How to Determine an IP Address in a Chat Room

By Sherry Londo-Thomas

Whatever the device or application, if it is connected to the Internet, it has an IP (Internet Protocol) address. IP addresses are made up of four numbers referred to as a dotted-quad. An example of a dotted-quad would be 192.168.1.1. Addresses identify the location of a user. A chat room participant, because he communicates via the Internet, also has an IP address. If you need the IP address of someone participating in a chat, you can get it.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Software

Determine IP Address

Step 1

Download free software. CNET (see link under Resources below) provides free downloads that will assist you in locating the chat room IP address. Try downloads at CNET before investing money.

Step 2

Use MS-DOS command. Use DOS in lieu of software to locate chat room IP address. For this to work, you'll need a direct connection to the other chatter's computer. If the other user will accept a file transfer from you, this will establish contact. To bring up the MS-DOS window in XP, click "Start," "Programs," "Accessories," "Command Prompt" or hit "Start" and "Run" and type "cmd.exe."

Step 3

Type "netstat -a" or "netstat -n" in the DOS window to obtain the address. A list of IP addresses will come up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Determining an IP address in a chat room may be used to improve the environment for chat, to weed out those who are more interested in disrupting than contributing, and to get information, such as the locations that are most often represented.
  • This information should not be used for stalking or bullying. As of December 2009, 47 states consider cyberstalking illegal.
  • Do not include quotation marks when typing MS-DOS commands.