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Oct 2013

Find my IPv6 address on Windows 8

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The following is a step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through the required steps to find your IPv6 address on a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 laptop or desktop PC.

Step 1: Open Network and Sharing Center

On the Windows 8 taskbar, you should see an icon that indicates the status of your Internet connection. By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. The taskbar shows information such as the date, time, and opened programs. The Internet connection status icon is located near the date and time. When you have found the connection status icon, right-click and choose Open Network and Sharing Center from the menu list.

Step 2: Open the Network Connections Window

Now you should have a window open for the Network and Sharing Center. This window is where users are able to view their basic network information and set-up network connections. There is a sidebar for this window located on the right. The sidebar contains navigation links related to the Network and Sharing Center. Find and click the link entitled “Change Adapter Settings”. Once you click this link, a new window will appear with icons for each of your Network Connections.

Step 3: View the Connection Status of your Internet Connection

The Network Connections window gives a graphical interface for each of the active and inactive network connections on your device. There is one icon for each Network Interface Card. For example, if you have both an Ethernet card and a wireless Internet card, you should see two icons – one for each. Some Windows 8 users may have other icons, indicating an additional virtual or physical networks available. However, you are only Interested in the adapter that allows you to connect to the Internet.

Find the icon that identifies your active Internet connection. Inactive connections are identified by a red “X”. If you are connected to the Internet using an Ethernet cable, choose the Ethernet adapter. If you are connected to the Internet via Wifi, choose the wireless adapter.

Once you’ve found the appropriate adapter, right-click on the icon. Select “Status” from the menu list. Now, the Ethernet Status or Wireless Status window should be visible.

Step 4: View the IPv6 Protocol Properties

The Status window shows information concerning your current Internet connection. There are two sections: “Connection” and “Activity”. The Connection section lists the details of your connection. The Activity section lists the number of bytes sent and received through this connection. In the Connections section, there should be a line that reads “IPv6 Connectivity”. If the details to the right of this read “No Internet Connectivity”, you are not connected to the Internet or your network adapter does not support or is not currently using IPv6.

Step 5: View the Network Connection Details

The Network Connection Details provides you with all of the IP address information for your network adapter. If your connection does not use IPv6, but your device supports IPv6, you will be able to see the “Link-Local IPv6 Address”. Next to that is your IPv6 address (for all practical purposes).

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