How to Configure Your IP Address

by eHow Contributor

Many computer users are connected to home networks, and one of the common problems than can arise in this environment is what to do when you have an IP address conflict. This typically occurs when your network IP address is configured as static and the connection does not refresh automatically from time to time. Fortunately, these problems are easy to straighten out and you can configure your IP address in just a few minutes.

1

Open a Web browser and type in the address of your router’s configuration page. On many Linksys routers, the setup page is found at “192.168.1.1” but this can vary. If you do not know the address for your router’s setup page, look in your router’s user manual. Press the "Enter" key to continue.

2

Enter the router password when prompted. The default password on most Linksys routers is "admin" so try that first.

3

Click "Basic Setup" on the Setup page. A pull-down for "Automatic Configuration DHCP" will appear. Click on that and then exit the Basic Setup page.

4

Open your computer "Control Panel" by clicking the Windows "Start" button and selecting "Control Panel." Double-click "Network Connections" and right-click on "Wireless Network Connection." Choose "Properties."

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Click "Internet Protocol" under the General Tab, and then click "Properties." A checkmark should appear for both "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server Automatically." Click on each box to enable the feature if necessary.

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Exit from the router setup page and retry your connection. You may need to reboot your computer and router to finalize the settings.

Tips

  • check This tutorial is for Windows XP users using Linksys routers. Substantially similar procedures apply to other Windows operating systems and routers.
  • check Write down any settings you change so that you can revert back to the original settings if necessary.
  • check Manually unplugging the router from the wall for five minutes and then plugging it back in will often resolve network conflicts. A new IP address will be automatically configured by the router when you plug it back in and it reboots.

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