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If you notice an IP which resembles 192.168.n.n then it is an internal IP address assigned by a router. Means your router is getting your external IP address. If you find that the IP displayed in the command prompt window and shown on What Is My IP matches, then your computer is being assigned your external IP.


If you’re trying to troubleshoot internet and networking problems over the phone, your IP address is the key factor. It’s very simple to find your IP address on both the devices whether you own a Mac machine or Windows. It’s very easy to find it and here are some points to find it out.

Before starting finding external IP address, it’s important to know there are two types of IP addresses: local and external/public. Your local IP address is used by the local network to identify your computer or device and external/public IP address is what gets used to access the Internet surfing facilities.

This external/ public IP address is provided by your Internet service provider, but a lot of people don’t know so here is a way to identify. Since it’s a commonly needed number so let’s take a look at how to find your external/public IP address.

Visit a search engine like Google, Bing or any other and type in its search bar for what’s my IP

Here the first result you may get should be a site called What’s My IP Address. Open that.

On the resulting page, your external/public IP address should be displayed prominently.

Now, you can find your local IP address.

How Windows users can find external/public IP address

  • Open the Start menu and type cmd in notepad. As soon as you see the cmd applications in the Start menu panel, click on it to open it or just press enter.
  • Now a command line window will open, type ipconfig in that and press enter.
  • Now you’ll see a lot of information, but the line you need to click is “IPv4 Address.” The number which will be across from this text is your local IP address.

How Mac users can find external/public IP address:

  • At the top on the left hand corner of your screen there will be the Apple menu. Click on the option Open System Preferences.
  • When you open System Preferences, it shows a labeled network icon, click on that
  • Now on the left, you will see labels like Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, etc. The one label with green dots does have IP addresses assigned to them.
  • Click the one on top of it if it isn’t already selected and then look to the right.
  • There will be text that reads something like “Wi-Fi is connected to Chocolate and has the IP address or something like this.
  • This number at the end of that text is your local IP address.

Madison is an expert tech writer and work for Computer Repair Service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software. In this article she discusse about how to assign external IP address and network security tips. Keep reading their articles for new tips and tricks.


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