How To Change Your IP Address On Windows 10 (& Why You’d Want To)
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When you connect to a local network, the device you’re using is given an IP address, allowing other devices to find and communicate with it, as well as signifying that the device itself has correctly authenticated. The larger the network, the more IP addresses that will be in use, which can cause some allocation issues.
In most cases, IP address allocation is determined by your local router, so to change your IP address on a Windows 10 PC, you’ll need to configure your network as a whole. Alternatively, you may want to set a static IP address , or change your public IP address for all your devices. To change your IP, here’s what you’ll need to do.
Why Change Your IP Address On Windows?
There are a couple of reasons why you might want to change your IP address.
Typically, a local network router will allocate a temporary IP address to your device when you connect using DHCP (the protocol used to assign IP addresses), giving it a temporary lease to that address. When the lease runs out, it will need to be renewed, otherwise you could be allocated a new address.
While this usually happens automatically, problems can sometimes occur. A poorly configured or busy local network, along with misconfigured devices, might result in the same IP address being allocated twice, causing conflicts.
If this happens, you may wish to set a static IP address, giving your device a permanent address. You’ll want to do this for devices that are regularly accessed by other devices, such as home servers or network attached storage devices .
These all apply for local networks, but you may want to change the IP address given to you by your internet service provider. This can be trickier to do, but there are a few ways to change this address if your ISP allows it.
Configuring Your Network Router DHCP Settings
One of the easiest ways to change your IP address is to configure your network router to assign a new IP address. To do this, you should configure the DHCP settings on your router to assign IP addresses differently.
You could, for instance, set a static allocation for your Windows PC. When your device connects, your router will always assign the same IP address to it by using your device’s MAC address to identify it.
If you don’t want to do this, you could also change the IP range used by your local router. This means that your local IP address may still change from time to time, but the range of addresses will be different. Your IP address may change from 192.168.0.10 to 192.168.10.10 , for instance.
To do this, you’ll need to access your router’s administration page. This will vary by device, but typically, many local routers can be accessed by typing http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1 from your web browser. Consult your user manual for the correct username and password to use here.
The steps to change your DHCP settings will also vary, but you’ll typically find DHCP settings listed under its own section (eg. DHCP ), while fixed IP allocations can be found under address allocation or similar.
Releasing DHCP Lease and Resetting Your Dynamic IP
Any changes you make to your router’s DHCP settings may require you to release or renew your Windows IP address using the Windows PowerShell.
- To do this from the Windows PowerShell, right-click the Start menu and click the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option.
- In the PowerShell terminal window, type ipconfig /release to release your DHCP lease and disconnect. With your new settings in place, type ipconfig /renew to reconnect.
If your router settings have been correctly changed, releasing your DHCP lease and resetting your IP will result in a new IP address being allocated to your device.
Setting a Static IP Address On Windows 10
A static IP address can be achieved through a fixed DHCP allocation, but you can also set this manually in your Windows 10 settings. You may want to do this if you’re making a direct connection to another device.
This may also work with your local router, but as your device is already being assigned an IP using DHCP, an IP conflict may occur. In this case, it’s better to use a fixed IP allocation to do this instead.
- To set a static IP address, open your network settings by right-clicking the Start menu and clicking the Network Connections option.
- In the Network Connections settings menu, press the Change connection properties option.
- Under the IP Settings category, press the Edit option.
- Change the IP allocation type to Manual . Enable either IPv4 or IPv6 , then type the static IP settings you wish to apply. An example configuration for an static IPv4 IP address would include 192.168.0.10 for IP address, 24 for subnet prefix length, and 192.168.0.1 for gateway (referring to your local router) and preferred DNS server. Click Save once you’re done.
Once saved, your IP address settings will be applied automatically. You may need to release your existing IP using the steps above or restart your PC for the changes to take effect fully.
Change Your Public IP Address On Windows 10
Your public IP address is the address assigned by your internet service provider, giving you access to the internet. This is assigned to your modem (which is usually combined with your network router, but not always), allowing all other connected network devices to the internet, too.
Changing this address can sometimes be difficult. You’ll need to check if you’re assigned a dynamic (temporary) or static IP address by your ISP first. If you’re assigned a static public IP, your ISP will need to change this for you.
For dynamic IP addresses, you can usually reset this by switching your network modem off for a period of time. By doing this, you’re disconnecting your device from your ISP.
As with your local network, your public IP lease will eventually run out, meaning you may be allocated a new IP address at this point. However, this isn’t guaranteed to work, and you may need to try another method.
If your public IP address won’t change, there are other methods you could try. Using a virtual private network , will hide your public IP as you browse online, for instance.
Configuring Your Network On Windows 10
Whether you’re configuring a server for your network (or for wider internet users), or you just want to free up allocations for other devices, it’s an easy process to change your IP address on Windows 10, although much of the work relies on being able to access your router to properly configure your network.
If your network configuration is causing problems, you may wish to reset your network router to wipe the slate clean and start again. IP allocation issues might be why you’re struggling with network connection issues, but thankfully, there are several ways to fix unidentified network problems on Windows 10.
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How to change your IP address
Want to change your IP address? It's easy — here's how to do it
How to change your IP address is a task you should know how to do, especially if you’re concerned about privacy and security. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to make that change.
But why change your IP address in the first place? One reason is that when browsing the internet at home, all of your traffic is tied back to your IP address. This makes it possible for your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to monitor you. Using the IP address your ISP provides also makes it easy for said provider to build a profile of your activity and enable targeted advertising.
Changing your IP address to one that’s based in another country also gives you access to that country’s streaming content, while changing your IP address via a gaming proxy server can also help you improve your performance.
With that said, this is how to change your IP address whether you're using a computer that runs Windows 11 or macOS .
How to change your IP address the easy way
The simplest way to change your IP address is to unplug your modem. Keep in mind that this may not work on the first try. It’s even possible that you’ll need to leave your router unplugged overnight.
1. Check your IP address . Our guide on how to find your IP address details the steps.
2. Unplug your router for five minutes . This may take longer, depending on your ISP.
3. Plug your router back in and check to see if your IP has changed . If not, repeat the steps .
How to change your IP address with a VPN
Changing your IP address with one of the best VPN services is one of the easiest ways to stop your ISP monitoring your internet activity, and changing to an address that’s based in another country can also give you access to that country’s streaming content. Thankfully, almost all providers make it a relatively straightforward task.
If you’re signed up to one of the many quality consumer VPN providers on the market, it couldn’t be simpler to change your IP address using a VPN . If you’re not, we recommend ExpressVPN — Tom's Guide readers can currently claim three months free on a 12-month plan .
1. Open up your VPN application . If this is the first time you’ve used it, accept any requirements it asks for on your device.
2. Select which server you want to connect to . If you’re just looking for privacy, choose one in your home country . If you want to access content from another country, pick one in your desired location .
3. Press the connect button — it should be easy to find.
4. Wait a few seconds for the VPN to connect. You'll now be using a new IP address.
How to automatically update your IP address: Windows
1. Press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run box.
2. Type "cmd" in the search bar then hit Enter to open the command prompt box.
3. Type "ipconfig /release" . Be sure to include the space between "ipconfig" and "/release". Hit Enter . A wall of text will flood the screen.
4. Type "ipconfig /renew" and hit Enter . Close the command prompt window afterward.
How to automatically update your IP address: macOS
1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Click System Preferences .
2. Select Network .
3. Click Advanced .
4. Click TCP/IP on the following screen then click Renew DHCP Lease .
How to manually change your IP address: Windows
If you have an IP address you want to use, this is how you can manually set it on Windows.
1. Press the Start icon in the taskbar. Alternatively, click on the search icon .
2. Type "settings" .
3. Click Network & Internet in the following box.
4. Select your network (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet).
5. Find IP assignment and click Edit .
6. Click on the drop-down menu and select Manual .
7. Toggle IPv4 on .
8. On the following screen, set your IP address , along with Subnet mask, Gateway and Preferred DNS. You can also select Alternate DNS . Click save .
How to manually change your IP address: macOS
If you have an IP address you want to use, this is how you can manually set it on macOS.
1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the desktop and select System Preferences . On the System Preferences window that appears, click Network .
2. Click your current network and select Advanced .
3. Click the TCP/IP tab . Choose Manually from Configure IPv4.
4. Type a new IP Address . Click OK and then Apply .
Now you know how to change IP address, why not check out our other computing guides, including how to open HEIC files on Windows , how to use task scheduler on Windows , how to turn off automatic updates on Windows 10 , how to split your screen on Mac and how to recover data from a hard drive .
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How to Change Your IP Address
If you need to spoof your IP address, there are a few ways to do it
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- Windows: Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings and follow the instructions below.
- Mac: System Preferences > Network . Select a network > Advanced . Go to the TCP/IP tab and select Manually . Enter info.
- iOS: Open Settings > Wi-Fi , tap the circled i next to the network, select Configure IP > Manual . Set up the new IP.
This article explains how to change your IP address manually by switching from the router's assigned DHCP address to a static one on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It also covers how to change your router's public IP address, which appears as the public IP address of every device on the network unless you use a VPN.
You can also get a new IP by releasing and renewing your IP .
Change a Windows Computer's IP Address
If your Windows computer has the IP address set up as a static one, change the IP address as follows:
Open Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center . If you don't see it, first select Network and Internet .
Choose Change adapter settings .
Double-click the connection that you want to change the IP address on. For example, to change the wireless adapter's IP address, double-click the one that mentions Wi-Fi.
Select Properties .
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) .
Either alter the IP address or select Obtain an IP address automatically to have the router control the IP address.
If you leave the setting to obtain an IP address automatically, the router automatically assigns an IP address to the computer. However, when you enter the IP address information, the computer's IP address stays static.
Leave Obtain DNS server address automatically selected. Otherwise, your DNS server settings remain empty, which may cause other connection issues.
Change a Mac Computer's IP Address
Here's how to change the IP address on a Mac.
Open the System Preferences app on the Mac and select Network .
Select your Wi-Fi network in the left panel and click Advanced .
Select the TCP/IP tab.
Select Manually in the drop-down menu next to Configure IPv6 (or iPv4) and enter the information for the new IP.
Change a Phone's IP Address on iPhone
You can also change the IP address on a mobile device such as the Apple iPhone as follows:
Open the Settings app and select Wi-Fi .
Tap the small ( i ) next to the network and select Configure IP .
Choose Manual . Enter the network details manually, such as your IP address and DNS information.
The choice of a specific local IP address does not affect the network performance in any meaningful way.
Change a Phone's IP Address on Android
It's also possible to change an Android device's IP to a static IP on your network.
Android phones can vary depending on the manufacturer of the device. Some manufacturers alter the Android OS to meet their specifications, which means the steps you need to follow may differ slightly from those listed here. These steps should apply to most Android devices.
Go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi .
Tap the network that you want to change the IP address for.
Select Forget .
Tap the network from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.
Select Advanced options .
Choose Static .
Scroll down and fill out the IP address fields.
Enter the Wi-Fi password at the top of the screen.
Select Connect .
Change a Router's IP Address
To change the router's IP address, log in to the router as an administrator. From the control panel, change the IP address to whatever you like. However, this IP address is usually changed when there's a problem with it. The default IP address should suffice for most situations.
How to Change Your Public IP Address
An external public IP address is the address used to communicate with networks outside of your own, such as those on the internet. Use a VPN to mask or hide your real IP address. You can also use a web proxy to mask your public IP.
Why Change Your IP Address?
Some ISPs assign static IP addresses to their subscribers. Home users are commonly configured with a dynamic IP address . Either way, you may be able to contact your ISP to request a new static IP or a dynamic IP change. You can't change your external internet IP address on your own.
Some people change their public external IP address to avoid online bans or bypass country location restrictions that some sites impose on video content.
Changing the IP address of a client computer, phone, or router is useful when:
- An invalid address is accidentally configured, such as a static IP address in the wrong numeric range.
- A malfunctioning router provides bad addresses, such as an address used by another computer on the network.
- Installing a new router and reconfiguring a home network to use its default IP address range.
No. There are many reasons someone may want to change their IP address. However, if you're on a work setup or have a home network running, messing with IP addresses can sometimes cause headaches, so make sure you know what you're doing.
It's possible but not probable. If you're power-cycling your router , the address likely won't change. Still, if you reset your router to factory defaults, it's more likely the device will assign new addresses.
Yes, you can. However, you need third-party software. A VPN , or virtual private network, gives you unique IP addresses in places anywhere on earth.
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How to Change Your IP Address on Windows 10 (3 Methods)
We show you how to change your IP address in Windows 10 using the Settings app, Control Panel, and Command Prompt.
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- 2 How to Change your Windows 10 IP Address in Control Panel
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IP addresses are one of the primary ways services identify a user. Though your IP address may change automatically from time to time, if you've been assigned the wrong IP by your router or want something more static, you need to know how to change your IP address on Windows 10 manually.
What is an IP address?
An IP address is a series of numbers that identifies your device and therefore allows information to be sent between devices. Without IP addresses, computers on the internet and your local network would not be able to differentiate between different devices, routers, websites, etc.
However, IP addresses also come with some downsides. For starters, somebody may be able to use your IP address to get a general idea of your location. Services may also utilize your IP address to track you across the web.
Unfortunately, changing your IP address will with the methods outlined below will not disguise your location. As the IP address will still be connected to your ISP, it can still be traced to their nearest networking hub. It will also not help if you have been banned by a service – you're only changing the IP address on your local network, not the one the internet sees. For that kind of protection, you should consider using Tor or a VPN.
That said, if you do want to change IP address on Windows 10, you'll need to have access to your administrator account. If you do have access, you can learn how to change IP by following the steps below:
How to Change IP Address in Windows 10 via Settings
Unsurprisingly, the simplest way to change your IP address in Windows 10 is via the in-built settings app, but there are a few things you need to look out for when it comes to choosing your new IP:
Press the Start button, then click the settings cog, above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I .
If your IP address is currently set manually and you're running into issues, you can change the dropdown in “Edit network IP settings” to “Automatic (DHCP)” and press “Save” .
When you change your IP address, it's important to make sure the information you enter is correct. Before you start, it's useful to gather:
– Your current IP address – Your subnet mask – Your gateway (router IP)
If you don't know these details, you can run the ipconfig command in Command Prompt to obtain them.
Ideally, your new IP address should be of the same format as your old one. For example, if your current IP address is 10.0.0.1, you'll probably want to keep the 10.0.0.x format. Make sure you don't set your IP to the same as your gateway or other devices on your network.
Once you're done, press “Save” .
How to Change your Windows 10 IP Address in Control Panel
If you prefer the old-school way of doing things, the Control Panel may be better suited to you. In some ways, its interface is easier to navigate when it comes to IP editing. Here's how you can use it for that purpose:
Press Start and then type “Control Panel” . Click the top result.
At this point, you'll likely have to authenticate yourself as an administrator.
If your IP address is currently manually assigned and you're running into issues, you can tick “Obtain an IP address automatically” here instead and click “Save” .
Once you're done, press “OK” . You can leave the DNS fields blank, though it's worth noting that there are advantages to changing them.
How to Change IP in CMD (Command Prompt)
The command-line is often the fastest way to get things done, and this is no exception. You can change your IP in Command Prompt in under a minute if you need to. Here's how:
Press Start and type “Command Prompt” , then click “Run as administrator” on the right-hand side.
Before you change your IP, you need to know the name of your interface. This will likely be “Wi-Fi” if you're on a Wi-Fi network or “Ethernet” if you're on Ethernet.
You can check yours with netsh interface IP show config . While you're there, note down its default gateway and subnet mask.
If you set your manual IP previously, you can revert it to automatic assignment via DHCP with the following command:
Remember to replace “Wi-Fi” with whatever your interface is called.
If you'd rather set your IP address manually, you can instead use the following command:
Now that you know how to change your IP address on Windows 10, you may be interested in learning more about your network. Here's how you can change your network name or disable a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter .
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There are many reasons why a person would want to change his or her IP address. This tutorial will show you how to change the IP address of a wired or wireless computer, not the IP address of an internet connection. (To do this, you need to contact your service provider.) Read on to find out how to change your IP address on both a Windows and Mac computer.
Changing Your IP Address on Windows
- Press the Windows key and R to get to the Run dialog.
- Then press Command and Enter .
- Finally, type in "ipconfig /release" and press Enter .
- 7 Understand that a dialog box may pop up. A dialog box saying "Since this connection is currently active, some settings will not take effect until the next time you dial it" may pop up. This is normal. Click "ok."Image:Change Your IP Address Step 7.jpg
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How to change your IP address to troubleshoot your internet connection or protect your privacy
- You can change your local IP address from the network settings controls menu on a PC, Mac, or phone.
- Your public IP address can be changed by resetting your router or connecting to a VPN.
- You might need to change your IP address for technical or security reasons.
Your computer, like every device that connects to the internet, has an IP (Internet Protocol) address. It's a series of numbers interspersed with decimal points (for example, "18.104.22.168"), and acts like a home address that identifies where other devices can find your computer.
It's rare that you need to know your computer's IP address, but should you need it, it's easy to find (for details, see our articles on how to find the IP address for Windows or the IP address on a Mac) .
Here's everything to know about changing both your local and public IP addresses.
How to change your public IP address
No matter what kind of computer you have — Windows or Mac — it's pretty easy to change your public IP address.
Your public IP address is usually set by your internet service provider (ISP), and you can't choose it yourself. However, you can "coax" it to change in any of several different ways:
- Change your network or location : Your public IP address will change based on where and how you connect to the internet. If you have a phone with LTE, for example, turning off Wi-Fi so it uses that LTE signal will compel it to use a different IP address. You can also connect to a different Wi-Fi network.
- Reboot your internet modem : When you reboot the modem (turn it off, wait two to three minutes, then turn it back on) it'll refresh all the IP addresses on the network.
- Connect with a VPN : A VPN (Virtual Private Network) hides your public IP address, and connects you to a server in a different location with a different IP address. When you use a VPN, you don't get to choose the IP address directly, but you can usually choose what geographic region you want to appear to come from, which will determine what IP addresses the VPN software will use to identify you.
If all else fails, contact your ISP and ask them to change your IP address. They might not be able to do it, but there's no harm in asking.
How to change your local IP address in Windows
1. Click the Start button and then click "Settings."
2. Click "Network & Internet."
3. In the navigation pane on the left, click "Wi-Fi" and then click the name of your Wi-Fi network. If you're connected with an Ethernet cable, select "Ethernet."
4. On the details page for your Wi-Fi network, scroll down to the IP settings section and click "Edit." With Ethernet, click "Properties."
5. Finally, in the Edit IP settings dialog box, click "Automatic (DHCP)" and choose "Manual." Then turn on IPv4 by swiping the button to the right and enter the details of the new IP address. Click "Save."
How to change your local IP address on a Mac
1. In the Apple menu, click "System Preferences."
2. Click "Network."
3. In the pane on the left, select the network you're connected to, and then click "Advanced" at the bottom right of the window.
4. Click the "TCP/IP" tab at the top.
5. In the Configure using IPv4 section, click "Using DHCP" and then choose "Manually."
6. Finally, enter the details of the new IP address. Click "OK."
How to change the local IP address on a mobile device
Like any internet-connected device, your phone has its own IP address. If you have a compelling reason to, you can change your IP address for your phone as well.
For both iPhone and Android, you can customize the IP address from the Wi-Fi settings page. For step-by-step details on how to do this, see our articles " How to change the IP address on your iPhone " and " How to change the IP address on an Android phone ."
How do I change my IP address?
On the Internet, your IP address is similar to your physical address in real life. It uniquely identifies where you are so that information can be sent to you. Like your current location, your IP address can change in certain situations. To change your IP address, follow the instructions on this page.
Before reading any of the below information, you need to be aware of some network basics.
- Know the difference between a static IP address and a dynamic IP address . See each link for additional information about these terms.
- When on the Internet , it is up to your ISP (Internet service provider) to assign and give you your network address seen by the Internet. When on a LAN (local area network) or WAN (wide area network), the home or corporate router assigns the IP addresses.
- If you're planning on designating or using a static IP address, be aware of how IP address ranges are handled and be familiar with the netmask . See each of these links for additional information.
Changing your Internet IP address
Dial-up modem users.
When connecting to the Internet over a dial-up modem , your ISP assigns your computer a different IP address each time you connect. To change your IP address, try disconnecting and reconnecting. If you're assigned the same address, disconnect for a few minutes and reconnect.
Broadband service providers assign your computer or home network a static IP address. If you're connected to a broadband network and need to change your IP address, follow the steps below.
Disconnect power to the broadband modem
Getting a new IP address may be as simple as disconnecting the power to your broadband modem. Disconnect the power from the modem and leave it disconnected for a few minutes. If you have a network router connected to the modem, we also suggest disconnecting the power to the router to reset the IP.
Release the IP address assigned to the router
If disconnecting the power to the modem and router did not work, it may still be saved in your router configuration. Try releasing and renewing the IP address for the router. Steps on how to do this can vary depending on the router. However, it's often done through the Status or set up in the router setup.
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Leave it disconnected overnight
If the above suggestions don't work, disconnect the modem and router (if applicable) power and leave it disconnected overnight. Leaving it disconnected may indicate to the ISP that the IP is no longer in use and assign it to a different customer.
Contact the ISP
If none of the above suggestions help, your ISP may prevent a new IP address from being assigned unless it's abandoned for days. In this situation, it's usually easiest to contact the ISP to get the IP address changed.
Changing your home network IP address
To change or specify the IP address of your computer as it appears on your LAN (local area network), follow the steps below. Realize if you're connecting to the Internet with a broadband connection, adjusting your network settings may cause issues with your broadband connection. Finally, if your home network uses a router, it could be assigning your computer dynamic IP addresses, and specifying a static IP address may cause issues.
Windows Vista and later
- Open the Control Panel .
- Click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
- In the View your active networks section, click the Local Area Connection or Ethernet link, or click the Internet connection name next to Connections .
- On the Local Area Connection or Ethernet Status window, click the Properties button.
- In the Properties window, select the Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) or Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/ IPv4 ) connection and click the Properties button. The connection you select depends on the type of Internet protocol in use for your Internet or network connection.
- In the Internet Protocol Properties window, select the Use the following IP address option if not already selected. Specify the new IP address you want to use. Also, specify the subnet mask and default gateway .
Windows XP and earlier
- Right-click My Network Places or Network Neighborhood , and select Properties .
- Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties .
- Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button. If this is not present, you need to install the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol .
- In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window, select the Use the following IP address option if not already selected and specify the new IP address you want to use. Also, specify the subnet mask and default gateway .
Windows command prompt
You can change a computer's IP address through the command prompt by following the steps below.
- Open the Windows command prompt.
- Type netsh to start the netsh utility .
- To change the IP address, you need to specify not only the new IP address but also the subnet mask and default gateway. Use the command structure below.
In the above command structure, replace [connection name] with the name of the network connection that you want to set the new IP address. The most common network connection names are "Local Area Connection" or "Wi-Fi." Replace [IP address] with the new IP address you want to use, then replace [Subnet Mask] with the correct subnet mask address and [Default Gateway] with the correct default gateway address.
The above example command would change the IP address of the Local Area Connection network connection to 192.168.110.235. It would also set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0 and the Default Gateway to 192.168.0.1.
The below information is for how to specify and adjust your network settings through the command prompt. Changing your network settings require root access.
- Get to the shell .
- Move to the /etc/sysconfig/network directory.
- Edit the interfaces file and adjust your network settings in this file.
Can someone else change my IP address?
Someone who's outside your home network and cannot access your router can't change your IP address. Do not be concerned about your computer's security if your IP address has changed. It's more likely that it's normal behavior than an attack.
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How to Change Your IP Address — a Step-by-Step Guide
It sounds a bit cloak-and-dagger, but changing your IP address is not only legal, it's easy and can help strengthen your security online. Use our complete guide to learn how to change your IP address on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices — or get a VPN to change your IP automatically.
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How to change your IP address
There are four main ways to change your IP address. Depending on whether you want to boost online privacy or fix your router, the right option will help you get the most out of your device and new IP address.
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How to change your IP address automatically with a VPN
You can change your IP address easily with a VPN (virtual private network) , which will strengthen your security and help you avoid content blocks by connecting through servers based in specific countries, like US VPN servers .
Here’s how to change your IP address with a VPN:
Download and install a trusted VPN like Avast SecureLine VPN.
Open the application.
Toggle the switch to ON . You’ll connect to the best remote server in seconds.
It’s really that simple to set up a VPN . VPNs hide your location by making it appear like you’re from the selected server’s location. Plus, with a VPN, all your data is encrypted . There are many VPN options out there, but avoid completely free ones — they can contain ads and malware.
If you’re unsure if a VPN is right for you, here are some pros and cons:
Pros of a VPN
Stream from wherever
Avoid content restrictions and censorship
Dodge website tracking
Encrypt your connection
Cons of a VPN
Might slow down connection speed
No standard to gauge quality of service
Some businesses block VPN connections
Won’t stop cookies
If you’re already using a VPN but your connection is choppy, check if your VPN is working properly. And make sure to review the best server countries to connect to through a VPN .
Use a proxy server
A proxy server is similar to a VPN. Rather than connecting directly to a website, proxy servers, VPNs, and even the Tor browser function as intermediaries between you and the internet. But unlike a VPN and Tor, a proxy server will not encrypt your connection.
When you connect to a proxy, it will assign you a fake IP address — effectively changing your true IP address, without any of the extra hassle.
Reset your router
Are your devices not connecting to your router? Sometimes routers give out the wrong IP address — resetting your router may offer a quick fix.
Here’s how to change your IP address on your router:
Find your IP address and note it down. Our IP checker can help you with that.
Unplug your router for at least 5 minutes. It depends on how long your ISP usually takes to reset your IP address.
Plug your router back in and check your IP address again — it should be different after reconnecting.
Resetting your router basically tricks it into thinking your device is new, resulting in your router assigning it a fresh IP address. Also, along with changing your router's DNS settings , resetting your router can help prevent router hacking on your network.
Pros of resetting your router
A new IP address for your device
It’s free, easy, and pretty quick
Cons of resetting your router
Limited internet connection (or none) while it’s unplugged
Might not work immediately
Change your IP address manually
If you already have a new IP address that you want to use, you can manually change it. Rather than a more common dynamic IP , if you get an IP address that you can enter manually it’s most likely a static IP address . Depending on your device, there are a few ways to enter this type of IP address.
Here’s how to manually change your IP address on different devices:
How to change your IP address on Windows 11
Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet .
Click Ethernet or Wi-Fi . Select Manage and then click Edit next to IP assignment .
Under Edit network IP settings , select Automatic (DHCP) or Manual .
If you choose to manually configure your IP address, enable IPv4 and then enter the IP address settings in the IP address , Subnet mask , and Gateway boxes .
Click Save to activate your new settings.
How to change your IP address on Windows 10
Under your local area connection, click Properties .
Under IP assignment, click Edit .
Choose Manual , toggle on IPv4 , and enter the IP address . Then click Save.
How to change your IP address on Mac
Go to System Preferences and click Network .
In the left column, click your Network . Then click Advanced .
Select the TCP/ IP tab. Under Configure IPv4 , select Manually .
Enter your new IP address and click OK.
How to change your IP address on Android
In Android Settings , tap Connections , then Wi-Fi .
Tap Settings (the gear icon) next to your current network .
Tap IP settings and choose Static . Then add your new IP address and tap Save .
How to change your IP address on iOS
In the Settings of your iPhone or iPad, tap Wi-Fi , and choose your Network .
In the IPv4 section, tap Configure IP .
Choose Manual , and enter your new IP address.
Pros of changing your IP address manually
Relatively quick to change
Helpful for geolocation restrictions
More control over network connections
Cons of changing your IP address manually
Manually-defined IPs are usually static IP addresses, which can be tracked and hacked more easily
Manual user setup
Update your IP address automatically
Automatically updating your IP address is like hitting the refresh button. Use this method to automatically refresh your IP address, giving you a new IP to help you evade snoops, hackers, and other cybercriminals — without needing a VPN.
Here’s how to change your IP address on Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS automatically:
Update your IP address automatically on Windows
Press the Win + R keys at the same time.
In the Run dialog, type cmd . Click OK .
Type ipconfig /release (including spaces) and press Enter .
Type ipconfig /renew (including spaces) and press Enter . Close the Command Prompt.
Update your IP address automatically on Mac
Go to System Preferences , click Network .
Click the TCP/ IP tab. Then click Renew DHCP lease .
Update your IP address automatically on Android
In Android Settings , tap Connections , and select Wi-Fi .
Click Forget .
Reconnect to your Network and you should have a new IP address.
Update your IP address automatically on iOS
In iOS Settings , tap Wi-Fi , then choose your Network .
In the IPv4 address section, tap Configure IP , then select Automatic .
Pros of changing your IP address automatically
Usually updates to a dynamic IP address, which is more secure
Doesn’t require a VPN
Cons of changing your IP address automatically
Requires manual refresh
Won’t change your geolocation like a VPN does
What is an IP address?
An IP address is a string of numbers that identifies any device on a network. Computers use IP addresses to communicate with one another over the internet and other networks. IP addresses contain location information that help devices, routers, and websites identify themselves and send and receive information.
Why change your IP address?
Changing your IP address can help you evade hackers, snoops, and other forms of surveillance. Because you’re hiding who you are and where you’re located (essentially your online identity), you’ll have many privacy and security advantages. And there are other benefits too.
Here’s why you should change your IP address (jump down below to learn about the different types of IP addresses ):
Protect your online privacy: Changing your IP address will hide your geolocation, masking you from hackers , your ISP, and websites that use web tracking. Your IP address can also be used to spy on your private internet traffic — changing it will protect your online activity.
Avoid website bans: Some governments use IP addresses to restrict access to certain websites. Changing your IP address can help you hide from government censors, unblock restricted websites , and access a free and open internet.
Access regional content: Due to geo-blocking , you may have trouble streaming a game from your favorite sports team when abroad, or get blocked trying to watch a show available only in certain countries. By changing your IP address, you can get around content blocks by making websites think you’re coming from an approved region.
Troubleshoot internet issues: New routers often give the wrong IP address to devices. Manually changing your IP address can solve this problem. It can also help gamers experiencing laggy gameplay.
Remember, it’s totally legal to change your IP address. As long as you’re not doing anything criminal, you have nothing to worry about. People routinely change or hide their IP addresses for many reasons, and you can try it for yourself today with Avast SecureLine VPN .
Types of IP addresses
There are a few different types of IP addresses — all with their own unique functions. Although they’re all useful, different situations call for different IP addresses. Knowing the differences between them can help you make the right cybersecurity choices for your network.
Here are the different types of IP addresses:
Public IP address
A public IP address is assigned to your network router by your internet service provider (ISP). A public IP functions as the point of contact between your network and the public internet. Websites identify your network and connect to it through your public IP address.
A public IP address can be traced back to your ISP — they use it to monitor your location and activities. Websites also use your public IP address for web tracking . The simple Google query “What is my IP address?” will show you your device’s current IP address, but don’t be surprised if you see an IPv6 and an IPv4 address listed — IPv6 addresses are more common now.
Check out our guide to hiding your IP address to help protect your privacy.
Private IP address
A private IP address is assigned to your device by your network router. Each device on your network gets a unique private IP address — letting them all communicate over your network without connecting directly to the public internet. A private IP address is like a set of house keys, keeping intruders out of your device.
Learn more about the differences between public and private IP addresses .
Dynamic IP address
A dynamic IP address is designed for temporary use. Because there are a limited number of IP addresses available, a dynamic address is a way to recycle IP addresses. After a certain period of time, your ISP will take back the dynamic address and assign another one to your network from a pool of options.
Dynamic addresses are the most common type of IP address — they’re frequently used for consumer equipment. Although they change on their own, it’s helpful to know how to change your dynamic IP address for added protection.
Static IP address
A static IP address is fixed and doesn’t change. If your ISP assigned you a static IP, you’ll probably have it until your device dies or there’s a change in your network architecture. Generally, a static IP address is best for a business or an organization with servers.
Read more about the differences between static and dynamic IP addresses .
Whatever your IP address is, get proper privacy online
Changing your IP address seems like a secret spy technique — but it’s easy and completely legal. But simply changing your IP address is not enough to ensure robust privacy and security. For true online protection, use a VPN — like Avast SecureLine VPN .
Avast SecureLine VPN offers full encryption so you can hide your online activity from your ISP, your employer, hackers, and anyone else trying to uncover your online activity. Plus, you can safely use public Wi-Fi and access your favorite content anywhere in the world. You don’t need to be a spy to get world-class online privacy.
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How to Change IP Address on Windows 10 [Step-by-Step Guide]
Sometimes, we have to change IP address out of many reasons. How to change IP address on Windows 10? If you are also searching for the answer, you can follow this Windows 10 guide provided by MiniTool to change IP address.
Before You Do
How to change your IP address? In order to change IP address Windows 10 smoothly, it’s required to log in to Windows 10 using an administrator account. Besides, you need to find the IP address of your router and computer. To do so, follow the steps below.
Step 1. Press the Win + I keys to open the Settings app and go to the Network & Internet section.
Step 2. In the Status tab, scroll down the right sidebar and click on the View your network properties option.
Step 3. Now, scroll down the new screen to find the Default gateway and IPv4 address sections. The router’s IP address is next to the Default gateway and the IPv4 address identifies your computer. Remember the IP addresses you have found.
Now, let’s see how to change IP address Windows 10 in the following part.
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How to Change My IP Address in Windows 10
Here we will walk you through 2 methods. Each method will be discussed in detail. Now, let’s start learning how to change IP address Windows 10.
Method 1. Change IP Address Windows 10 Using the Settings App
The first and simplest way to change IP address is to use the Settings app. Here’s a full guide for you:
Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I keys and then click on Network & Internet .
Step 2. In the pop-up window, select the network type based on your situation. If your device connects to the Internet through a wireless card, select the Wi-Fi section. If your device is using a wired connection, select the Ethernet section.
Step 3. Scroll down the right sidebar to locate the IP settings section and click on the Edit button.
Step 4. In the pop-up dialog box, select Manual from the drop-down menu and enable the IPv4 switch.
Step 5. Enter all the required details below including IP address , Subnet prefix length , Gateway , etc.
IP address : It refers to the static IP address that you want to use.
Subnet prefix length : It refers to the prefix length that determines the size of the subnet.
Gateway : It refers to the IP address of your router.
The Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS settings are not mandatory to enter. The setting will be automatically assigned by your router if they are blank.
Step 6. After the details are entered, click on the Save button to change IP address.
Method 2. Change IP Address Windows 10 in Control Panel
In addition to the above method, you can change IP address Windows 10 through the Control Panel. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1. Type control in the search window and select the Control Panel app from the best match.
Step 2. Change the View by to Category , and then click on View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet section.
Step 3. Navigate to the View your active networks tab and click on your Internet connection next to it.
Step 4. In the pop-up window, click on Properties and then select the Internet Protocol Version 4 or IPv6 , which depends on the IP address that you’re ready to change.
Step 5. Click on the Properties button.
Step 6. In the Properties window, select the Use the following IP address option if you want to set a static IP address.
Step 7. Then you need to enter all the required details manually including IP address, subnet mask , and Default gateway . After that, click on OK to save the changes and exit the window.
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Find your ip address from the settings menu, find your ip address from the control panel, find your ip address using command prompt, key takeaways.
- To find your local IP address on a Windows 10 PC, click the network icon on your taskbar, right click your network, then select "Properties." Your IP address will be shown next to "IPv4 Address."
- If you prefer using Command Prompt, open it and enter the command "ipconfig" to get your IP address. Look for the "IPv4 Address" line in the response.
An IP address identifies any given device on a network. You might need it for online gaming or remote desktop computing. Your Windows 10 PC has an IP address, and there are a few different ways you can find it. Here's how.
You can find the IP address of your Windows 10 PC in the Settings menu. But instead of clicking through several levels of options to find it, we'll use a shortcut to jump straight to it.
To the right of the taskbar, you'll see a group of several different icons. We want to locate the network icon. The icon design will differ depending on whether you're connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet . Right-click the icon.
If you can't find the icon on your taskbar, it might be hidden. Click the up arrow to reveal a small menu of hidden icons.
A list of network connections will appear. The network that you're connected to will be at the top of this list. Find it and click "Properties."
The Settings window will now open, and you'll automatically find yourself on the settings page of your current Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the "Properties" section. Here, you'll find your IP address next to "IPv4 address."
Normally the IP address is dynamically set from your router, but if you want to change it, you can set a static IP address in Windows, Ubuntu Linux , or even your iPhone .
You can also use the Control Panel to locate your IP address. In the Windows search bar, type "Control Panel," and then click the Control Panel app from the search results.
Control Panel will open. Here, click "Network and Internet."
On the next screen, click "Network and Sharing Center."
Next, click "Change Adapter Settings" in the left-hand menu.
Now, depending on which connection you're using, double-click "Ethernet" or "Wi-Fi."
The "Wi-Fi Status" (or "Ethernet Status") window will appear. In the "Connection" section, click "Details."
Finally, you can find your IP address in the "Network Connection Details" window that appears.
That's all there is to it.
If you like working with Command Prompt, good news! There's a simple command that you can run to get your IP address from CMD .
First, open Command Prompt . To do so, type "Command Prompt" in the Windows search bar and click the Command Prompt app that appears in the search results.
Command Prompt will open. Type this command and press Enter to execute it:
Your IP address will be returned in the response, listed in the "IPv4 Address" line.
Using one of these methods, you should now have your Windows 10 PC's IP address — but this is your private IP address. Did you know that you also have a public IP address ?
While you're finding IP addresses, you might be interested in finding the IP address of your Windows 11 PC , iPhone , Roku , printer , your Wi-Fi router , or any other device . Beyond IP addresses, you can figure out what is listening on a specific TCP/IP port or set up a static TCP/IP route .
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How do I change my IP Address on my computer? [duplicate]
My laptop is running Windows 7 and I connect my Wifi to my house. How do I change my computer's IP address without having to reset my internet router?
- superuser.com/a/312803/179299 – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Nov 23, 2013 at 21:58
- Why do you want to change it? What is the problem? – Roland Smith Nov 23, 2013 at 22:05
- @RolandSmith This is for gaming reasons. Do you know how to change it though? – puretppc Nov 23, 2013 at 22:08
- ipconfig /release and then ipconfig /renew in Command Prompt , but it depends on the Lease Time of your DHCP server in the router, you could get the same IP back. – Alex Nov 23, 2013 at 22:11
- 2 @Tony Likely because that changed the router's WAN IP address. People outside your LAN cannot see into it. Changing your LAN IP addresses won't change anything visible from outside your LAN. (This is a classic XY problem . You asked how to do something you thought would solve your problem rather than telling us what your problem actually is and asking how to solve it.) – David Schwartz Nov 23, 2013 at 22:46
Assuming you are using DHCP, your computer will be assigned an IP address from a pool of addresses. Generally, if you request a new address before the lease time is up, you will get the same address back.
So you will have to login to your router (most of them have a web interface, look at the manual) and change the IP that is assigned to your computer's. The most common way to do that is to assign your computer a specific IP address based on the MAC address of its network card.
The details of how to do this are specific to the router you have.
Most routers do network address translation ("NAT"), specifically one-to-many NAT. The machines on the internal network usually have 192.168.xxx.yyy addresses. But from the outside it looks like all the traffic is comming from one IP address (not in 192.168/16, because that range cannot be routed on the internet).
So it is not possible to directly expose your computer to the outside world (which in general is a good thing!).
But if you know which port (s) your gaming service/program uses, you might try to use port forwarding , so that every packet for the gaming port that arrives at the external interface of the router is sent to your PC. You can then point the other gamers to use the externally visible IP address on your router.
The only downside is that in this scenario it is difficult to have more than one gaming "server" on your internal network exposed to the internet. But virtual hosting combined with port forwarding could do the trick.
You should read the documentation that comes with your game thoroughly. Most home PC's are behind routers these days. So the games should know how to cope with that.
- Now that we know what his problem actually is , we know this won't solve it. – David Schwartz Nov 23, 2013 at 22:48
- @DavidSchwartz: We (or at least I :-) still don't know exactly what the problem is. But I suspect it has something to do with using the laptop as a kind of server for a game, so having it reachable from the internet. So I added a piece about port forwarding. But I guess that the real answer to Tony's question can be found in the game's documentation, given that home routers a ubiquitous. – Roland Smith Nov 24, 2013 at 0:08
- 1 Or he can look it up on Portforward.com . It has the biggest colection of routers with specific instruction how to forward ports for 100's of games on those routers (with images). – Rik Nov 24, 2013 at 0:36
- @Rik That's probably the best answer to the question that wasn't asked but should have been. :-) – Roland Smith Nov 24, 2013 at 10:53
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Change TCP/IP settings
TCP/IP defines how your PC communicates with other PCs.
To make it easier to manage TCP/IP settings, we recommend using automated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP automatically assigns Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the computers on your network if your network supports it. If you use DHCP, then you don't have to change your TCP/IP settings if you move your PC to another location, and DHCP doesn't require you to manually configure TCP/IP settings, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).
To enable DHCP or change other TCP/IP settings
Select Start , then type settings . Select Settings > Network & internet .
Do one of the following:
For a Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi > Manage known networks . Choose the network for which you want to change the settings.
For an Ethernet network, select Ethernet , then select the Ethernet network you’re connected to.
Next to IP assignment , select Edit .
Under Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , select Automatic (DHCP) or Manual .
To specify IPv4 settings manually
Under Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv4 .
To specify an IP address, in the IP address, Subnet mask , and Gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.
To specify a DNS server address, in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.
To specify if you want to use an encrypted (DNS over HTTPS) or unencrypted connection to the DNS server or servers you specify, for DNS over HTTPS , choose the setting you want:
Off : All DNS queries will be sent to the DNS server unencrypted in plaintext over HTTP.
On (automatic template) : DNS queries will be encrypted and sent to the DNS server over HTTPS. DNS queries will use the default settings for the automatic template or try to discover them automatically.
On (manual template) : DNS queries will be encrypted and sent to the DNS server over HTTPS. They’ll use the settings you enter in the DNS over HTTPS template box.
If you use DNS over HTTPS (automatic or manual template), turn Fallback to plaintext on or off:
When it’s turned on, a DNS query will be sent unencrypted if it can’t be sent over HTTPS.
When it’s turned off, a DNS query won’t be sent if it can’t be sent over HTTPS.
To specify IPv6 settings manually
Under Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv6 .
To specify an IP address, in the IP address , Subnet prefix length , and Gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.
When you select Automatic (DHCP) , the IP address settings and DNS server address setting are set automatically by your router or other access point (recommended).
When you select Manual , you can manually set your IP address settings and DNS server address.
When you’re done, select Save .
Note: To install IPv4, run Command Prompt as an administrator, type netsh interface ipv4 install , and then press Enter .
Select Start , then select Settings > Network & Internet .
For a Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi > Manage known networks . Choose the network you want to change the settings for, then select Properties.
For an Ethernet network, select Ethernet , then select the Ethernet network you’re connected to.
Under IP assignment , select Edit .
Under Edit IP settings , select Automatic (DHCP) or Manual .
Under Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv4 .
To specify an IP address, in the IP address, Subnet prefix length , and Gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.
To specify a DNS server address, in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.
Under Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv6 .
When you select Automatic (DHCP) , the IP address settings and DNS server address setting are set automatically by your router or other access point (recommended).
When you select Manual , you can manually set your IP address settings and DNS server address.
When you’re done, select Save .
In Windows 8.1, select the Start button, start typing View network connections , and then select View network connections in the list.
In Windows 7, open Network Connections by selecting the Start button, and then selecting Control Panel . In the search box, type adapter , and then, under Network and Sharing Center , select View network connections .
Right-click the connection that you want to change, and then select Properties . If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items , select either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) , and then select Properties .
To specify IPv4 IP address settings, do one of the following:
To get IP settings automatically using DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically , and then select OK .
To specify an IP address, select Use the following IP address , and then, in the IP address, Subnet mask , and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.
To specify IPv6 IP address settings, do one of the following:
To get IP settings automatically using DHCP, select Obtain an IPv6 address automatically , and then select OK .
To specify an IP address, select Use the following IPv6 address , and then, in the IPv6 address, Subnet prefix length , and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.
To specify DNS server address settings, do one of the following:
To get a DNS server address automatically using DHCP, select Obtain DNS server address automatically , and then select OK .
To specify a DNS server address, select Use the following DNS server addresses , and then, in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.
To change advanced DNS, WINS, and IP settings, select Advanced .
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Setting the IP address on your PC or mobile computer
To access the ASMI through a Web browser you first need to set the IP address on your PC or mobile computer. The following procedures describe setting the IP address on PC and mobile computers running Microsoft® Windows® and Linux®.
Setting the IP address in Windows XP and Windows 2000
To set the IP address within Windows XP and Windows 2000, complete these steps.
- Click Start >Settings >Control Panel .
- On the control panel, double-click Network Connections .
- Right-click Local Area Connection .
- Click Install .
- Select Protocol , and then click Add .
- Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) .
- Click OK to return to the Local Area Connection Properties window.
- Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) , and then click Properties .
- Select Use the Following IP Address .
- Complete the IP address , Subnet mask , and Default gateway fields by using the values in step 4 from Accessing the ASMI using a Web Browser.
- Click OK on the Local Area Connection Properties window. It is not necessary to restart your PC.
Setting the IP address in Linux
To set the IP address in Linux, complete these steps. You will need the information from step 4 in Accessing the ASMI using a Web Browser to complete step 4 in the following procedure.
- Make sure you are logged on as a root user.
- Start a terminal session.
- Type ifconfig at the command prompt. Attention: Record or print the current settings before making any changes. This allows you to restore these settings if you disconnect the PC or mobile computer after setting up the ASMI Web interface.
- Type ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx , where the xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx values are the values from step 4 for IP address and Subnet mask.
- Press Enter.