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What is My IP?
First let’s look at what the abbreviation IP stands for. It is Internet Protocol. For the common non computer expert. The IP is basically an address which your computer can be found while on the internet, your personal area network or your company’s local area network. It is similar to having a street number where people can find your home and deliver mails and other items.
The IP or Internet Protocol is part of a suite of computer protocols used for communication called the TCP/IP. The TCP is the abbreviation for Transmission control protocol, and as mentioned before, IP is abbreviated for Internet Protocol. The TCP is responsible for ensuring that transmission of data from one device to another takes place securely and effectively while the IP establishes the connection between the two devices. I use the term device because all electronic devices which are a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) have to have an IP address to allow communication on the internet. From desktops, laptops, tablets, Smartphones, Security Systems, Virtual Reality Games etc.
There are mountains of technical Jargon associated with the TCP/IP protocols which only should be explained if talking or writing for highly Technical people deeply involved in Networks and Security. But this article is geared towards the common user who simply just wants to know what their IP is and how to get to their IP. Well, follow the basic instructions below to find your IP address on your Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer.
How To Find Your IP Address
Things to Know
An IP address can either be Static or Dynamic. Static IP addresses are physically typed in and saved on your computer while dynamic IP addresses are given to your device from a DHCP Server. The DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) sever is responsible for automatically issuing an IP address to your computer. So how do you know if your IP address is static or dynamic? You can check your Network adapter settings to see if the IP address fields are typed in. If it is, then your IP is static, if not, you have a dynamic IP which is issued from a DHCP server. I will show you how to check this later on. So let's get back to easily finding your IP Address.
Example A: How Do You Find Your IP Address
- Press the Windows Key on the Keyboard (Key with flag beside the left CTRL key)
- Type CMD
- Press Enter
- In the new windows type the command ipconfig
- Press Enter
Read through the information in the window and you will see something like:
The information you are looking for is the first set of numbers which I have have highlighted above. Remember, IP addresses are different and you should have a different number than the one given above in the example.
1. Press the Windows Key - Type CMD
2. Type ipconfig and Press Enter
3. View Your IP Address From The Information
Example B: How To Tell If Your IP Address Is Static
Previously I was explaining the difference between static and dynamic IP addresses. you can find out if your IP is static by simply adding /all after you type in ipconfig to see all other data on your IP Adapter. If the computer picks up a DHCP enabled and gives you a DHCP Server address, you are using a Dynamic IP Address. If No DHCP server address is found. You have a static or even no IP address set. See examples below.
If DHCP is listed as disabled and no DHCP Server listed, your IP Address will be Static. Static addresses are entered manually. If you observe that your IP Address is 0.0.0.0, then no address is set on your network adapter.
1. Repeat Steps 1-5 in Example A but add /all to the end of ipconfig and press Enter.
2. Observe The Listing for DHCP Enabled and DHCP Server Address
Example C: Another Way To Find Your IP Address
- Click Start
- Type Network
- From The Search Result Click Network and Sharing
- Click Change Adapter Settings
- Click Properties
- Select TCP/IP version 4
- Click Properties
These steps should allow your to bring up the Internet Protocol Window where you can easily set your device IP address or allow DHCP.
Video Example C
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