An IP address is a unique identification number given to your computer when it is connected to a network. There are two types of networks that you can connect to — private and public. When connecting to the internet, your computer receives a public IP address.
When connecting to a local area network (LAN), such as your home network made up of your own devices, your computer gets a private IP address.
Public IP Address
Finding out your public IP address is really simple. You can Google it or use another web based service to find it:
Private IP Address
To find the private IP address of your computer, you can use Command Prompt or the Control Panel.
The Command Prompt Way
In Command Prompt’s window, type and enter the following command:
The output will look something like this:
Look for a line called
The Control Panel Way
Then, in the
And, finally, in the
That’s your private IP address.
You can also look up both your public and private IP addresses via accessing your router’s settings.
Open your browser, then type and enter your router’s address.
Usually, it’s one of the following:
If it’s none of the above, ask your internet service provider (ISP) for the correct address.
You will probably need a user name and password to access your router’s settings. If not, you should set it up, so that they are required. It is really not secure to allow access to your router to anyone.
I can look up my public IP address using my Cisco router’s page at
And to look up my private IP address, I go to
The layout of the router’s page will be slightly different for each vendor. But the basic concept will be very similar.
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