How to Find IP Address on Any Device

What is an IP Address?

Just like a street address or telephone number, communication on devices also comes with addresses too. IP Address is referred to in full as Internet Protocol Address. An Internet Protocol involves combining of rules that coordinate the affairs of Internet activities. Hence, IP Address oversees internet communication with the sole aim of identifying between devices and destinations. It is a means of identification, usually numerical, designated to each device for the purpose of communicating with other devices in the Internet Protocol Network. There cannot be online communication inexistence without an Internet Protocol address as it is saddled with the responsibility of finding and exchanging information between devices. For instance, just as one cannot send a letter without giving it an address where the receiver could be located so also, information on the web cannot be sent without the IP address. Principally, the IP address has two basic functions which are identification and for Locating. Through the identification system or function of the IP address, computers get to interact with one another and by doing so, necessary information are shared and devices are also located. A standard IP address has four (4) numbers which is always separated by a period or decimal (point).

What is the location of my IP Address? 
As previously identified, locating serves as one of the most principal functions of an IP address. Technically, locating in internet protocol is refers to as ‘geolocation’. It involves identifying the geographical location of an Internet-connected terminal such as mobile phones or computers. In simple terms, geolocation is the generation of coordinates to determine a location when a device is connected to the web.
The location is the public IP Address of a computer or device. The location of a device’s IP Address is the place where the device was at the moment of connecting to the Internet. However, IP Address usually do not represent specific locations of the computer network whatsoever. Although theoretically, internet protocol address is limited to only determining the physical location of an IP and not the actual location. In clear terms, an IP address cannot be directly associated or linked to a home address. Also, all that one could get in locating is an estimation.
To find out the location of an IP address, you can use IP Lookup tools to Find your IP Address or one could just Google search ‘My IP Address’ results would come out. Some of the details included in the search output are one’s current IP connection, the proxy IP, country, state, network city, ISP, Time zone, Operating system, latitude, longitude, local time and many more.

How do I find my servers’ IP Address?
A server is basically an automated software upon which specific contents are produced upon the request of a user. It is an unseen system where information is gotten from usually provided by an internet service provider. In comparison with the computer systems and telephones, all have its IP Addresses; a server also possesses an IP address. More clearly, every server in the network has a distinct IP Address depicted by the dot-decimal form. To locate one’s server’s IP address, below are steps to consider
On Windows
•    Click the start iconon the computer screen
•    Search CMD or Command Prompt and press the enter button
•    Use the command nslookupfollowed by the domain I question. E.G. and press the enter button
•    Follow the command’s output by reading through till you find the Server’s name. The next line that follows with the word address will include the servers’ IP Address

•    Select the Command Prompt
•    At the prompt, type ping or pathping or tracert followed by the servers’ host name in question
Press enter and follow the output to locate your servers’ IP Address

•    Go to the terminal
•    Run the command ipconfiggetpacket en0
•    (If you are on airport, replace en0 with en1)
•    The command would produce an output. Follow through to find the  server identifier

How do I find my IP Address on my Phone? 
To find one’s IP address on one’s phone, first make sure that one’s mobile phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network else, one would not see any four dot-decimal numbers.
On Android
•    Select the setting icon
•    Click on Wi-Fi icon
•    Select the menu button and select advanced
•    Scroll down to find the icon with the title IP Address. Beneath it is the phone’s private IP Address

On IPhone

•    Select the setting icon
•    Tap Wi-Fi which would display a list of connections available
•    Beside the network you are connected to is an information icon, select it and the details of the connected network would come into display.
•    Find the IP Address entry to find your IP Address

How Do I find my Wi-Fi routers IP ADDRESS?
The network routers IP Address in a business network connection is known as the default gateway as it serves as the means by which other devices connect. This routers default gateway can be easily located on a computer by simply using the command prompt. It is essential to connect one’s device to a wireless network in order to get the routers IP Address else, there would be an empty space left for the celestial to fill which cannot be trusted. Below are the instructions

•    Click on the start icon
•    Type CMD on the search area to launch the command prompt
•    A prompt would appear, type ipconfig followed by hitting the enter button.
•    A list of all network adapter connected to the device would appear
•  Find the default gateway and jot down the number sequence next to it because that is your routers IP Address

•    Click the apple icon on the computer screen
•    Select the system preferences icon
•    Select the network icon to open the menu
•    Select your network adapter in which you are connected to (It is usually the one with a green indicator)
•    Trace the number following the router entry as that is our routers IP Address or default gateway.

By the end of this, the location of one’s IP address should have been located including servers IP address, telephones IP address and one’s routers IP Address simply by following every step which has been identified above. The material is practical and as such I hope one practises what one has learnt.
Author: Osama Khan

Osama is a guest blogger at Cyber Shaft. He is a tech reporter and internet privacy and security enthusiast, who regularly shares his knowledge and ideas through this writings in an effort to make the internet a safe and secure place for all.


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