How to change the IP of my PC
How to change the IP of my PC
This wikiHow will teach you how to change the local IP (Internet Protocol) address of your Windows computer. Doing this can help troubleshoot network and connection problems when switching to a new network or router. If changing the IP is not enough to solve the connection problem, you can also reboot your home network.
Using the command prompt
- 2Write command prompt. This will search for the "Command Prompt" application on the computer.
- 4Write ipconfig. This command will search for and display the computer's IP information.
- 5Press Intro. The command will be executed. After a few moments the information will appear in the "Command Prompt" window.
- 6Check the current IP address. To the right of the "IPv4 Address" header a number will appear (e.g. 123.456.7.8). This is the computer's current IP address and the last number represents the computer's location on the network.
- When you change the IP address of the computer, it is only possible to change the last number, and even then it may not change.
- 7Type the "release" command. Write ipconfig /release and press Intro. This will remove the IP address from the computer and disconnect it from the Internet.
- 8Wait a few minutes. In order to maximize the chances that the router will reorganize the devices connected to it, wait at least five minutes before renewing the IP address of the computer.
- Skip this step if you are in a hurry.
- 9Type the "renew" command. Write ipconfig /renew. After a few seconds the IP address will be restored along with the Internet connection.
- Do not be afraid in case the IP address is the same as before. This simply means that the best possible IP address for the computer is the one that was set before.
- You can exit the "Command Prompt" now.
Restarting the home network
- 2Unplug the power cord from the modem for at least 10 seconds. Experts recommend unplugging the modem (rather than pressing a button on the device) as the best method to turn it off.
- 3Unplug the router. In case you use a router with the modem, be sure to unplug it from the modem and the power supply at the wall.
- 4Leave everything unplugged for as long as possible. If you can leave the modem and router unplugged overnight, do so. Otherwise, wait about two hours whenever possible.
- This process is known as power-cycling and is very common for troubleshooting network problems.
- 5Plug the modem and router back in. It may take several minutes for the router and modem to reconnect to the Internet, so be patient.
- 7Connect to a network. You may need to use the default password and network name of the router or modem which can be found on the bottom or back of the router or modem. Once you connect, a new local IP address will be assigned to the computer.
- These methods will only change the local IP address of the computer. The rest of the world cannot see it as it is assigned by the router or gateway. Changing the address that the outside world sees requires specific configuration by your service provider or ISP. If you try to access a blocked website, you will need to use a VPN or proxy server.
- Some ISPs assign static IP addresses based on your MAC address. If you want to change a static IP address you will need to contact your ISP.