Changing my IP Address

October 5, 2009 at 08:23:06
Specs: Windows Vista
To All,

I am on Windows Vista 64 and have a D-Link DI-604 Router (not wireless) that is used by three computers at home to access the internet.

I am a Time Warner Cable subscriber and use their broadband high speed internet service.

I am trying to change my IP Address (gaming purposes) and have not had much luck doing so.

These are the initiatives I have tried thus far:

1) Using the CMD prompt, I have done ipconfig / release + ipconfig / renew while connected to the router

2) Using the CMD prompt, I have done ipconfig / release + ipconfig / renew while connected directly to the modem

3) Powering off both the modem and the router for more than 8 hours, I had hoped that without actually using the reset buttons and changing any settings that were important that a clean start might have been possible

4) Logging into the router as an Admin, I have tried using the clone MAC Address feature

The bottom line is, every time I visit, after having tried each step, cleared my browser for temporary files and cookies, it always shows me with the same IP Address.

I am not the most technical of people, but I am able to follow directions.

If anyone might have a solution to this problem, please provide step-by-step instructions so that I might try them.

Thank you for your time.

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October 5, 2009 at 08:41:40
The IP address you are referring to is assigned to the router, so all of the things you are doing on your computers will have no effect. Sometimes changing the router's MAC address will do it, but obviously not in your case. Assuming your IP address is dynamically assigned (meaning you don't have a static IP address) you have two options. You can try unpluging the router and modem for 24 hours or so before reconnecting them. Or, you can call your ISP, and ask if they can give you a new IP address.

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October 5, 2009 at 09:02:25
Thank you RTAdams89 for your response.

I am on a dynamic IP (confirmed that with TWC) and not a static one, but they have informed me there is nothing they can do as it is controlled by their "DHCP" (maybe "DCHP") server.

If I might ask, why was turning the modem and the router for 8 hours not enough (vs and 24 you have recommended) and not that I am expecting any guarantees but how confident are you that it might work?

What does turning off the power do exactly to make the change?

Thank you for your follow-up.

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October 5, 2009 at 09:33:43
Did you get yourself (& your IP address) banned from a gaming site?

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October 5, 2009 at 09:39:39
No Jam, not banned at all.

Long story short, I need a new ip as only 1 gaming id is allowed per ip on a few servers I visit, and it has been difficult to get them to allow a change in my id.

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October 5, 2009 at 21:35:38
The DHCP server basically works like this:

A device sends a message to it and says "I need an IP address".
The DHCP server looks in a database, finds an unused address, and says "use this one".
The DHCP server then adds a record in the database that says "device xxx (the MAC address) has ip xxx"

There is also a life time associated with each entry. A place like an internet cafe would have a short lifetime (called lease time), since most computers will be there for a short time and then leave. Have the leases expire quickly ensures those addresses will be available for new computers when they connect.

In the case of cable modems, they generally don't move or disconnect, so the lease is quite long. I can't say for sure how long that lease is in your case, but many ISPs have it set around 24 hours.

You should be able to call the tech support and have them assign you a new IP address.

-Ryan Adams

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October 6, 2009 at 04:45:05
Thank you for following up Ryan.

I have had this same ip address I believe for many months now.

I have also contacted Time Warner Cable numerous times asking them to assist, and they claimed to have released and ip but I always end up with the same nonetheless.

As I have escalated, I have been told that they cannot change what the DHCP server assigns me but this seems maybe like it is not entirely the truth?

Still unsuccessful at trying to get a new ip.

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