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What is IP Address and How to Find Your Own IP Address

Every computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network is identified by a unique string of figures separated by dots. This unique string is the IP(Internet Protocol) address for that particular computer. It means An Internet Protocol address is a numerical label assigned to each device participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. The IP address serves two purposes, host or network identification and addressing the location. Host names are used in an administrative capacity and may appear in computer browser lists, active directory lists, IP address to hostname resolutions. 

What is IP Address and How to Find Your Own IP Address

Types of IP addresses
There are two types of IP addresses, IPV4(Internet Protocol Version 4) and IPV6(Internet Protocol version 6)

IPV4(Internet Protocol Version 4)

A IPV4 address consists of 32 bits. It is represented consist of four decimal number and each ranging from 0 to 255. Thses are separated by dots like, each part consists of 8 bits(Octat) . Some times it may contain various hexadecimal, octal, or binary representations

Note – An octat is a term used when the term bit may be ambiguous and it is a unit of digital information and consists 8 bites.


IPV6(Internet Protocol version 6)

The IPV 6 was promoted by the Internet Engineering Task Force as a result of exhaustion of IPV6 and the address size was increased from 32 to 128 bits or 16 octats.

How to find your own IP address in Windows 7

Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel.
Open Network Connections Screen
In the search box, type adapter
Connection Status view screen

Under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.
View network connections screen

Select an active network connection, and then, in the toolbar, click View status of this connection. 

(You might need to click the chevron Picture of the chevron iconto find this command.)
Click Details.
View status connection screen
Your computer's IP address appears in the Value column, next to IPv4 Address.


How to find your own IP address in Windows 7 using Command

Open your Command and type “ipconfig” in the command prompt, your IP address will be displayed like this -
Windows command prompt

 How to find your own IP address in Windows XP

To find your IP address in windows Xp, click start>Connect to>Show all Connections>Local Area Connection Now the following screen will appear –
Local Area Connection screen

Click properties Now the following screen will appear –
properties screen

Click Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click Properties. Now your IP Address will be displayed like this -
IP Address displayed screen
That is all and you are done

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