Our computer’s IP address is also its unique identifier in the network. It is thanks to him that we can locate the physical location of the machine.
Before we explain what an IP address is and how to check it, we need to know a few things. First of all, what is IP? It is an abbreviation of the English expression Internet Protocol, which is a set of rules and steps by which computers can communicate with each other. However, the IP address itself is a special number assigned to our router by the ISP, for example.
How can I check the IP address of my computer?
We will check the computer’s IP address the fastest using the built-in Windows tool. It works in older versions as well as Windows XP, Vista, but also in Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1. Open the Start menu and enter cmd in the search field to launch the console with the option of entering system commands.
When the console window appears and you see the blinking cursor, enter the ipconfig command. The launched program will show us information about our network connection, the list will find not only the computer’s IP address, but also the subnet mask and default gateway.
How to check the IP address on the network?
If for some mysterious reason we are unable to read the IP address of the computer using the Windows system tool, there are still countless websites that will allow you to check the IP address.