The IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is a unique number that your network assigns to computers or components connected to the network. IP addresses enable computers in a network to recognize each other. An IP address consists of four numerals between 0 to 250 separated by periods (e.g. 192.168.1.1). No two IP addresses are identical. In your Windows Vista computer, you can locate your IP address quickly.
Click the Windows "Start" button and right-click "Network." Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Properties." A "Network and Sharing Center" window opens.
Click the "View Status" button located on the lower-right corner. The "Local Area Connection Status" window opens.
Click "Details." This launches the "Network Connection Details" window. You should see your IP address next to "IPv4 IP Address."
Alternatively, view your IP address in the Command Prompt. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button. Type "cmd" and click "Command Prompt" to launch the Command Prompt. Type "ipconfig" or "ipconfig/all" and press "Enter." Locate the "IPv4 Address" section. You should see your IP address.
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