What is an IP?
An IP address (Internet Protocol) address of a computer, in its simplest form, is an identification of a computer on a network. The IP address or IP Configuration helps in identifying and connecting to a computer when it is on a Local Area Network or internet. Several other hardware devices such as printers, routers, and modems are also assigned IP addresses.
An IP address is a combination of numbers and decimals.
Find my IP
Your IP address can be found from the Command Prompt on your computer. Go to Start > Run, the Run dialog box is displayed. Type ipconfig and press Enter. The IP address is displayed. You can get a new IP by changing the static IP or dynamic IP. Changing the dynamic IP is not advised as it is assigned by a network administrator or an internet service provider and changing it will impact your access to network/internet. You can, however, change your static IP.
Here is a sample screen that shows your fixed IP address or static IP.
How to change my IP
Here is a step-by-step procedure you can follow for changing the static IP address or configuring the address manually: 1. Go to Start, My Network Places, right-click and select Properties. The Network Connections screen is displayed.
IP Address in the Display Option
1. Select the LAN or High-Speed Internet option.
Note: Your IP address is displayed in the left pane if the option is available on your version of windows. Proceed to next step even if you do not find the information.
1. Right-click and select Properties. The Local Area Connection Properties window is displayed.
In the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. The default selection is General tab, if not, select it. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) properties window is displayed.
1. Select Use the following IP address option.
The fields below will be enabled for entry.
1. Enter the desired IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway. Also enter the DNS server details. You have just configured your new IP address.