How to Check a Computer IP Address

by Adam Crowson

Checking a computer's IP address is simple and something everyone who uses the Internet should know how to do. The IP (Internet Protocol) address is an identification number assigned to any computer that accesses the Internet. Simply put, every time you access a website, the site logs your IP address to show you've visited the site. There are two main ways to check an IP address, either through the command shell or through accessing the Local Area Network Connection.

Command Shell

1

Click on the "Start" menu, then click on "Run."

2

Type "cmd." This will open the command shell. Then type "ipconfig."

3

You IP address will be revealed as well as your subnet mask, default gateway and Internet service provider.

Local Area Network Connection

1

Double click the "Local Area Network Connection" on your desktop or in the "Taskbar" to the right of the clock.

2

Click the "Support" tab on the "Local Area Connection Status" window.

3

Look under "Connection Status" to see the IP address.

About the Author

Adam Crowson is a professional journalist with experience as a homeowner, parent and photographer. He has served as a copy editor and page designer at a daily newspaper since 2006, and previously worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. Crowson holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication.