How to Find a Device's IP Address on a Local Network

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When looking for the IP address of a device or computer in the network, you at least need the host name of the device. One way to look for the IP address is to use the "ping" command. This is a network communication tool that sends small data packets to another device to check its availability. If you ping the IP address, it returns a host name. If you ping the host name, it shows the IP address. It shows whether the device is connected to the network.

Things You'll Need

  • Device host name
  • Click "Start" and "Run."

  • Type "cmd" (without quotes) to open the command prompt window.

  • Type "ping hostname" (without quotes), where "hostname" is the device's host name.

  • Press "Enter."

  • Look for the line: "Pinging hostname [100.200.300.400] with 32 bytes of data," where hostname is the device's name. The numbers in brackets is the device's IP address.

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