How to Find a Machine's IP Address

by Chappy Sinclair

An IP address, or Internet Protocol Address, is a unique set of numbers assigned to each computer that is connected to the Internet. Depending on the type of Internet connection you're using, your IP address may change periodically. Using a router or hub will also change the primary connection IP address of your machine. You can find your computer's IP address from within Windows.

Windows XP

1

Click the "Start" icon in the Windows taskbar. Click "Run."

2

Type "cmd /k ipconfig /all" and click "OK."

3

Scroll down to view the IP address of every networking device connected to your computer. Each device will be named and listed separately.

Windows Vista/7

1

Click the "Start" icon in the Windows taskbar. Paste "cmd /k ipconfig /all" into the search bar.

2

Click the "cmd /k ipconfig /all" search result.

3

Scroll down to view the IP address of every networking device connected to your computer. Each device will be named and listed separately.

Tip

  • check You can quickly and easily access your computer's primary IP address by going to websites such as WhatIsMyIPAddress.com and WhatIsMyIP.com. These sites will automatically display your IP address on the front page. These sites will also work for Mac users.

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.