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Need to change your IP?
Here are some common reasons you may want to change your IP address:
Now, before you go any further with this process, you need to know if your IP address is static or dynamic. Generally, it’s easy to change your IP address when it’s dynamic:
Just unplug the modem and router for 10 seconds and voila, you’ll have a new IP.
However, static IP addresses can’t be changed unless you contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) – and even then, you still likely won’t be able to change it.
Luckily most IP addresses assigned today are dynamic – these types of addresses are more cost effective for both you and the ISP.
To figure out what type of IP address you have, go to TheBestVPN.com/my-ip/.
You can have both a public and private IP address.
The public IP address is the one that is assigned to your router. So when you change this IP address, it will also change the IP address for all devices connected to your Internet network.
The private IP address is assigned to your device and connected to a private local area network (LAN Network).
A different process is required to change each kind of IP address. We’ll go over both processes…
This one is quite simple. All you have to do is unplug the modem and wait for a few minutes.
When you plug it back in and turn the router on, you’re likely to have a new IP address assigned.
If you wait five minutes and it still doesn’t work, try unplugging it overnight for 8 hours or so.
To check if your IP changed, just follow the instructions we listed before at whatismyIPaddress.com.
This is a bit more of an in-depth process, but it’s a good option if the unplugging the modem doesn’t do the trick.
Here’s what you need to do:
If the following two strategies don’t work, you can also opt for a proxy or VPN. These mask your IP address and give you an IP address from a different part of the world. They also allow you to browse the Internet without being traced.
There are several VPNs to choose from (some of them free to get started) – and you can find a good one for about $5 or $10 a month.
If all else fails and you don’t want to go with a proxy or VPN, you can also contact your ISP provider.
Simply give them a call and ask them to change your IP address for you.
The process is different with Windows compared to a Mac. We’ll explain how to change your private IP address on each one…
There are several advantages to changing your IP address. It can make your online identity more secure, give you access to websites you previously couldn’t access, protect you after an attack, fix your network connection, and even allow you to register more than one account on a site.
Keep in mind – it’s much tougher to change your IP address if it’s static. But if it’s dynamic (which it likely will be), the process is easy. Follow the strategies listed here and you can change your IP address quickly.
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