How to find wireless IP address

Last Updated 8/22/2017

How to set up your home wireless network

You can use a wireless network to share Internet access, files, printers, and more. You can surf the Web while you're sitting on your couch or in your backyard. And on top of all its very easy to install.

While you are searching you will find out that the equipment supports three different wireless networking technologies: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. 802.11g is recommended, because it offers great performance and is compatible with almost everything.

What you need is a broadband Internet connection; wireless router and a computer with built-in wireless networking support or a wireless network adapter.

Next, connect your wireless router to your modem. When you've hooked everything up, your computer will wirelessly connect to your router, and the router will send communications through your modem to the Internet.

If you currently have your computer connected directly to your modem: Unplug the network cable and plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN. If that’s not the case then Plug one end of a network cable into your modem, and plug the other end of the network cable into the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router.

If you currently have your computer connected to a router: You should plug any network cables, available ports on your wireless router, since you no longer need your original router, your new wireless will now do all the stuff.

Next, plug in and turn on your cable or DSL modem. Wait a few minutes, now the Internet, WAN, or WLAN light on your wireless router should light up, indicating that it has successfully connected to your modem.

Configure your wireless router

Connect your computer to one of the open network ports on your wireless router (any port that isn't labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN. Open Internet Explorer and type in the address to configure your router. The address and password you use will vary depending on what type of router you have, so refer to the instructions included with your router. Internet Explorer will show your router's configuration page. For the better part it should be fine but there are still some things you need to set yourself: your wireless network name, known as the SSID; wireless encryption or WiFi Protected Access; your administrative password.

Connect your computers

If your computer does not have wireless network support built in, plug your network adapter into your USB port (desktop), or insert the network adapter into an empty PC card slot (laptop). Windows XP will automatically detect the new adapter. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

How to find wireless IP address

1. Choose Run from the Start Menu.
2. If you use Windows 95, 98, or Me, enter command as the command line to run.
    If you use Windows XP, 2000, or NT, enter cmd.
3. Type cmd and hit enter.
4. Once the box opens type ipconfig /all and hit enter.

If you are using dynamic addresses and are connected successfully to a network with DHCP then you should see an address next to "IP Address". If it fails to connect properly or your DHCP server isn't working then your address should be in the 169.x.x.x range. With a 169.x.x.x range then you won't be able to use the network adapter.

Fixing IP Address Problems

When a computer network is functioning properly, IP addresses stay in the background and don't require any specific attention. However, some common problems you may encounter when setting up or joining a computer network include:

  • A computer has no IP address
  • Two computers have the same IP address
  • A computer has a "bad" IP address that won't allow it to "talk" on the network

To solve these problems, several techniques can be applied including IP address release / renew, setting static IP addresses, and updating the subnet configuration.