Change an IP Address

An IP address is a numerical identification assigned to a computer to identify it within a network communication. Administrators usually designate these logical addresses based on network regulations.

IP addresses are changed for reasons of security and privacy, such as connecting to the Internet or a small network. Other Web users can also access your device’s IP address and can thus open access to your system. This access can be used for malicious reasons, such as denying admission to certain sites or services, or flooding your e-mail with spam.

Different operating systems use different steps in changing the IP address. In Windows 9X/ME, first go to Start, then to the Control Panel, then Network, click on the network card, next to the TCP/IP, and then change the IP address. When using Windows XP/2K, go to Start, then enter the Control Panel, then Network Connections. This will lead to Local Area Connection, the Properties, then to the Internet Protocol. Then change the TCP/IP. On the other hand, when Red Hat Linux I is being used, go to System Tools, followed by the Network OR use tools such as “linuxconf” or “netcfg” .

If these steps do not modify your IP address, call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for suggestions. They will likely have special procedures regarding requests for IP changes. Your ISP may offer instructions on changing the IP address or give you new settings for future use.

Upon the approval of the request, modify your settings, and change the IP address to the new address provided by your ISP.

Note that if you modify the IP address to access Web-based forums you may choose to attempt to configure your Internet browser to use a proxy server.

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