How to Determine an IP Address in a Chat Room

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.

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Determine IP Address

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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.

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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."

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