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How to find your IP address

How to find your IP addressCan’t find your IP address? Let us help you. An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label assigned to technical devices involved in a computer network that utilizes Internet Protocol as a source of communication.  An IP address serves as a network interface identification code and as a location address. IP addresses are usually stored as binary numbers, but are usually displayed in human-readable notations like 208.77.188.166. It is a very simple process, regardless of whether you’re toting a Mac or PC. Check out how to find your IP address for either your Mac or PC.

PC (Windows XP/Vista/7/8)

Number OneAccess the command prompt. For operating systems prior to Windows 8, simply open the Start menu by clicking the Windows logo located in the lower left corner of your desktop. From there, select All Programs, navigate to the Accessories folder and open the Command Prompt. Alternatively, Windows 8 users can navigate to the Advanced Features panel or search and open the the Command Prompt by clicking the Search icon in the Charms bar and selecting the Command Prompt from the results.

Command Prompt Windows 8

Number TwoEnter the right command. The Command Prompt should appear in the form of a black box. Type “ipconfig” in the window and hit Enter to access your system’s configuration information.

Number Three

Check the IP address.  The box will reappear or refresh, and display your IP address alongside other information like the default gateway, subnet mask and DNS information. Be sure to stick with the IPv4 address rather than the IPv6 address.

 IP Address Finder: Command

Mac

Number OneAccess the System Preferences pane. Click the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your desktop and choose the System Preferences option from the drop-down list.

Number TwoOpen network settings. Once System Prefences is open, click the Network icon—it will resemble a silver globe with white specs under the Internet & Wireless options.

Number ThreeCheck theIP Address. Your IP address will appear beneath your connection status and the method through which you are connected to the internet, whether it be a local Wi-Fi network or a direct Ethernet connection.

Mac IP Address FinderLooking up your IP address isn’t as elaborate as you thought huh? Let us know in the comments below if you need additional guidance or instructions.