When you ask: What is my IP?
I’m starting a small series of posts that cover the most asked questions on Google. Most of these questions won’t be answered here, because as this first question may show, I don’t have the answer for you. However, I might, for fun, give an answer if I personally know it. It’s mostly to have fun with why people ask so many questions.
An IP address is purely a unique address on a given computer network. Much like your phone number is on a telephone network, your number must be unique so that your device can be contacted without risk of confusion. Your IP address may be that of your network mapping on your local network, your wireless mapping for example. It will often be something like 192.168.2.101. Unique on your local network, your router, which would be at address 192.168.2.1, uses it to route information between your computer and it in order to, in most cases, relay it on the Internet. Your router has a separate IP address on the Internet, as the Internet is a network in its own right. This would be what is often called your “public” IP address. It is certainly this address that is being sought by this question.
Why this address and why ask Google? Well, Google has developed a feature that returns this address without you having to go into your router’s configuration interface. So the first question is simply more proof of our penchant for efficiency. What? You’re either consistent or you’re not! And why do we want to know this address? Simply to give it to be able to be contacted, no different than finding your phone number and giving it to someone else!
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Last Updated on June 14, 2021 by Coach Danny