How to Resolve IP Address Conflict Issues

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How to Resolve IP Address Conflict Issues
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The Internet protocol (IP) address is a unique identifier assigned to every computer. This address helps a network determine where information needs to be sent. Often, errors arise when two computers on a network are assigned the same IP address. This has the effect of confusing the network, making it unable to determine where information must be sent. This is referred to as an IP address conflict. You can resolve this by assigning a new IP address to one of the conflicted systems.

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    Click the "Start" button on your desktop, type "command" into the box at the bottom of your Start menu and press "Enter." This will cause the DOS prompt to load.

  2. 2

    Type "ipconfig /release" and then press "Enter." This will cause you to lose your connection to the Internet. Press "Alt" + "Tab" to minimise the DOS prompt.

  3. 3

    Click "Start," "Control Panel," right-click on the "Network and Sharing Center" icon and choose "Properties" in the resulting drop-down box.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the listed connection and choose "Properties." If you are on a wired connection, it will be listed as "Local Area Connect." If you are on a wireless connection, it will be listed as "Wireless Network Connection."

  5. 5

    Double-click on the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" button located under the "General" tab.

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    Click the box located next to "Use the following IP address" in the "General" tab of the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" pop-up window.

  7. 7

    Type "" into the command box.

  8. 8

    Press "Tab" on your keyboard, then click "OK."

  9. 9

    Click "OK" to bring back the "Local Area Connection" screen, then right-click on your connection and choose "Properties."

  10. 10

    Double-click the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" shortcut.

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    Click to select "Obtain an IP address automatically," then click "OK."

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    Click on the "DOS" prompt tab in your toolbar to maximise it. Type "ipconfig /renew"--this will assign a new IP address to your system and resolve the IP conflict issue.

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