How to Find the Name of a Remote Computer

Computers that are directly connected to the Internet are assigned an IP address and a host name. As long as you know one of these pieces of information, you can find out the other information through a simple command-line execution.

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Click on the "Start" button and then click on the Run command if you are using Windows XP. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, click in the search bar.

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Type "cmd" and then press the "Enter" key.

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Type "ping -a ip_address" where "ip_address" is the IP address of the remote computer.

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Look at the host name, returned in the command line window.