An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is individually assigned to every device that connects to the internet. It is known as a distinguishable identifier between computers on a network which send data to other computers on the network. This “binary code” is responsible for two main processes: it can tell you when there is network interference and offer automatic solutions, and it can serve as a host to reveal location.
When there is an IP address conflict in your network, it is impossible to connect to the internet. This is because two or more devices in your network are connected to the same local area network (LAN) with the same IP address. What this creates is a scenario where two computers or devices share the same address, but in theory each device should have its own unique address to function properly. This may happen for many reasons:
- An administrator unknowingly assigns two computers the same IP Address.
- An internet service provider accidently assigns two customers the same IP Address.
- A computer put into hibernation acquires the same IP address as another computer on the network.
So, we know the reasons why this occurs—but how do we go about manually fixing the issue? Don’t rush to your technician just yet. The solution may be simpler than you think. Usually, your computer is able to resolve the issue by itself. There are times, however—when you may need to pitch in a little extra help to recover your computer’s “identity”. The simplest method would be to make sure that each computer on your network has an individual IP address assigned to it. What? You’re thinking. If you had done that from the beginning, perhaps you wouldn’t even be reading this! Mistakes happen. Technology isn’t perfection.
- Release and renew your IP address: Simply go to your start menu (on windows) and find the command prompt. When the black text box opens, type in ‘ipconfig’. You should be able to see the status of your IP address. If your computer is currently holding an address, (which most likely it is) type in ‘ipconfig /release’. This tells windows to release the address. Next, type in ‘ipconfig/renew’ to give yourself a new IP address.
- Check to see if your router is working properly. If it is, you may not need to upgrade it. However, if it’s causing you problems—or the “IP issue” is recurrent, it may be time to upgrade.
Online Tech Tips.” How to Fix an IP Address Conflict. Web. 24 Aug. 2012.
“What Is an IP Address?” HowStuffWorks. Web. 24 Aug. 2012.
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