There are several reasons why you may need to change your computer’s IP address on your home network. One of the main reasons I do this is to change my IP address from a dynamic to a static address to avoid IP conflicts. This is great if you have a busy network with computers and devices coming in and out. If the IP’s are set to static then the device knows it’s own IP and does not have to look for an available one to connect with.
First you will need to be logged into your computer as an Administrator. (the main identity which allows you to change settings.)
How To Know What Ip Address Range To Use
I get asked this a lot. Some people have an IP address like 10.0.0.1 and others have one like 192.168.0.1. This local IP is nothing to do with your global IP, this tutorial is all about changing your IP on your computer.
The best way to know what IP address range your network is using is to see the details of your network connection. This will show you what automatic IP address your computer is using. It will also show you the subnet mask and the default gateway. You will need all of these details to be correct.
See the screenshot below. I can already see all the details I need when changing my IP address.
After taking a few notes about the details of your connection, you can now change the details to a custom setting, but using the original default gateway, subnet mask.
Changing Your IP Address on Your Home Network
- Go to the Start Menu in the bottom left corner and choose control panel from the menu.
- Click on the Network Connections icon once to make it blue. Then right click on it and a menu will appear.
- Choose properties from the menu. The dialog box below will appear.
- Make Internet Protocol blue and then press the Properties Button.
- The dialog box below will appear.
By default, obtain an IP address automatically will be selected on your computer. To change or set your own Ip address choose the Use the following IP address option.
Windows Vista and Seven
When Windows Vista and Windows 7 came out they had the network and sharing center. It is easily accessible through the control panel or from the network icon in the notification area.
1. Enter the network and sharing center through the control panel. Link in start menu.
2. When you are in the network and sharing center simply click on change adapter settings. Shown below.
3. You will now see your connections. Right click on the one you are using.
4. A menu will appear. Choose properties.
5. The network connection properties will open.
6. Choose IPv4 or IPv6. My connection is using IPv4. Then press on properties just as we did above.
Changing Your IP Address on Your Home Network Tips
Now the only way I can explain (in simple terms) how to enter all of these numbers is to follow my example.
My IP Address is 10.0.0.1 (You can also use this number as your first computer Ip address and your second would be 10.0.0.2 and the third 10.0.0.3 and so on.)
Make your subnet mask the same as what you saw in the details of your network connection. This number should be the same on all of your computer on your network.
The default gateway is my Modems IP Address. I found the modems Ip Address in the manual it came with but it is also in the details of your network.
You can also find it by typing the model number and make of your modem into google. For Example type D-Link 540 IP address. This number will be the same for all the computers on your network as they are all connected to the same modem…
If you have a router connected to your modem then the routers IP address will be the default gateway. If my routers number was 192.168.0.1 then this would be the default gateway and I would choose an IP number following this sequence like 192.168.0.2 for my computer. Then 192.168.0.3 for the next computer and so on.