Trying to get to REMOTE_ADDR

How does one go about finding the remote address of an HTTP request in Rails? I've got a fairly vanilla Rails application with the following code:

class GuestController < ApplicationController

    @remote_ip = request.env["REMOTE_ADDR"]

... end

The GuestController was created using the "generate controller" command and hasn't been significantly modified.

When I try to run this (display a page), I get the error:

undefined local variable or method `request' for GuestController:Class

I assume that this is a scoping issues. According to the docs it looks like request.env is implemented in ApplicationController's parent ActionController. Why doesn't this method call go up the inheritance chain? Seems like I'm missing something basic here.