An Internet Protocol (IP) is a unique address assigned to any communication device that is connected over a network. Just like physical home addresses, an IP provides an exclusive identity to your computer for different systems to communicate with one another. Moreover, IP addresses are used to troubleshoot common connectivity problems among applications, video games and servers. To find the IP address from your HP Pavilion computer, execute a series of efficient steps using your Vista-based operating system.
Go to the Windows "Start" menu. Type "Cmd" without the quotes, and then press "Enter" to launch the Windows Command Prompt. Alternatively, click the "Start" menu followed by "All Programs," then choose the "Accessories" folder and launch the "Command Prompt" entry.
Type "Ipconfig" and press "Enter." Take note of the four sets of numbers provided within the "IPv4 Address" field. Type "Exit" and press "Enter" to end the Command Prompt session.
Use an online service as an alternate method to find your computer's IP address. Websites such as Whatismyip.com and Ipaddresslocation.org (see "Resources") offer a simplistic way of disclosing your computer's address.
Note or write down the four number sets located at the top of the screen. These represent your computer's IP address. An example of this would be 10.20.30.40.
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