How to Change an IP Address: the Easiest Ways

In addition to requesting an IP change from the internet service provider, there are other simple ways to do it. It can be done through the command prompt, the control panel, the modem and the router.

How to Change IP Address through the Modem

This is the simplest way of changing one's IP address. It is done by simply unplugging the modem. It should be completely disconnected. Battery must be removed if the modem comes with one. For this to work, the modem must be left turned off for a few minutes.

A new IP address shall be automatically assigned by the ISP from available addresses. It usually works. Unfortunately, it is not guaranteed. Some ISP's may require unplugging the modem for a couple of hours or days before a different IP address is assigned to the user.

How to Change IP Address through the Command Prompt

Windows 10 users can access the command prompt by simply typing the words on the START screen. It will then appear on the search list. Windows 7 users can gain access by clicking on START, pointing to ALL PROGRAMS, selecting ACCESSORIES and command prompt. When the command prompt is up, the following steps must be performed.

  • Step 1: Type "ipconfig /release" and press enter.
  • Step 2: Type "ipconfig /renew" and press enter.

In some cases, turning off the computer and all internet connections such as Ethernet hubs, switches and cable or DSL modem may be necessary after performing the release. Turn everything back on and perform renew. Type “ipconfig” and press enter to find out the new IP address. It should be labelled as IPv4.

How to Change IP Address through the Control Panel

  • Step 1: Access CONTROL PANEL and select NETWORK AND INTERNET.
  • Step 2: Click on NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER.
  • Step 3: Choose CHANGE adapter settings found on the left side of the window.
  • Step 4: Right click on the network card and select PROPERTIES.
  • Step 5: The Networking tab appears. Choose either IPv4 or IPv6 and select PROPERTIES.
  • Step 6: Choose the option to obtain an IP address automatically. To complete the step, click on OK. At this point, you should have a new IP address.

How to Change the IP Address through the Router

It is also possible for a user to change his IP address by using the default IP of the router instead. To do this, the following steps must be performed.

  • Step 1: Access the router page by typing 192.168.1.1 on the internet browser.
  • Step 2: The page will require log in. Enter the Network ID and password.
  • Step 3: Once access is obtained, select STATUS and look for the option to Release IP Address.
  • Step 4: Another series of options shall appear. Go to SETUP and choose MAC address clone. Click save settings.
  • Step 5: Turn the modem off and unplug it. Remove the battery if it has one. Keep everything else on.
  • Step 6: On the router page, go back to STATUS. Select the option to Renew IP Address.
  • Step 7: Turn the modem back on. Wait for 5 minutes before clicking on REFRESH. At this point, the default IP address of the router shall be in use.

The options suggested above will only work if a user has direct access to the modem and router without limitations on system access. Otherwise, other methods of changing and hiding the IP address must be explored. The easiest method is to simply use a different network or a Wi-Fi connection. Such an option has certain risks as well. Aside from the options already mentioned, a user may also rely on proxies and VPNs.

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