How to Connect to a Remote Computer Using an IP

By Jim Campbell

Each computer on your network has an IP address assigned to it. An IP is the numerical address for the computer and is used to route messages across the network. You can also use the IP address to map a drive. This connects you to the remote computer and allows you to edit, delete and add files to its system. This provides a quick and easy way for Windows computers to share files.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Computer." This opens an Explorer window with your hard drives listed.

Step 2

Click the "Map Network Drive" button to open a configuration window. Click on a drive letter in the drop-down box. This sets the drive letter for the shortcut, which is displayed in the computer's Explorer window.

Step 3

Type the location for the connection using the IP address of the computer. For instance, if you want to connect to the C: drive of a computer with the IP address "," you should enter the following:\\\c

Step 4

Click the "Finish" button. The drive connection is set and the new network drive is shown in the list of drives on your computer.