Internet Protocol addresses are vital for all Internet-based activities. But it’s not uncommon to find that most users don’t know their computer’s private IP address.
Just before we get into the how and why let’s dwell on the what for a bit.
What is a Private IP address?
A Private IP address is reserved for internal use behind a router or other Network Address Translation (NAT) device. Private IP addresses are in contrast to public IP addresses, which are public and can not be used within a home or business network. Often times a private IP address is referred to as a local IP address.
Why Are Private IP Addresses Essential?
Private Network Addressing exists to ensure that Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) isn’t exhausted. IPv6 addresses this problem as IPv4 will deplete in a couple of years.
- You know what an IP address is and want to discover non-conventional ways you can use to find your computer’s private IP address.
- Or you are on the quest to learning how to find your Private IP address on Windows with ease.
So let’s get things underway so I can show you how you can find your Private IP address on a Windows machine. For this post, I will use Windows 7 as a case study. Note: The steps may differ on other versions of Windows.
How To Find Your Private IP Address Using Command Prompt
- First, you need to log on to your Windows computer.
- To do this, click the Start menu icon on your Taskbar or you tap the Start button at the lower left position of your keyboard.
- Click on All Programs at the lower end of the Start menu.
- Click on Accessories (a menu with a folder icon) to expand the list.
- Launch Command Prompt. Command prompt is a Windows application with a black environment.
- Type ipconfig to display your computer’s network configuration.
- Now, locate IPv4 Address under Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection: as shown in the image below:
How To Find Your Private IP Address Using Control Panel
To do this, follow the steps given below:
- Click on Start menu and locate Control Panel.
- Click on View network status and tasks. See image below:
- Click on Wireless Network Connection and a little window pops up.
- Click on Details… and locate IPv4 address as shown in the image below:
The IP address which appears in the IPv4 column is your private IP address.
Note that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) assigns IP addresses to your computer at random. Due to its dynamic nature, it is subject to change.
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