Find your IP Address for Windows

Your Internet Protocol address or "IP Address" is a unique set of characters that identify your computer on a network. This can either be your home network IP address, which if you own a router and share your internet with several other devices will be a certain set. This can also be your public IP address, which is the address your internet service provider (ISP) leases to your modem or equipment they setup to your home or office. Both these addresses can be used to identify you or your network and it should be easy for you to get to.


Let's start with your computer's IP address under Windows. This IP address, behind a router, will be your home network's IP address assigned to your computer. Either the router in your home or the modem provided by the ISP your computer is connected to will provide your device an IP address. You simply need to know how to get it easily for you to know or someone that you trust is helping you remotely.


How to get your computer's IP address


A few rules and advice for your device

  • There are several computers that have the capability to connect via wired connections and wireless connections. Though both can have the same IP address, they often times can differ as well.

  • IP Address are not always permanent and can change over time, so a good rule of thumb is to always check back and run the command again when you need it.

  • You should only give your IP Address to someone you trust to help you. This number is like sharing your real world address to someone that is experienced enough to know how to use it.

  • IPv4 and IPv6 are different standards and both can exist, please validate which one you are looking for.

Method 1 - Command Prompt: IPConfig

Step 1: Click on your "Start" menu and begin typing "CMD" without quotes, press enter.

Step 2: A black command window will appear. With that window in focus, type down "IPCONFIG" (this is note case sensitive) and press enter.

Result: Look for your IP Address located in either a device named "Local Ethernet Adapter" or WiFi Adapter with the words IPv4 Address. This should have a set of numbers separated by commas.


Now you know how to get your computer's IP address. Hope this easy tutorial helps you!


How to get your public ISP address

This IP Address is what your ISP designates to your modem or home address. It can be used to identify the subscriber for your ISP or help you setup a public facing connection once/if you are comfortable doing so.


Finding out your Public IP Address is simple and just requires you to have access to the internet with your computer or smartphone browser. You simply can navigate to several sites that can query the IP Address that they see for you. This will help you in knowing what your public IP address is and if it changes from time to time.


Method 1 - Command Prompt: Public IP command

Step 1: Click on your "Start" menu and begin typing "CMD" without quotes, press enter.

Step 2: A black command window will appear. With that window in focus, type down "nslookup myip.opendns.com resolver1.opendns.com" without quotes and press "enter".


Method 2 - Google Search: Public IP

Step 1: Navigate to Google.com and search for "What's my IP Address" and press search.

Result: Your IP address should be listed as the first search result from Google.


Method 3 - Browser: Public IP

Step 1: Navigate or search for a website that provides your public IP for you. One of my favorites is whatsmyip.org

Result: Your IP address should be listed on the site in bold letters on the site.


Now you know how to get your public IP address. Hope this easy tutorial helps you!

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