Reset IP Address of Computer or Router

Here is how to reset your IP address in the event you lose connectivity on your local network or the Internet. It sometimes becomes necessary to manually renew your computer’s IP address.  If you suddenly realize you do not have an Internet connection, you can often right-click the network icon in the taskbar near the clock on your desktop and select “Troubleshoot Problems.” This will go through a process of resetting your IP address. Or you can perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu and type cmd in the search box and hit enter.
  2. Type ipconfig /release and hit enter.
  3. Type ipconfig /renew and hit enter.

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Your should receive an IP address similar to that of your router. For example, if your router’s internal IP address is, then the IP address of your computer should be similar. In most cases the last digit in the octet will change. So you computer may have an IP address such as If it returns a generic IP address such as 169.254.x.x, then you know you have more serious issues with your network configuration, as your computer is having problems communicating with your router.

Reset IP Address of Router

If you have a cable modem, you may want to also renew its IP address.  First, go ahead and release the IP address on the PC, then shut the computer down. Next, unplug the cable modem for a couple of minutes, then plug it back in again. Once all of the modem lights are green, power up the PC again. It should automatically renew its IP at boot.

Note:  If you have a router, you’ll want to unplug it, as well, then plug it back in AFTER you plug in the modem, but before you power up the PC. The router will need to supply the PC with a new IP address.

Reset IP Address Conclusion

If the reset IP address option fails to help you regain Internet access, there could be other issues with your computer. You could have a mis-configuration of your network settings that prevents you from obtaining an IP address, or you could be receiving an IP address but you might have malware issues or incorrect DNS settings. If you need additional help to reset IP address or help you access the Internet, join our free forums or read our other networking tutorials.


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