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Using Windows Command Prompt to Determine the IP Address of a Connected Device

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Sat, 07/09/2016 - 14:10
Jul 7th, 2016
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Article ID: 4964

Objective

An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is a label given to a device that is used to identify and locate other devices. These addresses allow devices to communicate on and between networks. To access the web configuration utility, you will need to find the IP address of the device you are using. The objective of this document is to show you how to determine the IP address of a device that is internet capable.  

Alternative Option:  To quickly access the configuration utility of various devices, the software FindIT is available on the Cisco website. Find the software here

Note: This article is only applicable to devices that use Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Windows 8 as the primary operating system.  

Applicable Devices

• All Windows Based Networking Devices

How to Determine the IP Address of a Device

Step 1. Navigate to the start menu and choose All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. The Command Prompt window opens:

Step 2. Navigate to the “System 32” directory by typing cd C:/Windows/System32. Then press Enter.

Note: The gray rectangle indicates the user’s home directory. 

Step 3. Type ipconfig and then press Enter to display all of the current settings.

Note: Type ipconfig /all to display all of the network card's current settings.

The Wireless and Local Area Connection values are displayed.

• Connection-specific DNS Suffix — A DNS suffix that is assigned to an adapter.

• Link-Local IPv6 Address — The IP address assigned to the interface.

• IPv4 Address — The IP address of the device that you are currently using.

• Subnet Mask — Used to describe which portion of the IP address refers to the subnet and which refers to the host.

• Default Gateway — The IP address of the device that you are currently connected to.

Note: Your values may differ from those specified in the above image. In some cases, certain devices may have a default IP address, which can be found in the specific device’s product documentation.

Step 4. (Optional) If you are having connectivity issues, one possible solution is to refresh the current IP address of the computer. First, type ipconfig /release and then press Enter. This will let go of the currently held IP address. 

Once your computer is finished releasing the current IP address, type ipconfig /renew and then press Enter. This will assign a new IP address. 

Note: Once the computer has finished operations, you can check your current IP by typing ipconfig and then pressing Enter.

Step 5. If you have a wireless connection, proceed to Step 6. If you have a wired connection, skip to Step 7. If you have both a LAN and a Wireless connection simultaneously, only one of the two connections will be used. 

Step 6. If you are connected to a device with a wireless connection, the Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection section will display the applicable values. The IP in the Default Gateway field will be the IP you will use to access the Configuration Utilities for most devices.

Step 7. If you are connected to a device via a wired connection, the Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection section will display the applicable values. The IP in the Default Gateway field will be the IP you will use to access the Configuration Utilities for most devices.

Step 8. Type the Default Gateway IP address into your web browser. The web configuration utility page will open.

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