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How to find your IP address

Updated on May 1, 2009

Depending on your Internet provider, your IP address can change from time to time. There are a couple of different ways to check, but this is the best way I know to see your IP address.

(Note: This walkthrough is for Windows XP. If you have Vista, the procedure will be slightly different. If you have a Mac, you're out of luck. Sorry.)

To start with, you want to go to your Control Panel. Bring it up from the Start menu.

Next, you want to bring up your Network Connections. If you have the classic layout, it should be right there on the menu.

In the new layout, it's under the Network and Internet Connections task.

Once you've opened Network Connections, you'll see a window kind of like this:

Right click on the active connection (usually it's the Local Area Connection on the top left) and choose Status. A new window will pop up. Click the Support tab and you'll see a few stats about your connection. Your IP address is listed here.

That should do it. There are also proxy servers that you can use to hide your IP address from others, but that's a whole different lesson.


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    • hellopotap profile image

      hellopotap 6 years ago

      excellent post, I also agree with rethansmith, I go to sites like , I used to just run ipconfig from command prompts but it showed local address or you can follow the steps in your guide which is also a great solution

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      rudhrasharma 8 years ago

      The images you provided here are such difficult to understand not that much clear. But the information u provided are nice to read. Like the same i found a website for ip address search from

    • danmayerisgod profile image

      danmayerisgod 8 years ago from Scotia, NY

      House calls? Well, I'm really not an IT expert, I just know a few things. It's a side-effect of going to school for computer science.

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      rethansmith 8 years ago

      Great hub.

      Another option is just finding a website that will tell you what it is automatically.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      You are the man!! do you make house calls if I have need of "personal assistance"? lol... really tho, seriously, I mean it!!

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      very clear - step by step..... thanks -cheers