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How do I change my IP in windows vista?


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Hello everybody. I would like to know how to change my IP adress. I have a main computer downstairs that is connected to the internet and modem/wireless router and my laptop upstairs i frequently use. So if you could give me a step by step on the easiest way to change my IP, that'd be great.

thanks alot
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Go to the Control Panel from the Start menu.

Click "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center."

Click "Manage network connections."

Choose which Internet connection you would like to change if you have more than one. Right click on it and select "Properties."

Click the "Networking" tab.

Choose either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).

Click "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" to reset your IP address automatically, then click OK.

Click "Use the following IP Address" to enter your own IP settings.

Enter your IP address into the boxes marked "IP Address," "Subnet Mask" (or "Subnet prefix length for IP/TCPv6) and "Default gateway."

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Thanks.

I do this on my main computer, right? (With my modem/wireless router connected to)
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You have a dynamic, or static IP address.
The static IP address will not change.
The dynamic IP address is provided by your Internet connection service provider, and they will change it ether
  • Every time you connect to the Internet,
  • Or every couple of days,
  • Or once a week,
  • ETc...
You can not change your address, renewing your IP address will not change the address...
Why are you wanting to change your address? your Internet activity can still be traced back to you even if you move to another state.
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- What is a static IP address/dynamic IP address? A static IP address is a number (in the form of a dotted quad) that is assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses to locate and talk to each other on the Internet, much the same way people use phone numbers to locate and talk to one another on the telephone. When you want to visit whatis.com, your computer asks a domain name system (DNS) server (think telephone information operator) for the correct dotted quad number (think phone number) for whatis.com and your computer uses the answer it receives to connect to the whatis.com server.
It would be simple if every computer that connects to the Internet could have its own static IP number, but when the Internet was first conceived, the architects didn't foresee the need for an unlimited number of IP addresses. Consequently, there are not enough IP numbers to go around. To get around that problem, many Internet service providers limit the number of static IP addresses they allocate, and economize on the remaining number of IP addresses they possess by temporarily assigning an IP address to a requesting Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) computer from a pool of IP addresses. The temporary IP address is called a dynamic IP address.
Requesting DHCP computers receive a dynamic IP address (think temporary phone number) for the duration of that Internet session or for some other specified amount of time. Once the user disconnects from the Internet, their dynamic IP address goes back into the IP address pool so it can be assigned to another user. Even if the user reconnects immediately, odds are they will not be assigned the same IP address from the pool. To keep our telephone telephone analogy going, using a dynamic IP address is similar to using a pay phone. Unless there is a reason to receive a call, the user does not care what number he or she is calling from.
There are times, however, when users who connect to the Internet using dynamic IP wish to allow other computers to locate them. Perhaps they want to use CU-SeeMe or use a VoIP application to make long distance phone calls using their IP connection. In that case, they would need a static IP address. The user has two choices; they can contact their ISP and request a static IP address, or they can use a dynamic DNS service. Either choice will probably involve an additional monthly fee.
Using a dynamic DNS service works as if there was an old-fashioned telephone message service at your computer's disposal. When a user registers with a DNS service and connects to the Internet with a dynamic IP address, the user's computer contacts the DNS service and lets them know what IP address it has been assigned from the pool; the service works with the DNS server to forward the correct address to the requesting DHCP computer. (Think of calling the message service and saying "Hi. I can be reached at 435.44.32.111 right now. Please tell anyone who tries to reach me to call that number.) Using a dynamic DNS service to arrange for computers to find you even though you are using a dynamic IP address is the next-best thing to having a static IP.
IPv6, which has also been called "IPng" (IP Next Generation), lengthens IP addresses from 32 bits to 128 bits and increasesthe number of available IP addressess significantly, making static IP addresses easier and less expensive to obtain and maintain.
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You have a dynamic, or static IP address.
The static IP address will not change.
The dynamic IP address is provided by your Internet connection service provider, and they will change it ether

  • Every time you connect to the Internet,
  • Or every couple of days,
  • Or once a week,
  • ETc...
You can not change your address, renewing your IP address will not change the address...
Why are you wanting to change your address? your Internet activity can still be traced back to you even if you move to another state.


i think i have static. so there is no way i can change it?

edit: what do i have to do the change it to dynamic? call up my provider? do i have to pay any money?

thanks

Edited by fix23, 19 October 2008 - 10:13 PM.

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Call your provider,
But there will always be a record of your using that IP address.
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Thanks.

not sure if you can help me here, but ill ask anyway.

do you know if it takes a long process to change and have to do all these commands and stuff? or is it a one click type thing where i call and they change it and its done?
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Everything is on the Internet service providers end.
Why do you want to do this?
You can not change the MAC I.D. of your computer so any one can still track you.
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You cannot change your ip-address manually..You need to contact the service provider,service provider only gives you a ip-address.You can use proxy servers,VPN to change ip-address ..Proxy servers,software hide the original ip-address and shows a fake ip address.You can check ip-address at Ip-Details.com it shows your isp ip address.Static ip address will not change.But you using Dynamic ip address ,it will change whenever you reset the modem or switch off and switch on the modem.
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