It is often seen that users are desperate to find the IP address of their computers. An IP address is a numerical value given to each computing device so that it becomes the identity of the computing device. For example, each printer and scanner in the world has all different and unique IP addresses. Similarly the router you are using also has an IP address, to track down the IP address of your router follow these instructions step by step:
- Click on the ‘Windows icon’ or ‘Start’ button in bottom left of your screen
- Then click on ‘Run’, a window will appear which would ask you to ‘open’ a file.
- In the box in front of ‘open’, type ‘cmd’ or ‘Command’
- Click ‘OK’ to start MS DOS prompt
- Type in ‘netstat –n’ (make sure you include the space as well)
- Next press ‘Enter’.
- After pressing ‘Enter’ you will see all the active connections and IP numbers in front of you.
- There would be four fields with four columns. The Local Address field would show you your IP address. The Foreign Address field will show you the IPs of the connections you are connected with. For example, if you are talking to someone on MSN, the foreign field will show his IP.
- By this command ‘netstat –nab’, you can also determine the different programs that are connecting to the foreign IP addresses. This helps when you are connected to multiple foreign IPs, you can pick out the address you desire out of the list.
Knowing your IP address you can have a lot of fun and productivity on the internet.
Originally posted 2011-02-20 03:36:45.