How to Find Your IP Address
Knowing your IP address can be very useful for a number of reasons. Perhaps you're a webmaster and would like to exclude your IP from Google Analytics, maybe you want to host an online game and need to give your IP out to friends, or maybe you just need to access your file server remotely.
Fortunately, not only is finding out your IP address really simple, but there are several ways to do it! This tutorial will show you different ways to find your IP in Windows, so if, for any reason, one way fails, there are others to lean back on. So let's get started!
Find Your IP in Windows
Before getting started, you'll want to figure out how you're connected to the Internet.
If you're connected through your router (this is usually the case if you have wireless Internet in your home, even if the computer you're using isn't wirelessly connected to the Internet), follow the steps marked "Router."
You're Connected Directly to Your Modem:
If your computer is connected directly to your modem, you'll want to follow these steps.
You can view your IP by clicking "Start", then "Run." Type "cmd" (without quotes) and hit "Ok." This will bring up your command prompt.
Once you're in your command prompt, type "ipconfig" (without quotes) and hit enter. Your IP will be show next to the words "IP Address."
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You're Connected to Your Router
This is usually the case if you have wireless Internet, even if the computer you're using isn't wirelessly connected to the Internet.
If you're connected to a router and you follow the above steps, you'll get your internal IP. This can be really helpful if you need to do something like port forwarding, but if you're wanting your external IP, you'll need to follow some different steps.
-You can get your IP by logging into your router. If you're comfortable using your router's firmware and know your way around, it's a great way to find your IP. Since there are so many different brands, I won't give a tutorial on how to do this, it's just good to know that you can get some information about your network there.
Google Your IP Address
You can just ask Google what your IP is. It really doesn't get much easier than this! Just head on over to Google search and type "IP" (without quotes) and hit search.
At the top of the search results, there will be bold text that says "Your public IP address is." The number next to it is your IP. Cool, right? If that doesn't work out for you, at least one of the websites in the search results will show you your IP address.
Last updated on March 31, 2013
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