Checking your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label used to identify a computer or device within a network.  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 10
Windows 8/8.1 
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP
OS X®
 
Windows 10
 
There are two (2) ways to check your computer’s IP address when using the Windows 10 operating system.
 
Command Prompt
Network Connections
 
Command Prompt
 
Step 1:
Right-click on the Windows key then select Command Prompt.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
User-added image
 
Step 3: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
User-added image
 
NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Network Connections
 
Step 1: 
Right-click the Network Connection icon in the lower right corner the select Open Network and Sharing Center.
 
NOTE:  A wired network connection shows this User-added image icon while a wireless network connection shows this User-added image icon.
 
Step 2:
Look for Connections and click on the network name.
 
User-added image
 
QUICK TIP:  The network name will depend on what you’ve set for your network.
 
Step 3:
Click the Details... button and look for the IPv4 Address on the Network Connection Details window.
 
User-added image
 
User-added image
 
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.  Click on the links below to know how:
 
Command Prompt
Network Connections
 
Command Prompt
 
Step 1:
Press the Windows User-added image key on your keyboard and then enter “command prompt” to display the Command Prompt shortcut.  A search box on right side of the screen will appear.
 
User-added image

Step 2:
Click Command Prompt.
 
User-added image
 
Step 3:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
User-added image
 
NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Network Connections
 
Step 1: 
Press the Windows User-added image key + D to go to the Desktop then right-click the network connection icon and select the Open Network and Sharing Center option.

NOTE:  A wireless network connection shows this
 User-added image icon while a wired network connection shows this User-added image icon.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
Look for Connections and click on the network name.
 
NOTE:  In this example, Fancy Puppy is the wireless network name (SSID).
 
User-added image
 
Step 3:
Click the Details… button and look for the IPv4 Address on the Network Connection Details window.
 
User-added image
 
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:
Click the Pearl User-added image button located at the bottom-left corner of the screen and in the Start Search enter “command prompt”, then press [Enter].
 
Step 2: 
On the Search Programs and Files bar, enter “command prompt”, then press [Enter].
 
User-added image 
 
Step 3:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
User-added image 
 
NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway. 
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Network Connections
 
Step 1:
Click the Network icon and click Open Network and Sharing Center.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
Look for Connections and click on the network name.
 
Step 3:
Click the Details… button and look for the IPv4 Address on the Network Connection Details.
 
User-added image
 
Windows XP
 
There are two (2) ways to check your computer’s IP address when using the Windows XP operating system.
 
Command Prompt
Network Connections
 
Command Prompt
 
Step 1: 
Click Start then click the Run… option.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2: 
When the Run window opens, enter “cmd” in the Open field then click OK.
 
Step 3:    
In the
 Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP Address.
 
User-added image
 
NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
  
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Network Connections
 
Step 1:
Click Start > Control Panel.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
Double-click the Network Connections icon.  Then, right-click Wireless Network Connection and select Status.
 
User-added image 
 
Step 3: 
Click the Support tab to view the IP Address.
 
User-added image
 
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 the System Preferences... option. 
 
User-added image
 
Step 2: 
Click Network.
 
User-added image
 
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.
 
User-added image
 
User-added image
 
For wireless connection:
 
Click on Wi-Fi then click the User-added image button.  Click the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) tab.
 
User-added image
 
The IPv4 Address is your computer’s IP address and the Router is your router’s local IP address.
 
User-added image
 
 
Related Articles:

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

Was this support article useful?

Additional Support Questions?

CONTACT SUPPORT

Linksys Premium Technical Support

Contact Premium Technical Support for assistance outside of the complimentary 90-day window, or for help with advanced features not covered by our complimentary support.  Learn More