How to Find a WAN IP

by Oxana Fox

IP address is a unique number that identifies any computer in the Internet. WAN stands for "wide area network." The Internet is the common example of WAN. If your computer is connected to the network via a network router, the router would assign a special Local Area Network (LAN) IP address for your machine. In such case, Windows network tools will report only a LAN IP. The simplest way to identify a WAN IP for your computer is to use a special website service.

Open your user account in Windows and start your favorite Web browser, for example, Internet Explorer.

Navigate to one of the websites given in Resources.

Read your computer WAN IP given on the top of the web page.

About the Author

Oxana Fox is a freelance writer specializing in medicine and treatment, computer software and hardware, digital photography and financial services. She graduated from Moscow Medical College in 1988 with formal training in pediatrics.

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