with unknown interface and that does not define a specific route in the equipment.
To put it another way: the Default Gateway functions as a translator or an intermediary between different networks and protocols. Also, the Gateway is a device or device that is configured to connect all the equipment belonging to a local network to an external network, that is, it allows communication to a network with the Internet. For example, if your computer or a computer in your network needs to connect to the Internet, the request runs through the Default Gateway first before leaving your local network and reaching the Internet.
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How to know what is my Default Gateway?
To identify your Default Gateway IP in Windows, just follow the next steps:
- Open the Command Promt: You can do this by clicking on the start button and in the search box type “cmd” without the quotes, then press Enter. Another way to open the console is by the combination of keys: Windows key and the letter R (Windows + R), you write “cmd” and press enter.
- Ipconfig: Once in the command prompt, type “ipconfig” without the quotes, and press Enter. This will show you a series of lines of text and numbers, look for the one that says “Default Gateway” followed by a number. It should look like this:
Default Gateway. . . . . . . . . xxx.x.x.x (where X is your Default Gateway)
To get the more info on Default Gateway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Default_gateway