Check Your IP Address NZ

An IP Address – which stands for Internet Protocol Address – is your unique identification number that indicates your location on the internet. Every time a device is connected to the internet, it has an assigned IP address. This means that different devices have different IP addresses, even if they’re connected to the same network.

Frequently asked questions

Do I own my IP address?

Great, you know your IP address… but don’t get too attached to it yet! Your IP address now may not be your address later on. This is because your internet service provider is only leasing you your IP address. 

Whenever you use the internet, your provider lets you borrow an address so that your device can connect to the internet – whether wired or wireless. If you change your broadband provider, or alter the way you connect to the internet – such as changing your router or connecting to other networks – then your IP address will change.

How do I check my IP address?

You can check your IP address through an IP address checker. This will tell you where you’re physically located, which internet service provider you’re connected to, the type of connection, the hostname of your provider, and more. 

Aside from getting your IP address, you can also check the details of others’ IP addresses. Simply input an IP address, and it will show you the relevant details. Do note that the exact location isn’t 100% accurate for privacy and security reasons.

What is a dynamic IP address?

A dynamic IP address is an IP address that constantly changes. If you’ve purchased a broadband plan in New Zealand, this is usually what they give you. It can change daily, weekly, or even monthly, depending on the broadband provider.

Once your IP address changes, your ISP will randomly assign you a new number from their pool of addresses. Similarly, your old address will go back into this pool. If you want an IP address that doesn’t change, you can request it depending on your provider.

What is a static IP address?

A static IP address is an unchanging address, specifically designated to your device. This means that your internet provider won’t change your IP address – even if you change your router – as long as you remain connected to the same network.

This is particularly useful for companies who run an email server, create servers for web pages, and access confidential company files remotely. To get this, simply request it from your broadband provider before installation, so they can assign one for your device.

What is a MAC address?

A MAC address – which stands for Media Access Control Address – is the address designated to your network adapter upon manufacturing. While an IP address is linked to the software, a MAC address is linked to the hardware, such as a desktop or router. 

This is useful for diagnosing network problems such as connection issues and lags. Unlike an IP address, it doesn’t change, as it's embedded in the hardware. For a network administrator, this is a better way to recognise the senders and receivers of data in your network.

What is IP-based geolocation?

IP-based geolocation is where an IP address or a MAC address is used to locate the real-world physical location of a device connected to the internet. This involves collecting information such as the country, region, latitude and longitude, and other determining factors.

The accuracy of an IP-based geolocation is nearly 100%, that’s why most IP address checkers don’t give the precise results of your whereabouts. Devices with static IP addresses can be tracked easier, as their address remains constant no matter what happens.

Who can see my IP address?

If you’re anxious that your IP address can be used to pry your data, don’t be! As it’s your internet service provider who assigns it to your device, they’re most likely the only entity who can see your address.

If you’re connected to public wi-fi, you can always use advanced security options like browsing through a special browser or connecting through a VPN, for total anonymity and privacy.

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