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An IP address is a number given to each computer on the internet. It is like a postal address or telephone number, but for the computer. Internet protocol (IP) defines how communication from one address to another works. There are times you may need this address, for instance, using remote desktop to access your computer from home.

Locating your IP on Windows 7

  1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.

  2. Select an active network connection, and then, in the toolbar, click View status of this connection. (You might need to click the chevron Picture of the chevron icon to find this command.)
  3. Click Details.

  4. Your computer's IP address appears in the Value column, next to IPv4 Address.

Locating your IP on Mac OSX

  1. From the Apple menu pull down “System Preferences”
  2. Click on the “Network” preference pane
  3. Your IP address will be visible to the right.

Locating your IP in Windows XP