How Do I Find My IP Address

Lot of searches today trying to figure out how to find what your ip address is. Using Windows XP, click on start, then click on run, in the command box type “cmd”, you’ll get a dos command prompt, in the command prompt type ipconfig and hit enter. In the dos box you’ll get your ip address, subnet mask and default gateway for each communications adapter in your computer. If you enter ipconfig/all, you will get a lot more information, computer name, DNS servers, etc. If you hit ipconfig/? you’ll get a list of all the available switches and what they do. These commands also work with Windows 2000, and Windows NT, if I remember correctly, it’s been awhile since I looked at NT.

If you are running Windows 98 or ME, just type winipcfg in the dos box and hit enter and you’ll get a new window with all the info.

Now, if you are using a wireless router or similar device, your ip address will be something like 192.168.0.*, with the * being any number between 1 and 255, most likely it will start with 2 and go up according to the number of computers that receive an ip address from your router. Without going into too much detail, the 192.168.*.* range are private ip addresses, which means everything in that ip address range is local to your network and the packets for those computers remain inside your network. So, the router has to translate that address to one that can be seen from the outside. So to find out what your ip address is on the internet go to this website, http://www.edpsciences.org/htbin/ipaddress and it will show you your ip address.