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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.
  
Step 2:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
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Step 3: 
Check your computer’s IP Address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.

 
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Step 2:
Click Command Prompt.
 
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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.
  
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.
 
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Step 2:
Look for Connections and click on the network name.
 
NOTE:  In this example, Fancy Puppy is the wireless network name (SSID).
 
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Step 3:
Click the Details… button and look for the IPv4 Address on the Network Connection Details window.
 
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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].
 
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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.
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.

 
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Step 2:
Double-click the Network Connections icon.  Then, right-click Wireless Network Connection and select Status.
 
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Step 3: 
Click the Support tab to view the IP Address.
 
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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® User-added imageicon at the top left corner of the screen, then select the System Preferences... option. 

 
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Step 2: 
Click Network.

 
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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 the User-added image button.  Click the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) tab.

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