How can I locate my IP address?

The internet is a very massive space where billions of people interact or communicate in one way or the other, but, even with the overwhelming number of people that use the internet, every single person has a unique denotation used to identify them, now, that is where IP address comes in. An Internet Protocol Address, or IP address, is a numerical representation of each and every device using the internet protocol for interaction via the computer network.

Functioning as a location address and a host or network interface identifier, the IP address has two versions. The Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which as a 32-bit (4 octets) numbering system, and the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), which has a 128-bit (16 octets) numbering system.

You may be wondering, how do I know this is an IP address? It’s quite easy. IP addresses are identified by their easy human-reading connotations. For example, an IPv4 would look like 192.14.543.4, while an IPv6 would come in the form of 1004:dn8:1:3425:2:465:3:1.

 

What is the location of my IP Address?

In most movies, we see detectives or some other people finding the location of someone once they log in on the internet. This is easily done with an IP address. It not only identifies someone but also connects that person to their geological location.

An IP address easily pin-points your location by what is called IP-BASED GEOLOCATION which represents your IP address to the geographic location of the device which you used in connecting to the internet. It gives information about your country, region, latitude/longitude, ISP, domain name and so much more.

The geographic location of a device is usually logged on a geolocation database whose accuracy varies with the type of database used. Some IP addresses that give you the location information down to the Country may have an accuracy of about 95% while those that give information down to the City have the accuracy of 50% and above.

How do I find my server’s IP address?

Devices that are connected to the internet are usually named using a graded decentralized naming system, this is known as the Domain Name System or DNS. The DNS is an intricate component of the internet as its fundamental purpose is interpreting memorized domain names to the IP address which are needed in locating and identifying devices with a basic network protocol.

With the underlying steps, you can easily find your server’s IP address on both Windows and Linux operating systems:

For Linux

Step 1

Got the GNOME menu that reads “Applications” and “Accessories”. Click on “Terminal”, the command prompt will pop up.

Step 2

In the command prompt, type in “host” and click enter “Enter” on your keyboard. For example, “host www.twitter.com

Step 3

The command terminal should bring an output that displays the server’s IP address. For instance, www.twitter.com has the IP address 188.4.310.355.

For Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Step 1

Log on to a user account, go to the start menu for Windows XP/Vista/7 while for Windows 8/10, on the taskbar and click on the search icon.

Step 2

To display the command prompt window in Windows Vista/7/8/10, type “CMD” then “Enter” on your keyboard, while in Windows XP, click on “Run” and type in “CMD” and then press “Enter”.

Step 3

After the command prompt pops up, type in “nslookup” and press “Enter” on your keyboard. For instance, type “nslookup www.facebook.com

Step 4

The server’s name would display on a line in the command output. For the example in the previous step, the line would display “Name: www.facebook.com” while the next line would begin with the word “Address” and would include your server’s IP address.

 

How do I find my IP address on my phone?

If you are using a smartphone with an Android OS or even an iOS, some applications would require your phone’s IP address before you can gain access or use them. Getting the IP address on some phone can be a drag compared to others, but once you know what you are looking for, you can easily find them. Not that the IP addresses on mobile devices are usually Local IP addresses which helps identify a device within a single network which changes upon reconnection to a network.

Highlighted below are simple steps you can take to find your IP address on both Android and iOS devices:

On Android

Discovering the IP address of your Android device is quite easy compared to other devices.

Step 1

Connect to a wireless network if you are not yet connected. You can do this by going to Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi

Step 2

A list of available networks would be displayed on your screen. Tap the Wi-Fi connection you are currently using. This would bring a pop-up of the network specifics with your IP address at the bottom.

On iOS

Step 1

Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network by going to Settings > Wi-Fi networks.

Step 2

On the right-hand side of the network window, click on the blue arrow located there.

Step 3

A screen containing your network specific will be displayed. On your iOS device, you can decide to make your IP address constant by clicking on the “static” option on the far right tab on your screen. This would, in turn maintain that IP address should you decide to connect to the network as opposed to connecting to the router.

How do I find my Wi-Fi router’s IP address?

Gaining access to your router’s setup page to make a couple of configuration adjustments would require your router’s IP address, which makes it important that you know how to get your router’s IP address on your device. Below are a few simple steps you can take in discovering your router’s IP address without stress on popular platforms:

On Windows

Step 1

Devices with a Windows OS have their router’s IP address denoted as Default Gateway under their network connection information. So you can easily identify your router’s IP address since you know what you are looking for.

Step 2

You can also find the default gateway (router’s IP address) through the graphic interface if you choose to. This can be done by first clicking on the “Start” menu then type in “Control Panel”, then press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Step 3

Under the “Network and internet” category of “Adjust your computer’s settings” window in your control panel, click on the “View network status and tasks” link.

Step 4           

Click on the name of your network connection which should be on the upper left corner of the “View network status and tasks” window.

Step 5

Click on the “Ethernet Status” link and then click on the “Details” button.

Step 6

In the “Details” window, you will find your router’s IP address represented as “IPv4 Default Gateway”

On Mac OS

If you are using a Mac device, discovering your router’s IP address is quite easier than finding it on a Windows device.

Step 1

Click the “Apple” icon which should be on the bar at the top of your screen, click “System preferences” and then under this window, select the “Network” icon.

Step 2

Select the network you are currently connected from the list of available networks and then at the bottom of your screen, hit the “Advanced” button.

Step 3

At the top of your “Advanced” window, select the tab that says “TCP/IP”. This should display your router’s IP address represented simply as “Router”.

On iPhone and iPad

Since Mac and iPhone and iPad all have an iOS, your router IP address can be found in similar ways and without stress.

Step 1

On your device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.

Step 2

Click the name of the network you are connected to and your network specifics will be displayed. On this page, your router’s IP address is represented as “Router”. 

On Linux

If you are using a Linux device, your router’s IP address would be listed as “Default Route” or “Gateway”. To find this, simply click the network icon in the notification area and then hit the “Connection information” link. The next window should display your router’s IP address.

On Chrome OS

Step 1

At the right side of the taskbar of your Chromebook, select the notification area. In the window that pops-up click on the option that reads “Connected to {Network Name}” and select the network you are currently connected to.

Step 2

When the network specifics are displayed, select the “Network” tab which should display your router’s IP address as “Gateway”

With the guidelines discussed above, you can easily locate your IP address on any device whatsoever.



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