The IP address of your device is an important and critical piece of information that you either don’t know or you don’t think about too often. There are times when you might need to get access. Some prime examples of this are when you need to access your NAS box to explore content, run a server based on WEB or connect to a self-made VPN. To do any of this one needs to know about Internal and external IP and how it works.
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External and Internal IP addresses
The term IP address is branched into 2 categories the first one is an internal IP address and the second one is an external IP address. Internal IP is a specific address given by your local network to all internal devices. For example, your router puts out different internal IPs for each device so it can distinguish between the devices that are connected to it.
While on the other hand, an external IP is for the World Wide Web to know about the network address of your router. This lets the online web identify each router as a separate device. In other words, we can also say external IP is an internal IP on a larger scale for the service providers. Now the question comes, how to find your IP address whether it’s external or internal? Here is how you can do it.
Find external IP address
Visit WhatIsMyIP.com, it will tell you your IPV4 address and well as the newer IPV6 address. Want to know the basic IPV4? Visit ipconfig.me. For now, all the cases use IPV4 as an address but in near future, everyone will simply shift to IPV6 as it is a more advanced version.
Find internal IP
Finding an internal IP address is not as simple as clicking on some hyperlinks, for each device it is different.
Open Command Prompt from the Windows search. Input the command ipconfig in the command line. You will see your internal IP address in front of you.
Click on the apple icon on the top left corner of your screen. Open system preference>network. Select the type of network you are in.
It is complicated with Androids as different brands have placed the IP information differently. The most common way to find it is to head to Settings>Network & Wi-Fi> Select the network you connected with then press Advance to know the information related to IP.
Head to settings then tap on Wi-Fi. There, next to your connected network, there will be an “i” inside a circle. Tap on it to see the IP address.
These are some simple techniques you can try. If by any chance you are using some other device, fret not, the IP is usually in either status of your device under the about section or just see the settings of Wi-Fi from which you are connected to.
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