How to Find Your IP Address

An IP address is a unique string of numbers used to identify the location of a computer on a network.

If you’re connecting to the internet through a router, then not only will your computer will have it’s own unique IP address but the router will have it’s own unique IP address as well as any other networking device connected to that router.

There are two types of IP addresses that you will have, either a static IP (never changes) or a dynamic  IP (changes each connection). To determine whether your IP is static or dynamic, you will have to contact your internet service provider.

To find your IP address, do the following:

Windows 7

  1. 1. Go to  the Start Menu
  2. 2. Click in the search box that says ‘Search programs and files’
  3. 3. Type cmd and hit Enter to bring up your command prompt window
  4. 4. Type ipconfig

WIndows 7 Alternative Method

  1. Click the network connection icon in your system tray, this is located in the lower right corder of your screen on the Windows toolbar by default.
  2. Select Open Network and Sharing Center.
  3. For wired internet connections, click Local Area Connection or network name.
  4. For wireless internet connections, click Wireless Network Connection or network name.
  5. Click Details, and your IP address will be displayed as “IPv4 Address”.

Windows Vista/XP/2K

  1. Go to  the Start Menu
  2. Click in the search box that says ‘Search programs and files’
  3. Type cmd and hit Enter to bring up your command prompt window
  4. Type ipconfig

Windows Vista Alternative Method

  1. Click the Start Menu, then right-click on Network and click Properties to open your Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Locate the network name and click View Status.
  3. Click Details, and your IP address will be displayed as “IPv4 Address”.

Windows XP Alternative Method

  1. Click the Start Menu, then right-click on My Network Places and click Properties.
  1. For wired internet connections, double-click Local Area Connection.
  2. For wireless internet connections, double-click Wireless Network Connection.
  3. Click the Support tab,
  4. Click Details to find your IP address.

Windows 95/98

  1. Go to:  Start Menu > Run
  2. Type this command and hit enter: winipcfg

Mac OS X

  1. Open your System Preferences
  2. 2. Go to ‘Internet and Network’
  3. Click ‘Network’

Apple Macintosh

  1. 1. Go to the Apple Menu
  2. 2. Go to Control Panels
  3. 3. Go to TCP/IP Control Panel

If you are using a router to connect online, these methods above will mosty likely reveal your computer’s local IP address and not your public IP address that the rest of the internet sees when you browse the web. A local network IP address will either start with 10.10 or 192.168.

Additional resources to find your internet IP address

These sites will show your IP address, but remember that this IP is your your router’s public IP address if you are connecting to the internet through a router.

  • http://myip.dk/
  • http://sendmyip.com
  • http://www.ip-adress.com/
  • http://whatismyipaddress.com/
  • http://www.whatismyip.com/
  • http://www.myipaddress.com/show-my-ip-address/

To resolve an IP address to a geographical location, try IP2Location.

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