What is an IP Address?
This post will tell you that how to find my IP address in a Windows PC. Before we continue, it is important you know what exactly an IP address is. An IP Address stands for “Internet Protocol Address”. An IP address is an address of your device (that can be a computer, router, smartphones, or any internet-enabled device) by which it can be identified. By using IP address, you can easily make a communication between computers and networks. You can identify the devices by their IP addresses. In computer systems IPv4 used for internet connectivity by your ISP. IPv4 is a combination of four (4) number separated by dots (.). Every number of an IP address falls between zero (0) to 255. An example of an IP address is 10.234.156.3
Type of IP Addresses
There are two kinds of IP address, one is STATIC and another is a DYNAMIC IP address. Both provided by your ISP (internet service provider). Check the description below of both:
Static IP: A static IP address is a dedicated or fixed IP for a device or a network. It should be configured manually on your device. Once the static IP is assigned, it does not change until someone change it manually. Static IP usually used for mail servers, FTP servers, dedicated servers or online applications, etc. Check My IP Address Manually in Windows Click To Tweet
Dynamic IP: As you read above that Static IP never changed instead, just opposite of static; in a device dynamic IP change itself randomly in a short period or whenever a network reboots. Dynamic IP can change automatically and cannot be traced easily.
Find My IP Address
I hope, by now, you are very much clear about IP addresses and their uses. Now, you must have a question in your mind that what IP address do I have? Is it a static or dynamic? Do not worry; you will get the answer by the end of this article.
Check your System IP Address
Methods given below will work with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10. If you are using a router or a modem between your system and ISP, then it should be treated as your Local IP. To check your Public IP (an IP configured on the router or modem), check online method by the end of this article. Follow the methods given below and check your computer or laptop IP address by two different ways:
Method 1: Check an IP Address Manually
To check your system IP manually; follow the steps given below:
Step 1. Open the Run dialog box by using the key combination “Win + R”. Type command “ncpa.cpl” and hit OK button or press Enter from your keyboard.
Step 2. The above command will open “Network Connections” screen. You must be connected to Ethernet cable or with a Wi-Fi connection. Right-click on connected network icon and select “Status”.
Step 3. Network connection windows will come up on your screen. Click on “Details…” button and this action will result to your connected network details. Locate IPv4 address and see just parallel, there are some numbers (172.20.13.67) called an IP address. Check the image below:
Method 2. Locate an IP Address by Command Prompt
Step 1. First, we need to open Windows command prompt. To do this, press “Win + R” to open Run dialog box and type “cmd” and hit OK button or press enter.
Step 2. The windows command prompt will be on your screen. Type a command “ipconfig” and hit Enter from your keyboard. The command will be initiated and within quick seconds, you will see your system network configuration wherein your system IP is also listed. Check below image:
Check Public IP Address
For the answer of the question above that, do I have static or dynamic IP? You should check your IP address on this site 2-3 times in a duration of 4-5 hours, if it gets changed this mean you are using a dynamic IP and if not, for sure it a static IP provided by your internet service provider.