|Also I am having trouble figuring out what the IP address of the machine I am connecting to is. For some reason it does not recognize the 'ipconfig' command when I type it in a console window.|
Ok, you can still check the IP another way. You should have a networking icon in the system tray (bottom right hand corner of your taskbar). Double click on it and a window opens up. Click on the "Support Tab" and you'll see your IP address there.
Compare that to the other PC's in your network. The only thing that should be different is the actual IP address. The Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS address(es) should all be identical.
If that's not the case, you have an issue and need to report back to us with whatever IP info you see.
When I go to a site like whatismyip.com, I get some strange IP address that I think is incorrect. maybe this is because I have Verizon FIOS
You're seeing your external IP address as provided to you by your ISP. Don't worry about this, it's unrelated to the internal IP of the PC having issues.
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