An IP Address, short for Internet Protocol Address, is a string of four numbers, each ranging from 0 to 255, separated by periods, that uniquely identifies a specific computer on the Internet. A computer may bear the following IP information: 163.024.163.27 This IP information is necessary because when you are on the Internet, you can then receive e-mail messages, text and images from the web sites you browse etc.
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will assign you a dynamic (temporary) IP address that lasts only for the length of your session on the Internet. If you reconnect to the Internet later, you will receive another temporary IP address. Computers with fixed (static) IP addresses use the domain name system to let others on the Web reach them by entering just an identifying name, not some cumbersome four-part group of numbers. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how you can view your Computers IP Information.
Viewing Your Computer's IP Information
- Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
- Then click on the Run Icon, which will open up the Run Menu for you.
- Locate the white area of the screen next to the word Open: in the Run Menu.
- Now type in the word COMMAND and click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen.
- For Windows XP, you can also type in the word CMD and then click on the OK button.
- This will launch the Window's DOS Prompt Command Window for you.
- Now using your keyboard, type IPCONFIG /ALL and press the Enter key.
- Windows will now display the IP Configuration Information for your computer.
- When finished, simply close the Command Prompt window to return back to Windows.
Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.