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Find out your IP addressEvery computer, when using internet connection, has its own unique IP address. IP stands for Internet Protocol and is necessary for you when you want to establish connection with servers and other computers. It is consisted of 4 numbers in the range of 0 to 255, separated with dots. The whole process is very interesting but we are not going to cover it today as first we have to learn how to identify the IP. Undeniably, there are more than one ways to do this but in this article, you will find only the ones that are appropriate for all people, from experienced to beginners.
First, we will cover a way to find your IP on a Windows operating system and in the end of the article, you will find how to access it on every platform.
How to find out your IP on Windows machine?
Step 1 - Opening the start menu
This action is quite clear and most surely does not need any further instructions. Simply click once on the start menu icon and the programs that are available will appear on the screen.
Step 2 - Command Prompt
For most Windows PCs, the Command Prompt can be found under “Accessories”. Therefore, click on that folder, then on Command Prompt and it will open.
If you are not able to find it under the mentioned destination, try typing in the search bar “Command Prompt”. It might take some time but your computer will sooner or later found it and then you can open it.
Step 3 - Typing the command
Once you have opened the Command Prompt, you are now required to enter a command to be executed. Do not worry, it is nothing complicated but one thing is sure, you will feel like a professional hacker. "netstat -n” is what you have to type. Keep in mind that the space between netstat and -n is intentional, hence, do not forget it while entering the command.
After the command is executed, you get in return 4 columns, containing information about your connections and your local IP as well.
(Second Method) How to access your IP no matter of the operating system that you are using?
Well, unquestionably the method that has been shown above is perfect for every Windows user but what do we do if we are using Linux or Macintosh? What is more, not every one is feeling comfortable working with the Command Prompt. In order to tackle this problems, some developers have built a special site, made to assist you find your IP address. The site is extremely easy to use and is accessible by everyone.
All you have to do is open the site whatismyip.com and in the home page, your IP will be shown.
Take a quick look around the site as there are many similar features, which might come in handy regarding your IP.
Relevant video, which might help you feel more comfortable with command prompt.
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