Your IP address which stands for Internet Protocol is the unique number of your internet connection linked to all your internet & networking activities. It is something a regular computer user would probably never really think about, but it is actually a very important technology which connects one machine to another via the Internet.
In this post we will learn about the simple steps to find out, reset, renew, configure and change the IP address in order to use a static IP, on your Windows 10 computer.
Find out IP address
You may want to know your computers IP number if you need to connect two or more devices to ‘talk’ to each other.
From the WinX Menu, open an elevated Command Prompt window, type the following and hit Enter:
IPConfig is a tool built into Windows, that displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol DHCP and Domain Name System DNS settings.
Renew IP address
To refresh or renew your IP address use the following commands:
ipconfig /releaseipconfig /renew
Change IP address
If you want to set a static IP, you can change your IP address. To do so, open the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel, and click on the Connections link.
A new window will open up showing the details about your internet connection. Click on the Properties tab.
Another window will open up showing the items used by your connection. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/ IP v4).
The default settings of a PC is to obtain the IP address automatically, but you can change it if required.
Select Use the following IP address and fill the required details (8 & 9 in above image) and click on OK, and you are done.
Do not forget to check the box saying ‘Validate settings upon exit’. Your PC will automatically run network diagnostic and verify the connection.
If your computer is used on more than one network, enter the details like subnet mask, default gateway, preferred DNS server, alternate DNS server, etc.