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Old 01-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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LXer: Get your private and public IP from the Linux terminal

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Both for a real server, VPS or just your desktop is useful to know which IP address your Linux system is using , this can be easily seen with some command if you are directly connected to Internet via a modem or a public IP of your company, but sometimes you are behind a router, a device that forwards data packets between computer networks, creating an overlay internetwork. A router is connected to two or more data lines from different networks, and at home itís used to ďshareĒ your ADSL that usually has 1 public IP among all your devices, that will get each a private IP. For example at my home Iíve an ADSL Wi-Fi router that I use to get Wi-Fi connection to my 3 PC, 1 smartphone and 1 tablet (android), a printer and my kindle, every device has a private IP , itís called private because itís not visible on the public network that can only ďseeĒ the IP of my Wi-Fi router, but now letís see how to check your IP on your Linux computers.



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