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Default Gateway


Definition: The default gateway is the device, usually a router, that passes network data from the local network to other networks.

In most cases in basic networks, the important part of the default gateway is the IP address that is assigned to the device. This is often referred to as the gateway IP.

See How Do I Find My Default Gateway IP Address? for more help.

"One way to test to see if your router is working properly is to ping the default gateway IP address and check for responses."

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