Suddenly cannot change IP Address anymore

January 17, 2011 at 22:02:48
Specs: Windows XP
Before I get into detail, allow me to first make a few things clear:

No, I have not changed ISPs.
Yes, I have contacted my ISP about the matter, but, as expected, to no avail.
No, I am not using a new modem.
To my knowledge, I have made no network related changes whatsoever since the problem arose.

This will certainly raise the question "Why do you need to change your IP, anyway?" Well, to be perfectly honest, the game site that I frequent has a newly implemented hacking detection system that temporarily bans a user from entering all game rooms if it detects any suspicious activity on the user's part. This system is quite fallible and hence results in many unwarranted bans daily. In the event that I am unlucky enough to fall victim to the ban hammer, I simply change my IP and continue playing.

Here is the method I've used to change my IP for months

ipconfig /release
Local Area Connection Properties
Use the following IP address: 123.123.123.123
OK
Local Area Connection Properties
Obtain an IP address automatically

...and my IP is changed as if by magic. This beloved method no longer works for me. Why is that?



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#1
January 18, 2011 at 05:39:27
Your method doesn't work because it isn't a reliable one. In fact, I don't see any reason why it worked at all. I have done this as an experiment a number of times and I always receive the same IP address.

The IP address you receive is up to your ISP's DHCP server and is completely beyond your control.


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#2
January 18, 2011 at 05:53:07
Surely reliable enough to work like a charm for over half a year. Completely beyond my control? Then please explain to me precisely how I was able to change my IP address at will and without fail? Clearly it stopped working owing to some network setting that is unbeknown to me and not just because it is "unreliable".

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#3
January 18, 2011 at 06:01:46
The IP address you refer to is a Local Area Connection. If you are behind a router this will be a private IP address that can be easily changed but will have no effect on the game server.

The only way to get a public IP address on you Local Area Connection is if you have the modem connected directly to the computer. If this is the case and it worked in the past but doesn't work know it could simply be a change in the way your ISP allocates IP addresses, Something you have no control over. This probably happened because you were constantly changing the IP Address which put an extra load onto their server so they have stopped you from doing it.

Stuart


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#4
January 18, 2011 at 06:07:48
I considered this possibility, but as I mentioned, I contacted my ISP and they told me they have not made any changes regarding this lately at all and that it was not their fault.

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#5
January 18, 2011 at 06:09:28
The only explanation for the change I can see is that your ISP made some configuration change or upgraded some software or hardware.

As I said before, what IP address you receive is beyond your control. It may be the same every time or it may change. In any event this is up to your ISP's DHCP server.

Your method is inherently unreliable. It just happened to work before. Now it doesn't.


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#6
January 18, 2011 at 06:47:19
Syrphian what is your ip address? Note it
Go to ipchicken.com. What does it say your ip address is?

Are they the same compared to what ipchicken sees and what you noted locally?

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#7
January 19, 2011 at 22:41:04
Yes.

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#8
January 20, 2011 at 06:05:56
LMiller7 has the answer then.

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