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How to determine what your computers local IP address is
Applies to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
1. Click Start - Run
2. Next enter "CMD" and click OK
3. Next at the command prompt type "ipconfig" and press enter
At this point all your active connections will list on the screen. Note you may need to scroll back up the window to get to the connection info you need. Also keep in mine if you are connected to your wired or wireless connection because both might have an IP address assigned but you can only be actively connected to one at a time not both.
4. Look under the Local Area Connection if connected to your network via a wired connection or Wireless Network Connection if connecting via a wreless connection.
Once under the right connection you will want to look for the line that shows "IP Address" this will have what the computers current IP Address is. Note if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 it will be listed as "IPv4 Address". Also while you are here take note to what the "Default Gateway" is because if you are trying to network computers together you want to make sure they are connecting to the right network.
Here is an example of what IPCONFIG looks like on a computer running Windows 7
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