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How to find your IP address in Windows 10?

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  • How to find the IP address?
  • How to check your IP address in Windows 10?
  • How do I find the IP address of my computer?
  • Can I look up an IP address?
  • How to check your IP address in Windows 10 without command prompt?

Answer:

Before exploring how to find your IP address in Windows 10, let's know what an IP address is and why it is used.

What is an IP address?

The IP address is an acronym that stands for Internet Protocol address. It is a numerical address or a numeric label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that is used to communicate with other computing devices using Internet Protocol for communication. It is a unique identifier given to every connected system in a network. The IP address denotes the address of your network hardware. It is used to connect your computer to other devices on your network and worldwide.

The IP addresses are written and displayed in a human-readable form. It is written as a string of numbers separated by periods. For example, 172.16.254.1

Usage of IP address

An IP address has two main functions:

It works as a host or used to identify network interface: The IP address is used to allow computers to send and receive information to and from specific computers in a given network. So, we can say that it acts as a host and can be used for network interface identification.

It is also used for location addressing: We can quickly identify the user's location by its IP address.

Types of IP address

There are two types of IP addresses:

  • IPv4: Internet Protocol Version 4
  • IPv6: Internet Protocol Version 6

Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4): It is the older form of IP address. When the Internet Protocol was first designed, it was a 32-bit number, and the system was known as Internet Protocol Version 4. It is still used today.

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6): Every device connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. It means we have required billions of IP addresses. To fulfill this requirement, a new version of the IP address is created. It is known as version IPv6. Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) uses 128 bits for the IP address. The Internet Protocol Version 6 or IPv6 was first created in 1995, standardized in 1998, but its real deployment is started in the mid-2000s

How to find your IP address? (Without using Command Prompt)

Let's see how to find the IP Address of a PC running Windows 10 OS. Follow the steps given below:

  • Click on the Start menu and click on the Setting/gear icon option to open the Windows setting. See the below image.
How to find your IP address in Windows 10
  • After clicking on the Setting option, a new window will appear. Click on the "Network & Internet" option.
How to find your IP address in Windows 10

If your system is connected to a WiFi router or device:

  • After clicking on the "Network & Internet" option, a new window will open. Click on the WiFi option on the left side menu, and it will show you that the network device in which your system is connected. See the below image:
How to find your IP address in Windows 10
  • Click on the device that your system is connected to, and a new popup window will appear. Now, it will show you all the details about the IP address. See the below image:
How to find your IP address in Windows 10
  • In the above image, you can see the IP address of your system.

If your system is connected to a wired connection or LAN:

  • If your system is connected to a wired connection or LAN, click on the Ethernet option on the left side menu and select your network connection. A new popup window will open, and you can see your IP address in the form of "IPv4 Address".

Find the IP address using Command Prompt in Windows 10

Follow the steps given below:

  • Open the Cortana search box in the lower left and type cmd to open the command prompt. See the below image:
How to find your IP address in Windows 10
  • Use the following code in command prompt and click enter.
    ipconfig
How to find your IP address in Windows 10
  • Now, you can see the IP address of your system.
How to find your IP address in Windows 10




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