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What is my IP Address?

Are you asking yourself "What is my IP?" or "How do I find my IP address?"? Well - look no further. This guide will cover all the methods to find your distinct IP address.

Finding out the number of your IP address can be useful in a set of situations and scenarios, but first allow me to explain what an IP address is and what exactly it means for you.

What is it?

IP stands for “Internet Protocol”, and the specific number that is assigned to your computer, or tablet, or smartphone, or any device that you use to access the internet is called your own unique “IP address”.

This number is very important as it identifies your internet-enable device as an individual device, allowing the servers that contain the websites that you are visiting to communicate with your computer, or the computers of other people to exchange data with yours in the case of peer to peer torrenting for example.

This IP address is assigned to your device automatically by your internet provider, so you don’t have to set it yourself in order to connect to the world wide web.

What are its types?

There are two types of IP addresses, namely the dynamic and the static.

  1. The dynamic is assigned to your device by your internet service provider every time you connect to the internet, so it changes every time you restart your computer for example.
  2. The static IP address is the one that is stable and determined by your physical address and your internet service provider. The static IP never changes, so it is useful for when you want to connect to your computer/device remotely, for when you want to maintain an online presence like play games on a cloud platform, and for security purposes like to avoid unauthorized access to your accounts done from IP addresses that are not connected to your accounts.

How can you find out your IP address?

The simplest way to figure out your static IP address is by visiting the online service “https://whatismyipaddress.com”.

If that doesn’t work for you for any reason, here’s what to do:

If you’re using Windows: Click Start and choose the “Run” option to run a command. Once the command prompt opens, type Cmd and hit enter. This should open a console session, so type “ipconfig” in the console and hit enter again and you’ll get your static IP address.

If you’re using Mac: Open a terminal and type “ifconfig” followed by enter 

If you’re using Linux: Open a terminal and type “ip addr show” and then hit enter

If you’re using Android: Go to your WiFi settings and tap on the item that represents your active connection. This should open a window that shows relevant information with the IP address being the first item on the list.

What to do with it?

Ok, now we know our static IP but what can we do with it?

As previously mentioned in this quick guide, knowing your static IP allows you to connect to the corresponding device remotely. That way you can set up a web server or a mail server, set up a VoIP telephony network, or an IP camera surveillance network.

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