You might’ve heard about an IP address, but do you know what an IP address exactly is? Also, are you curious to find the IP address of your PC? We will be more than happy to help you out on this one. Read below to know what exactly is an IP address and why is it so important.
What is an IP Address?
An IP address, also known as the Internet Protocol address, is a numerical or hexadecimal value assigned to each device connected to the that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address is similar to the local addresses that we have and use for posting mails or parcels. The only difference here is that the IP address is an address used by our devices to communicate with each other. An IP address is like an Identity Card and there are different IP addresses for different devices out there. Your IP address changes every time. Even if you turn your router off and then turn it back on, your IP address will have changed. Connecting to your local coffee house’ Wi-Fi will change your IP address as well.
Types of IP Addresses
You might’ve heard of an IPv4 address or an IPv6 address. But do you know the difference between them? IPv4 is an abbreviation of Version 4 of the Internet Protocol whereas IPv6 is an abbreviation of Version 6 of the Internet Protocol. As you can guess, the IPv6 is a newer version. The reason why we switched to IPv6 was that we were running out of available IP addresses. The reason is the growth of the internet and people becoming more tech-savvy day-by-day. IPv4 addresses were 32-bits in size, which limited the address space to 4294967296 (232) IP addresses. This is where IPv6 addresses come in, the advantage here was that the address size was increased from 32 bits in IPv4 to 128 bits or 16 octets, thus providing up to 2128 (approximately 3.403×1038) addresses. Sounds enough doesn’t it? Well, it is, looks like its an overkill, but that only makes it more future-proof.
IPv4 addresses are usually displayed as dot-decimal notations, consisting of four decimal numbers, each ranging from 0 to 255, separated by dots, e.g., 172.16.254.1. On the other hand, IPv6 addresses are visible as this, e.g., 2001:db8:0:1234:0:567:8:1.
Probably the easiest and the most efficient way of finding your IP address out there is using a search engine like Google or Bing.
Open up Google or Bing or any other search engine and just type IP address in the search bar. The search engines will then display your Public IP addresses.
This works on several search engines, however, Yahoo is an exception.
Using Command Prompt
You can use your Command Prompt to find your IP address as well. There are many ways to access your Command Prompt Window. Some of them are-
- Click Win+X and select Command Prompt. In newer Windows versions you won’t see Command Prompt but instead, Windows Powershell will be visible. You can select that as well.
- In the next method, click Win+R and type cmd to open up the Command Prompt window.
- Another method is by clicking your start button and just typing in Command Prompt or Windows Powershell.
After you’ve opened up the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig and press Enter. Depending on the connection that you’re on such as a Wireless Network Connection, Ethernet adapter, or Local Area Connection, find your active connection and look for the IPv4 address.
Find Your Windows Private IP Using Network Connections
- Open up the run window by pressing Win+R or selecting Run from the Win+X popup.
- The next step is to type in ncpa.cpl and press Enter. This directly opens up the Network Connections window.
- After opening up the window, go to your active connection and right-click on it.
- After that select the Status option from the menu.
- Open the Network Connection Details window by clicking on Details button. Here you will see your IPv4 address which will be a group of 4 numbers separated by periods.
Using a Website to Find Your IP
You can use different websites to find your IP address. Here are some of the websites that help you find your IP-
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