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How do I find my ACTUAL IP address?

I've tried several methods, most obvious:  "ipconfig /all"  and "netstat" from command prompt.  The address I am getting is the "pass-through" address (for lack of a real term) that is useless to me.  I think my question is similar to:  

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20864002.html?query=how+to+find+my+ip+address%3F&topics=122

        but I don't fully understand that.  

Here's the basis of what I'm trying to do.  I have some friends that I could benefit from and they could benefit from me using Remote Desktop to fix simple pc issues.  (ie: mom) so I need to find our IP addresses.  But i need a halfway simple method since some will be less pc savy than even me, geesh!  ;-)

ps- the reason this is filed under cable modems is that it looks as though this may be the issue after reading what i could find on here already.  FYI: I am using cable modem, home network.  others are using cable modem only, or VoIP with cable modem and home network.  

thanks for your help.  
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
ruster34,

Many sites will report this for you.  One I can recommend is http://www.dnsstuff.com/.  Your IP is displayed in the top, right of the page.

b0lsc0tt
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
That will be your public ip address and the one your friends would need to use from the Internet or the one they would see.  If you want other sites that will provide this information you can search Google and use the terms "what is my ip" (quotes aren't needed).  Of course your friends still may have a problem accessing your computer if you use a router, firewall, etc or if your ISP is using a similar device.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.
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ruster34Author Commented:
perfect!  that is exactly what i was looking for.  here's something for you though,  is that all that i will need to get on using remote desktop?
in other words, there's a spot for user name, password, domain.  Do I need those, or are they options?
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
You will need to provide whatever is necessary.  If the computer you will access is not part of a domain then you can leave that blank.  This page (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx) on MS's site has some good instructions on setting up and connecting using Remote Desktop.

If you need the "client" software to use to connect to the remote desktop then you can probably download it here (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdclientdl.mspx).

If you use ANY firewall software you will want to take steps to set it up to allow the connection.  The instructions provide steps to do this in Window's Firewall.  If you use a different program then you will need to adapt the steps and maybe refer to that program's instructions.

I'm glad that I could help.  Thank you for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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ruster34Author Commented:
thanks for the help.  you one of the many reasons that this site is so fantastic!  Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks again.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Your welcome!  The site would be boring without you guys. :-)  My day is almost done and I hope you enjoy yours too.
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