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How to Find Your IP Address

Updated on January 6, 2017
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Melanie is a social media hyper-user and has been blogging since 2007. She is an expert on things related to internet culture.

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!

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Type ipconfig and hit enterI circled my IP address here. However, since I'm connected through a router, this is my Internal IP.
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I circled my IP address here. However, since I'm connected through a router, this is my Internal IP.
I circled my IP address here. However, since I'm connected through a router, this is my Internal IP. | Source

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 to 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 shown next to the words "IP Address."

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How are you connected to the Internet?

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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.

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    • psychicdog.net profile image

      psychicdog.net 

      6 years ago

      thanks melbel - I tried and got it - also go subnet Mask and default gateway???

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Mel, I love reading your hubs because I always learn something new and useful. Kinda like having my own special geek friend. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is so simple to follow. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to keep it handy. I see that we all are connected through routers from your poll.

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      Another great tutoral! Thank you!

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      Jasmine 

      6 years ago

      I filtered out my IP address from Google Analytics a long time ago. It's a smart thing to do if you want more accurate reports. Great idea for a hub!

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      BethDW 

      6 years ago

      Ah this is so useful! I've always wondered how to do this, thanks for sharing :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I didn't know you could use google to ping either! Wow...very good job of making this really understandable. I totally could do that! Ha!

      I feel so much smarter now...wait until my computer guy comes over...he will be so proud of me:)

      Looks great too!

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      Melanie Palen 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      @Josh3418 I'm totally stoked that you like this hub!

      @diogenes IP stands for Internet Protocol. As a hubber, it's really nice to exclude your IP address from Google Analytics, so it doesn't show your own traffic on your hubs. As an avid reader of my own hubs (lol), it's nice to have them show stats without the pollution that is my views. :) Thank you for your question!

      @Winterfate Thank you!

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      Darrin Perez 

      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Great hub melbel! I'm sharing this with my followers! :)

      @diogenes: IP stands for Internet Protocol, if I recall correctly.

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Melbel my dear.

      You have made the mistake of not allowing for the fact you are smarter than much of your readership.

      What does I.P. stand for??

      Bob

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Melbel,

      I never knew you could google IP, and it would just give it to you. I just tried it, and it worked! Thanks for this informative hub. You rock! :)

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