How to Find the Wi-Fi Address for a Computer
By Steve Gregory
The ipconfig Windows command line utility displays your computer’s Wi-Fi address, or the machine’s IP address on your local wireless network, through the Command Prompt utility. Whether you manually assigned your computer a static IP address or enabled your router to automatically assign an IP address using the DHCP feature, your computer’s IP address is still a unique identifier on the network. Knowing your computer’s IP address can help you to troubleshoot computer network problems, such as an IP address conflict.
Place your cursor at the top-right corner of the screen, and then select the "Search" charm.
Enter "cmd" in the Search field, and then select "Command Prompt" from the Apps Results screen to launch the Command Prompt utility.
Type "ipconfig" -- without quotation marks -- at the command line.
Press the "Enter" key to display the Windows IP configuration information.
Scroll down the window until you see "IPv4 Address." The set of numbers next to "IPv4 Address" is your computer's IP address on the Wi-Fi network.
- To find your public IP address, which is your IP address on the Internet, navigate to a website that reveals public IP addresses, such as Whatismyipaddress.com, Whatismyip.com and Myipaddress.com.
- Information in this article applies to Windows 8. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the operating system.
An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.