Why is my IP address different?


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quick question? i went on multiple websites that tell you your ip address and they all told me the same one but when i looked it up on my computer itself i got a different one. why would that happen?

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ok cool i get it now is there anyway to change that ip address ive heard of ip spoofing but cant find much on it. what could you tell me about that?
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quick question? i went on multiple websites that tell you your ip address and they all told me the same one but when i looked it up on my computer itself i got a different one. why would that happen?

The IP address shown to you by web sites is your "public" IP address.  This is a number that has been assigned to your modem by your Internet service provider.  This is the address that all devices on the world wide web see and this number allows you to navigate and communicate to other machines outside your home.

But inside your home, you have what's called "local" IP addresses that are assigned to the devices inside your home by another device inside your home.  In your case, the modem or router is probably assigning these local numbers to your computers.

The individual computers in your home need "local" numbers to talk to each other and be identified by your router/modem/gateway.  These numbers are not seen by computers outside your home.  Any communication that goes outside your house to the www, must do so from a different "public" number which your modem (or gateway) uses.

You know all the talk where they are saying we are going to run out of IP addresses in a month or so?  Among those numbers that are now in short supply are the "public" numbers that are assigned to your DSL or cable modem by your ISP.

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Re: Why is my IP address different?

Is the one you looked up on your computer something like 127.0.0.1 or 192.168.X.1 (with the X being some number)??  Because the first is a your localhost/loopback address, and the second is a default router address.... and neither are your actual IP address...

Where are you looking it up on your computer?

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i clicked on the internet connection symbol on the task bar and then clicked on support and it gave me that 192.168.X.XXX number you say thats not my real ip tho. what is is it the ip all those sites told me
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Re: Why is my IP address different?

Yeah.. what hubby said...

AND, if you type in the 192.168.X.XXX into your browser window (address bar), and hit enter, you'll access your router settings... albeit, first be greeted with a usernam/password login to access those settings...

Everything connected to the interweb has an address... the IP that all the sites told you, is what lets all the sites know that you're a unique person/computer... the 192.168.X.XXX is your router's address when you're connected to it's network (it won't work if you're not connected to it's network)... and every website is technically a similar address (made up of numbers that resemble your IP address) but those would be hard to remember, so it's configured that when you type in a worded address (like grownupgeek.com) your browser will be able to translate it into the numerical address and find it... a buncha mumbo jumbo...

But, the address that all the sites told you (your public IP address) is determined by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and is used to know that you're a real computer and can be used to find you... at most, anyone can only hope to track you down to a city (or surrounding area), BUT, if you're doing something illegal on the internet, if legal action is taken, your ISP can be given a subpoena to release information about your true location (because they would have your street address and such to know where to give access) so authorities can find you... So basically, nothing you do is anonymous, and you can be found if you do something that get's the authorities involved, but it requires court orders and other legal stuffs...

So basically, your public IP address is what makes you unique in the Internet world, so that you're not held responsible for other people's actions, and visa versa...

 

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Re: Why is my IP address different?

Yah, when you go to one of those sites like whatismyip.com, it shows your real, internet-facing IP address.

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