IP address questions

By gold384
Dec 29, 2010
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  1. well, i let me begin with a general background. i'm on a wired network. the computer i use most of the time uses windows xp 32 bit software, but i will soon upgrade to windows 7 software, 32 bit again. 32 bit is preferred over 64 bit since alot of older games i play run only on 32 bit systems.

    anyway, if i wish to change my ip address, should i change out the motherboard? or is the ip address assigned through the network. the router has a static ip address, i believe. so, when i ping my ip address, i am reading the router ip?

    i guess i am just a little confused with the whole ip address thing. thanks for the help guys!
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    There should be no necessity to change the IP address.

    The MB does not contribute to creating the LAN Side address you see with ipconfig /all

    Lan address: Is assigned by the DHCP service in your router, OR from a static IP configuration on the NIC. Etherway, your Lan - IP is not visible nor accessible from the Internet.

    WAN address: is assigned by your ISP OR from the registration process. This is the address for ALL of the systems attached to your router. The NAT feature of the router keeps it all straight.

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