How to Find My Local Host

By Bonnie Conrad

The host file is an important part of your computer, but you might not even realize it's there. Determining your local host is necessary for troubleshooting issues with network and Internet connectivity.The host file on your computer translates server and website addresses into the IP addresses for your computer to use.

Step 1

Log onto your computer and click on the "Start" button. Choose "Search" from the list of choices.

Step 2

Type "hosts" into the search box and click "Search" to have your operating system locate the file.

Step 3

Double-click on the "Hosts" file and read the entry. The local host will be represented as a series of four numbers separated by periods, i.e., 10.22.68.150.