There are two kinds of IP addresses: static and dynamic. Both may be changed but in different ways. On the one hand, the only way to change or hide static IP address is to contact one's internet service provider or by using a VPN. The dynamic IP address, on the other hand, is more flexible. This article focuses on changing or hiding dynamic IP addresses.
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.
This is the simplest way of changing IP address. It is done by simply unplugging the modem. It should be completely disconnected. The 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.
The ISP shall automatically assign a new IP address 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.
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.
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 labeled as IPv4.
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.
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.