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How to Find IP and MAC Addresses in Microsoft Windows


Find IP address using these easy steps

Follow these instructions to quickly find the Internet Protocol (IP) and Media Access Control (MAC) addresses of a computer running Microsoft Windows 10 or earlier.

Note that many Windows PCs have more than one network adapter (such as separate adapters for Ethernet and Wi-Fi support) and therefore can have multiple active IP or MAC addresses.


Finding IP and MAC Addresses in Windows 10

Follow these steps to find address information for Windows 10 Wi-Fi and Ethernet interfaces:

 1. Open the Windows Settings app and navigate to the Network & Internet section.

 2. Select the connection type for the desired specific adapter. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and even old dial-up interfaces are each included in a separate menu.

 3. For the Wi-Fi interface, click the Wi-Fi menu item.

 4. Navigate to the bottom of the list of wireless network names.

 5. Click Advanced options . Then navigate to the bottom of Properties on the screen where the IP and physical (i.e. MAC) addresses are displayed.

 6. For the Ethernet interface, click the Ethernet menu item and then the Connected icon . The Properties section of the screen then displays its IP and Physical address.


Finding IP and MAC Addresses on Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Follow these steps for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (or 8):

 1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu (on Windows 7) or from the Start Apps list (on Windows 8/8.1).

 2. Open the Network and Sharing Center section in the Control Panel.

 3. In the View your active networks section of the screen, click the blue link associated with the desired connection. Alternatively, click the "Change adapter settings" menu link on the left and then right-click the icon that corresponds to the desired connection. In both cases, a pop-up window appears showing the basic status for that connection.

 4. Click the Details button . The Network Connection Details window appears listing the Physical Address, IP address, and other parameters.


Finding IP and MAC Addresses on Windows XP (or earlier versions)

Follow these steps for Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows:

 1. Click the Start menu button on the Windows taskbar.

 2. Click Run in this menu.

 3. In the text box that appears, type winipcfg . The IP Address field indicates the IP address for the default network adapter. The Adapter Address field shows the MAC address for this adapter. Use the drop-down menu near the top of the window to browse the address information for alternative network adapters.


Take care to read the IP address of the correct adapter. Note that computers installed with Virtual Private Network (VPN) software or emulation software will have one or more virtual adapters. The virtual adapter has a software-emulated MAC address instead of the actual physical address of the network interface card. This is a private address rather than an actual Internet address.


Pro Tips to Find IP and MAC Addresses in Windows

The ipconfig command line utility displays information for all active network adapters. Some prefer to use ipconfig as an alternative for navigating various windows and menus that require multiple mouse clicks and may change depending on the version of the operating system. To use ipconfig , open a command prompt (via the Windows Run menu option) and type

ipconfig /all

No matter what method or version of Windows is involved, be careful to read the address of the correct physical adapter. Virtual adapters such as those used with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) generally show private IP addresses rather than actual Internet addresses. The virtual adapter also has a software-emulated MAC address instead of the actual physical address of the network interface card.


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