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How to Change My IP Address?

This is one of the most common questions. People want to change their public IP address for a variety of reasons. For example, most p2p sharing networks such as rapidshare impose download limits  and restrict downloads allowing only a limited number of downloads within a given period of time per IP. They require a certain passage of time to allow another download. Another reason would be bans by certain game servers, etc. on the basis of IP addresses. So, users of such sites want to change their IP address to circumvent such time restrictions, or to bypass bans.

If you have a static public (or WAN)  IP address, the only way to change your IP is to contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider), and submit a formal request for IP change. Therefore, what follows here applies only to changing  dynamic public (or WAN) IP addresses, or your private (LAN) IP addresses. If any of them does not work, you can ask our Q&A Board where other users can answer your questions.

A Practical Way to Change Your IP

Provided that your IP is a dynamic one, perhaps the most practical way is to switch off your modem/router for a couple of minutes (in most cases, just 10-20 seconds would be enough), and switch it on again. When you switch off your modem/router, your ISP returns it to its pool of available IP addresses, and may dynamically allocate it to another user. When you re-connect to Internet, your ISP allocates you an IP that is available in its pool of IP addresses at that moment. And since there are literally hundreds of thousands of IPs available in its pool, the chances of getting the same IP address when reconnecting is very low, say one out of  100,000. So, the chance of getting a different IP after switching off/on of your modem/router is very high. But if that does not change your IP address, repeat the process for longer periods of time. For example, switching off your cable/DSL modem overnight, and switching it on the next day may result in IP address change.

If this fails, you can try the following procedures to change your IP address:

How to Change IP Address in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Follow these steps to change your IP address in Windows 7 / Windows 8: To change your IP address automatically in Windows 7 and in Windows 8 follow these steps:

Finally, visit this where is my ip page to compare your new IP to the one you noted to see if it has changed or not.

How to Change IP Address in Windows Vista

To change your IP address in Windows Vista follow these steps:

Finally, visit where is my ip address page to compare your new IP to the one you noted to see if it has changed or not.

How to Change IP Address in Windows XP

To change your computers IP address in Windows XP:

Now, your IP address should be changed. Visit where is my ip page to compare your new IP to the one you noted to see if it has changed or not.

Network Method 2:

We have just explained Network Method 1 at the beginning of this page as the "practical" way to change ip address. To change your IP address through your network router, follow these steps:

  • Type in (this may be different) In your browser's address bar.
  • Enter your password. If you have not chosen a password, use the factory default password of "admin." No username is required.

  • Release the IP address. (Method varies by router manufacturer)
  • Go to status.
  • Click DHCP Release.
  • Under Setup in the grey bar go to Mac Address clone on the blue bar.
  • Click enable, then click clone pcs Mac address. Save settings.
  • Unplug the modem, but keep the router plugged in.
  • With the modem unplugged, go to status.
  • Click DHCP renew.
  • Plug in modem.
  • Wait a for a while (this may take from a few minutes to hours) and press refresh. Your IP address should be changed.

Visit where is ip page to compare your new IP to the one you noted to see if it has changed or not.

How to Change Your IP Address Through Proxy Settings:

Practically, using a proxy or changing your proxy settings does the same thing, effectively changing/hiding your IP. To see how to change/configure your proxy settings, please click here.


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