What is my IP address?

That depends on which IP Address you’re talking about. Your computer always has the IP address 127.0.0.1. This is your localhost, or loopback address. Your computer will also have a local area network address that’s in one of three ranges: 10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x, or 192.168.x.x. Then, all devices on your network will also share your external ip address which can be found by checking the status on your router’s status page, or as others have stated can be found by going to a site like What Is My IP? Shows your real IP address – WhatIsMyIP.com ® .

The above examples are all IP version 4 IP addresses. Unless you’ve disabled it, your computer will also have at least some IP version 6 addresses. Local host is ::1 , but chances are you won’t have an external IPv6 address unless it’s a mobile device. IPv6 was created to address the fact that eventually we’d run out of available IP addresses. Many people were cynical about the need for this, but with the explosion in popularity of mobile devices and then other smart devices/appliances it’s become a necessity.

To find a public IP, an easy way is to check “What’s my IP.” It’s not totally accurate since you can be using any of the four 4 IPs assigned to your account. (There maybe more or less of the IPs depending in your ISP). It can change unless you get static ip. Which is often not available for residential services.

The Private IP is a little more complicated. How to find it all depends on your operating system. You can use the command line in windows if you want or check network preference pane in the settings to find it on a Mac. It’s pretty easy, actually. There are other ways to get it but you get the idea.

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