How Do I Change My IP Address?

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How to change my IP address? The Internet Protocol (IP) address of a computer on a network is the unique address (at that point in time) that a computer is identified by in a network. It is also the layer that sits atop the TCP/IP layer so that packets can be sent along to this address.

There are two types of IP addresses:-

  • Static IP: This IP address is assigned by the network solely for a computer and does not change every time the computer is connected to the network. This is to ensure same settings are applied in a Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) or even a Personal Area Network (PAN). These settings remain intact and thus ensure that the computer gets access to all the data it needs very fast. This type of IP address allocation is used by expensive broadband customers, or by express desire.
  • Dynamic IP: This IP address is allocated by the network router by using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). This protocol dynamically allocates an IP address to the computer when it connects to the network, from a pool of IP addresses. This kind of allocation is used in most broadband services as this reduces costs for the Internet Service Providers (ISP’s). Thus the IP address of the computer changes every time it connects to the host servers.

To change the IP address of a computer, it is necessary to know what kind of IP address the computer is assigned to and which IP address indeed that computer should change. To change the LAN IP address, one must know what the LAN connection’s name is, as well as the original router settings etc.

Change IP Address

The steps to be followed for Windows XP are:-

  • Open Control Panel from the Start Menu. On Microsoft Windows systems, this is the place where all the settings of the computer reside and many changes can be made here.
  • Click on Network Connections – the place for all internet connections’ settings to reside and new connections can be made and existing connections can be edited or deleted.
  • Double Click on the LAN connection. One must know the LAN connection’s name. Contact the system administrator for detail.
  • A Menu will pop up with a lot of options. Click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) option and click on Properties.
  • Write down these settings somewhere and then change the IP address of the system.

This guest article was written by Amit Bhawani (amitbhawani.com) who writes a Tech Blog. You can also write a guest article and share your tips and tools.

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17 comments on “How Do I Change My IP Address?

  1. Anurag Bhateja says:

    Interesting post mate. Normally I just restart modem to get another dynamic IP. But will surely give this one a try too!

  2. SATISH says:

    In my LAN settings, it is set to: Obtain an IP address automatically! and Obtain DNS address automatically!

    How to change the IP address now? Should I just select the Use the following IP/DNS address and enter something?

    • sivakumar says:

      dear sir,
      you can click on ” Use the following IP address” there you can assign a new IP address and same DNS address.

      thx

      sivakumar

  3. Quakeboy says:

    The explanation of Static IP is not explained well, or actually wrong. Static IP is not the same across WAN, LAN etc.. In broadband providers context, a Internet (WAN) IP will help you stay in the same unique address each time u connect to internet.

    @Anuraj Bhateja – you are right, you have to do that only to change ip address in internet. I guess you do that for downloading from rapidshare ;)

    Changing the LAN IP is not related to internet IPs. You can have any IP in ur LAN, but not on Internet. Though if your ip address is not the in the same Subnet(Sorry for the jargon ;) google to learn more) as the broadband modem you wont be able to access internet.

  4. Quakeboy says:

    A small correction in my previous comment

    [..In broadband providers context, a (Static) Internet (WAN) IP will help you stay in the..]

  5. Mayur says:

    Easiest way to change IP is to restart the modem, provided you have a dynamic IP.

  6. change ip says:

    From this blog I got an idea of changing ip address.

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  8. JMember says:

    @SATISH: There are some ISP that give you more than one “static” IP, so go to command prompt and type ipconfig -all, then jot down the data, set your config in Network connections from automatic to “Use the following IP adress”, and change the last digit of the ip adress. The other data, put it as ipconfig -all states.

  9. Chrispcritters says:

    Unfortunately the methods here will not work for most residential cable/DSL customers using a router. You’ll need to try powering the router down for a least 8 hours. See http://whatismyipaddress.com for additional proven methods.

  10. Rahul says:

    now, i will try to change ip.

  11. UpadeshS says:

    I’m getting error message. It says “TCP/IP CP reported error 735: The requested address was rejected by the server”
    How can i change my IP?

  12. Ed Teamis says:

    this doesn’t seem to work for me. There isn’t a internet connections button in my control panel…

  13. rajendran says:

    how to change static ip address bandwith

  14. Ruben Sebranek says:

    Excellent site, where did you come up with the knowledge in this summary? Im glad I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

  15. JavaGenious says:

    Thank you for sharing informaion on “How Do I Change My IP Address”…

  16. router ip address says:

    Nice article, but that won’t appear to make use of my router ip address, any hints?

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