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Understand and Resolve IP Address Conflicts

what is ip address conflict

IP address conflict may feel like a red alert when you are in the middle of some important work on your system. One of the most common pop-up error messages is that of an IP address conflict with some other system on the same network. If you are not much of a tech-savvy, this problem may sound as grave as a hacking attempt! Don’t worry though, we are here to help you troubleshoot this error effectively.

The first thing to know about is that every system communicates via a network that has a unique IP address. When two devices are essentially on a single network and begin using the same IP address, that’s where the conflicts arise. When this happens, both the computers in question are unable to connect to any network resourced. Also, they are unable to perform any network operations. For instance, if you have a subscription to one of the Spectrum internet plans it will stop working. Similarly, LAN networks will not function too.

Usually, this IP address error message appears on turning on your system. It is also likely to appear when your computer comes out of sleep mode. Are you geeking out? Let’s dig a little deeper into this.

Understanding the IP Address

For the uninitiated, the IP address or Internet Protocol address is that unique string of various numbers joined together by periods. This address identifies your device, be it a computer, smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

An IP address allows data transmission as well as communication across various networks. In a nutshell, without the IP address, data travelling over the internet would be a question mark. The data would be unable to know where it is travelling. Take the instance of snail mail. The mail carrier exactly knowns where to send and return the info. The same is the case with IP addresses. On visiting a website, your unique IP address is given to the website in question.

The IP address also includes info about your current location. This allows the website to send pertinent info that you requested to the right location. For instance, if you are looking up Spectrum customer service number in Michigan, the IP address will enlighten the website about your current location, and you will get the exact contacts of your nearest centers.

Resolving the IP Address Conflict

To fix this issue, you can go in several ways. The solutions range from simple to complex. For instance, the simplest solution would be restarting your computer; it may fix the conflict automatically. If not, there are some other solutions, which can help. Tag along!

Renew Your IP Address

Using a command prompt, you can release as well as renew your computer’s IP address.

  • Simply click on Start and then type CMD.
  • At the prompt, type in “ipconfig /release”.
  • It will release the IP address you have.

You might see several results after giving the aforementioned command. The results are based on the number of adapters installed on the machine. For the Ethernet adapter, you will see Ethernetx heading and for the wireless cards, you will see Wireless/Wi-Fi LAN adapter or a similar one.

If you have set up your computer with a static IP address, then skip to the next section because this is not relevant. After running the stated command, you need to run a second one to renew the IP address. Type “ipconfig /renew” and after a few seconds, the results will be displayed. An IP address should be listed right next to the IPv4 Address.

Reconfigure Your Static IP Address

For those, whose computers are running on static IP addresses, consider switching to a different static IP address. The current IP address may conflict with various IP addresses given out by the DHCP server. Use the steps below to acquire an IP address from the DHCP server directly. You won’t have to manually enter the IP address.

  • Click the Control Panel and go to the icons view.
  • Click Network and Sharing Center.
  • You will see Change adapter settings on the left. Click it.
  • Right-click the network adaptercurrently in use for your internet connection.
  • Select Properties, and click TCP/IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4).
  • Click the Properties button again.
  • From here, you can pick an IP address from the DHCP server.
  • You will obtain the new IP address automatically or by entering your static IP address.

The DHCP knows the addresses, which are taken and the ones to give out.

Reboot Your Wireless Router

This is a rather basic and obvious solution, but it sure fixes a lot of problems. If it has been weeks or months that you haven’t restarted your wireless router, this may fix your problem. Whether you are using DSL, fiber, or cable connection, simply restart your wireless router. Not rebooting it for a long time can lead to malfunctions and glitches in the smooth functioning of the router.

A quick reboot and restarting your computer should fix most of the issues.

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