How to change your IP address

The IP (Internet Protocol) address helps to identify the terminal that one is using when surfing the internet while at the same time enabling one to trace their online activities. The IP addresses are controlled by Internet Service Providers (ISP). Changing IP address is not easy especially if doing it promptly as it requires a long process. But some ISP assign static IP addresses which when you need to change you need to contact the ISP to offer the technical support to get a new one. Different computer applications need different procedures for changing the IP address

Through command prompt

This command-based interface that is the back-end of computer’s OS. When using the command prompt to change the IP address, there are two options that one can use.

IP address How to change your IP address

Option 1

Steps:

  1. Switch on the computer
  2. Click on the Start button then Run
  3. A small dialogue box appears on the screen where you are supposed to type cmd. This automatically pulls up the command prompt
  4. Type ipconfig/release then Enter
  5. Type ipconfig/renew then press Enter
  6. Type exit, to leave prompt   and return to the desktop

When the ipconfig/renew is typed, the modem generates a new IP address.

Option 2

Steps:

  1. Switch on the computer.
  2. Go to Start then Run then type cmd.
  3. Type ipconfig/release on the small box appearing on the screen.
  4. Shut down the computer.
  5. Then turn the computer off.
  6. Turn off the switches and hubs.
  7. Turn off the DSL modem and cable.
  8. Leave the computer in that condition overnight.
  9. Turn on the hubs, cables and computer.

Through the local area network (LAN)

Steps:

  1. Switch on the computer.
  2. Click the Start button from the desktop.
  3. Go to the Control Panel option and click on it to open up the control panel screen.
  4. Right click on Network and Internet Connections. This will bring a small window.
  5. Then click on Properties.
  6. Click on box that’s beside Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) then on Properties.
  7. A space appears where you are supposed to input the IP address. Alternatively, you can set it automatically where you will receive a new IP address from the modem or router

In order to gain the IP address, you can make a request from the internet service provider.

For Windows Vista

The procedure for changing the IP address in Windows Vista is similar to that used in Windows XP. But the Windows Vista application uses different names which may at times confuse users.

Steps :

  1. Switch on the computer.
  2. Click on the Start button then go to control panel.
  3. Choose the Network and Internet which will automatically pop up a new screen.
  4. Then select Network and Sharing Centre.
  5. Select the Manage Network Connections.
  6. Right click on the Internet Connections then choose Properties.
  7. From the Properties screen click the Network tab.

You can now input the new IP address or alternatively, you can automatically receive it from your router or modem.


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