How to find the IP Address from within the CROSH of Chrome OS

In this video we take a quick look at an alternative way to find out what IP address a Chromebook is using. However, as this command also contains a lot of useful information about the network connection a Chromebook has. This command can be very useful to network managers when trying to determine why a Chromebook is not connecting to a network or the internet.

Notes: While similar to the Command Prompt in Windows or the Terminal in macOS. The Crosh (Chromium OS shell) is the command line interface for Chrome OS. However, as the Crosh has been locked down by Google, it is not as powerful as the Shells in other operating systems. This means that the Crosh is mostly used if you need to troubleshoot a Chromebook. 

Quick reference notes:

  • From the ChromeOS desktop, press and hold down the Control and Alt keys, and then press on the keyboard.
  • When a terminal window opens type:
network_diag --dhcp 
  • When we press Enter on our keyboard, we will be presented with basic information about a Chromebooks network connection.  
  • To close the Crosh simply type 

Notes: Please note that the version of the operating system seen in this video is Chrome OS 74. The way that Chrome OS is displayed in this video may have change due to future updates.

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