How to Find Your External IP WAN Address

Ever found the situation where a friend wish to link to your home network, and you have no idea what your external IP is. Do note that external IP Address is different from internal ip address. An external IP address is an address, which can identify you on the world wide web and tell servers your regional location. There are a few methods to do there Method 1 to detect your external IP address The easy way out is to go to website which can detect your WAN ip such as http://checkip.dyndns.org/ http://canyouseeme.org/ Method 2 to find out your WAN Address This method will be useĀ  a program called command prompt. To fire up this program, go to the start button (if u are using windows 7 and older OS) else, press “windows key + F” on your windows 8 machine. type in “cmd” without quotes and a black windows should appear. type in “tracert google.com” this is to trace the packet path that travels from your PC to the final destination which will be google.com You can simply replace google.com with any website address. Typically, the 1st IP listed will be your router internal IP (gateway) address. and the 2nd IP address listed will be your WAN address. 3rd Way to Locate WAN IP Address issued by ISP The above 2 methods are pretty straight forward. This last method will require some technical knowledge to get the information we want. You are required to know your router’s IP address. We will have to make use of command prompt again to do that Go to the start button (if u are using windows 7 or older OS) else, press “windows key + F” together on your windows 8 computer. type in “cmd” without quotes and a black windows should appear. type in “ipconfig” and information such as your IP Address, subnet mask, default gateway will appear. The IP address refers to the address that was issued by the router on your internal network (more of that in another post) while the default gateway address will be the router’s internal IP address.   Take note of the address, typically in the format, aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd such as 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.254 as shown...

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