How to track and locate a computer by its IP address

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The IP address is a unique address that identifies every device connected to the Internet around the world. It is like a universal phone number that allows you to contact every device. It can be tracked to find its location. How can a computer be tracked and located by its IP address?

Any computer connected to the Internet has an IP number consisting of several digits, which is assigned by the service providers. This number constitutes an Internet Protocol (IP) and usually communicates information that is not specific to the geographic location of the device connected to the Internet.

Many times we observe on television, how through the IP address a person's address is found, usually incurring some illegal action.

And this makes it seem that tracking and locating a computer by its IP address is a very simple thing. But the reality is different.

This is due, among other things, to the fact that there are so many private and public IP addresses. The IP public are those generally accessible and associated with a modem or router. The IP private , on the other hand, they belong to a home network and cannot be accessed or shown to computers outside that network.

How to track and locate a computer by its IP address

As we have indicated, the IP address allows devices to connect to each other on the Internet. Websites can access an IP address and even track a person's location to find their location or equipment. But locating a computer through its IP in a geographically exact way is not so simple and immediate, it is practically impossible.

What some applications can do is indicate the approximate geographic area in which a computer is located, but not specify the exact address.

To achieve this, it is logically necessary know the IP of the device to be located, and for this it is necessary to perform the following procedure on a PC:

  • The first thing is to access the command prompt tool via the "Start"> "Run" menu.
  • When the "Find Files and Programs" dialog opens, type "cmd".
  • "Enter" will open the Command Prompt window.
  • Enter the expression «netstat —n» and you will get a list of IP addresses you connected to (Foreign address).
  • Select the IP you want to locate.
  • Go to a web page with the IP address tracking service.

Applications to locate a computer by its IP address

Later we will mention some of these applications dedicated to localization of IP addresses. There are a countless number of pages dedicated to offering you this information. You can even track or geolocate exactly a dynamic IP.

We remind you that the implementation of the processes indicated in such applications must be managed with integrity. Improper use of the information obtained can be severely sanctioned.

Geographic bytes

By filling out the form that the site shows you by entering the IP address you want to locate, you can know the geographical area where a particular device is located. Remember to delete your IP address, which is what you will find by default in the form.

What is my IP

This tool can not only provide the approximate geographic location, but also provides real-time information of the coordinates where the device is located. It is also possible to collect information about the device and the company in charge of providing the Internet.


Similarly to other websites, it will be necessary to indicate the IP address to be tracked in order to obtain the general location of the device. The difference of this application is that it will show you the its geolocation with a map.

IP2 Location

You can access the geographic location of multiple IPs at the same time and, if you wish, you can locate them represented on a map.

These are the pages dedicated to the localization of IP addresses. As you can see, they can only indicate the approximate geographical location of the tracked device. It is very important when carrying out this type of procedure to take into account existing privacy policies.

This procedure is generally used to find malicious hackers, criminals, and email owners. But you have to be careful that they don't turn against you.

Finally, for your safety, you can hide your IP address while browsing the Internet and avoid being tracked down by a person of bad origin. We hope this article will help you and that the information is for fair use.

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