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Title: Checking your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address

Article ID: 3996


Checking the computer’s IP address is the first step to determine if your computer is properly communicating with your router.

NOTE:  Make sure your computer is connected wired or wirelessly to your router.

Select your computer’s operating system below for specific instructions:

Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP
OS X®

Windows 8/8.1

There are two (2) ways to check your computer’s IP address when using the Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems.

Command Prompt
Network Connections

Command Prompt

Step 1:
Press the Windows   key on your keyboard to access the Start screen.  Enter “cmd” until the search result appears under the Apps list.  

Step 2:
Select Command Prompt to open the application.

Step 3:
On the C:\Users\SubnetSystems> section, enter “ipconfig” and press the [Enter] key.  The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address.
 


 

Network Connections

Step 1:
On your computer's Desktop view, click the Network  icon in the system tray.  

Step 2:
Click Network and Internet.

Step 3:
Look for Connections:  and click on your wireless network name (SSID).

NOTE:  In this example, FancyPuppy is used.

Step 4:
Click on the Details… button and look for IPv4 Address on the Network Connection Details window.

NOTE:  The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address and the IPv4 Default Gateway is your router’s local IP address.

 

Windows 7/Vista

There are two (2) ways to check your computer’s IP address when using the Windows 7/Vista operating system.

Command Prompt
Network Connections

Command Prompt

Step 1:
On your keyboard, press and hold the Windows  key +R to open the Run window.  Enter “cmd” on the field and click OK.

 

Step 2:
Enter “ipconfig” and press the [Enter] key.  The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address.
 


 

Network Connections

Step 1:
Click on the Network Connections  icon on your system tray and click Open Network and Sharing Center.

Step 2:
Look for Connections:  and click Local Area Connection.

 

Step 3:
Click the Details... button and look for IPv4 Address.
 


 

NOTE:  The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address and the IPv4 Default Gateway is your router’s local IP address.

Windows XP

There are two (2) ways to check your computer’s IP address when using the Windows XP/ Windows 2000 operating system.

Command Prompt
Network Connections

Command Prompt

Step 1:
Click Start > Run.

Step 2:
Enter “cmd” in the Open field then click OK.

 

Step 3:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” and press the [Enter] key.

NOTE:  The IP Address is your computer’s IP address and the Default Gateway is your router’s local IP address.

Network Connections

Step 1:
Click Start > Control Panel.

Step 2:
Double-click the Network Connections icon.

Step 3:
Right-click Wireless Network Connection and select Status.

 

Step 4:
Click the Support tab to view the IP Address.

 

NOTE:  The IP Address is your computer’s IP address and the Default Gateway is your router’s local IP address.

OS X®

Step 1:
Click the Apple® icon at the top left corner of the screen, then select System Preferences.... 

Step 2:
Click Network.

For wired connection:

Click on Ethernet.  The IP Address is your computer’s IP address and the Router is your router’s local IP address.

For wireless connection:

Click on Wi-Fi then click .  Click the TCP/IP tab.

The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address and the Router is your router’s local IP address.

 
Related Articles:

Learning about Ping test
Checking the computer's connection to the router
Setting up a computer to obtain an IP address automatically

 

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