Re: ip address newbie help

John Ingham (
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 18:57:32 +0930

>At 10:48 AM -0500 2/17/97, Michael Kankiewicz wrote:
>>Hi all. I know that you need to know your ip address for someone to
>>connect. However, my understandind is that when you dial in to your
>>provider, a temporary ip address is "assigned". If this is true, how can
>>you know in advance what your ip address is? Thanks,
>> Michael
>On the Macintosh, if you're running Open Transport (which you should!),
>there's many ways. Try the program MacTCP Watcher (

There's an even easier low-tech way to find out your IP when you launch
CU-SeeMe. Just make your first connection to "Self" (which is the first
item in the "Call" or "Connect" menu item). Check the bottom right-hand
button (the one with a ?) under your receive video window when it opens -
your IP is shown there. Or, as you Hang Up from yourself, your IP number
is shown in the menu item "Hang Up ##.##.##.##"(IP).

But the REAL problem is knowing your friends' IPs (and vice versa). There
are a number of work-arounds here...
* Run a mailer client (like Eudora) in the back-ground and have it check
for mail every minute or so. That way you can advise/be advised of your
friends IP numbers.
* There are little utilities available to upload to your Web page
information like your current IP so your friends can contact you.
* Or you can use a Phone client like PowWow or I-Phone to make initial
contact based on a nickname or even your e-mail address.
* And there are now little utilities which can be run in the background
which automatically advise on-line services such as "Four11" which act as a
central searchable registry through which your friends can find your
current IP number. Point your Web Browser at for
details of how it works.

John Ingham
Supervisor, Technical Operations, TLC (Tele-Learning Consortium)
Adelaide Institute of TAFE (Training and Further Education)
GPO Box 1872 Adelaide South Australia 5001
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