How to find IP Address?

How to find IP Address?
Each device that can access the internet has an IP address.

IP stands for Internet Protocol. The IP address is a number that is assigned to each device that accesses the internet. This can include devices such as computers, laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles, etc.

The IP address effectively works as an address on the internet. Our computer sends a request for access to a website’s IP address. The website then sends the information required for access back to the computer’s IP address. However, the IP address does not actually indicate the physical address of where the computer is located. In fact, it indicates where on the Internet the device’s internet provider is located.

There are many ways to actually find out what your IP address is; the easiest of which is to ask your internet service provider (ISP). There are also various website and online tools that will tell you your IP address. For example, try searching for “what is my ip address” or “ip” in Google.

Another way to find your IP address is through the Run program in Windows. In the start menu, find and click on Run. Type ''cmd'' into the box and click the ''OK'' button. At the prompt, type ''ipconfig'' and information about your IP Address will be displayed.

You can also find the IP address in the Network and Sharing Center. In the Start Menu, click on Network and select Properties. Then in Windows Vista, click the View Status button, which will be located next to either Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection, depending on if your computer is connected to the network through Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Or in Windows 7, you can directly click on the name of the network listed next to Connections. Then, click on Details, which should show you your IP address.

In case you have a router, you can also access your IP address through it. First, open your router’s configuration page. This can be done by typing the router’s IP address into a web browser. Your IP address should be located in either the Router Status or WAN (Wide Area Network) Status. This will actually differ according to the modem.

Also keep in mind that if you have a dynamic IP, then the IP keeps changing. These days, most IP addresses are dynamic. In case you do not want to show your IP address to the world, you can also hide your IP address via a proxy server. The proxy server reroutes your internet through another IP address, hence you requests do not actually travel with your IP address, but rather through the proxy server’s. However, that’s another topic altogether. 

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