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An IP address, also known and an Internet Protocol Address, is a 32 bit number that is assigned to all computing devices that are connected to a network that uses the Internet Protocol method of communicating over networks. Every computer that is connected to the a network or the Internet will have an IP address.

Depending on the type of service you are using to connect to a network or the Internet, you will have either a static or a dynamic IP address. A static address is one that is manually assigned by a person to your computer. You might think of this number like your phone number. You are the only person who has your phone number and this number can identify where you live and who you are.

A dynamic IP address is one that often changes and is generally assigned by a computer. I have a DSL Internet connection where I live and every time I restart my DLS modem, my IP address changes. In my case, many people who are customers of CenturyLink DSL share IP addresses. You might think of a shared address like a zip code. A zip code will tell people the town you live in but not the specific house.

I was recently testing ways to anonymously surf the Internet and I wanted to test a service that was supposed to change my IP so I needed to learn how to find my IP address on Windows 7. Since I had never done this before, I spent some time searching the Internet for things like: what is IP address of my computer, find my IP address Windows 7, where can i find my IP address on my PC, and computer IP address lookup.

Sometimes learning new things with computers can take a while but I was pleased that this was really quite easy. Here are the simple steps to find your IP address in Windows 7.

  1. In the bottom right corner of your screen you’ll see the network icon. Mine looks like the cell phone signal strength bars you see on many cell phones because I’m connected wirelessly. You can hover your mouse over these icons to find the network icon.
  2. Click on the network icon and a small window will pop up. At the bottom of the window you’ll see a blue link that says, “Open Network and Sharing Center”. Click on that link and another window will open up.
  3. In this window look for where it says “Connections”. To the right of that you’ll see the type of connection you currently have displayed as a blue link. You should click on this link. Right now mine says, “Wireless Network Connection”.
  4. After you click on the link, another window will open up and you’ll want to look for a button marked “Details”. Click on that link and you’ll see your computer’s IP address. It will look something like this: 192.168.0.1

I should point out that this number is the IP address for your computer and not the IP address associated with your connection to the Internet. The easiest way to find out what IP address your computer leaves behind when you are surfing the web is to go to the website whatismyipaddress.com. When you do, you’ll instantly see the address associated with your computer’s connection to the Internet on the screen along with the name of your ISP, your connection’s city, region, and country.

As I mentioned, I have a shared Internet Protocol address with my ISP so this tool is displaying my city as one that is over 100 miles from my house. If I had a static IP, the location would be much more accurate.

Thanks so much to taking the time to read this computer tip on my website. If you’re interested in reading another interesting tip, might I suggest that you read My Computer Screen Is Black When I Turn It On. Another interesting tip in my series of articles on solving computer problems is called How To Uninstall Programs On PC.

Sources:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address
  2. http://whatismyipaddress.com

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