You Don’t Have to Be An IT Nerd to Know Your Computer’s IP Address

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Samantha Gomez

Do you know what your computer’s IP address is or how to find out? It is easier than you think. 

Every computer, printer or other device connected to the internet is given a number called an Internet Protocol (IP) address.

This number is used to identify (or name, if you like) all the machines using the web, as well as provide their general location.

You may have noticed that sometimes online ads are targeted to your local area. It can be a bit freaky, especially if you don’t know how they know where you are. In fact, they are using your IP address to find the location of your computer.

IP addresses are allocated in regional blocks so the address can be used to identify the country, state, and sometimes general area from which the computer is connecting to the internet.

There’s no need to panic though. The location information provided by an IP address is very general and, despite what the action movies would suggest, no one is going to come knocking on your front door having found you via your IP address.

There are however occasions when you might need to know your IP address, particularly if there is a problem with your network or internet connection.

So, how can you find out what your computer’s IP address is?  

There are lots of sites that can tell you your IP address. The two I recommend are:

WhatsmyIPaddress.com and IPaddress.com. If you click on either of these links a screen will open with your IP address on it. Easy.

If you are using Windows you can also find your address by pressing the Start menu, opening a command prompt and then typing ‘cmd’ in the ‘run’ box and pressing enter. Once the command prompt appears, type ‘ipconfig’ and press enter. You will then be able to see all the current network information for your computer – including the IP address.

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