How to find the IP address of your computer

An IP Address is an unique address that computers (and other devices such as printers, smartphones) use to identify itself and communicate with other devices in the Internet.

Each time you connect to the Internet you may be assigned a different IP address, or you may always have the same IP address.

Well, in some situations it is helpful to know what your IP address is. For example, when someone wants to access your computer remotely, your might need to tell him/her your IP address. Below I’ll show you an easy way to find out your IP address.

– Click Windows Start, and then select All Programs

– Click Accessories, and then Command Prompt

– At the Command Prompt, type “ipconfig” (without the quotes and press Enter)

The IP address (or IPv4 address –  if you are using Windows 7 / Vista) will be a series of numbers following the pattern: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX (i.e., 80.120.130.12).

Note: This method will show you the internal IP address of your computer and works if you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000. To find out your external IP address, you can use a website such as whatismyipaddress.com. This website will show you the external IP address of your computer.

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