Every computer connected to the Internet is assigned at least one IP address to differentiate it from other computers on the network. Knowing your IP can be beneficial in several ways. One advantage of this is if you have a website, you would be able to deduct the hits to your website from the total hits displayed by your website counter (if you are using one). This way you will get to know the actual unique views of your site. Finding a computer IP address can be easily achieved.
This article will help you find your IP address easily. Below are specific instructions for Windows & Mac.
For Windows 7, Vista or XP users
1. Go to the Start menu
2. Now click Run, and in the dialog box that appears next, type "CMD" (without the quotes.)
2. You will see a dark window that is otherwise known as the command prompt window or DOS window.
3. Type "IPCONFIG" (without the quotes) and then press ENTER.
4. Now you will be able to see some network information, along with the IP of your computer.
If you want to know more details about your computer IP, then type "IPCONFIG /ALL" (again without the quotes) in the command prompt window instead of just the "IPCONFIG" which you typed in step 3 above.
This /ALL addition will provide you some additional details of your computer along with the IP address. This step is more useful to you in case you have a router or network set up, as in this case you will not be shown your actual IP address by the "IPCONFIG" command. Instead you will be shown an IP similar to 192.168.1.x which is the IP provided to you by your Internet Service Provider.
For Mac Users
OS X 10.6 or 10.5
1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences
2. In System Preferences, Go to the View menu & select Network.
3. In the Network preference window, click a network port (e.g., Ethernet, AirPort, modem). Under "Status:", you'll see your IP address. (if you are connected to the internet of course).
OS X 10.4 or 10.3
1. From the Apple menu, select Location
2. Now select Network Preferences.
3. In the Network Preference window, select Network Status (which is next to "Show:"). You'll see your network status and the IP address of your computer.
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