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IP address via DSL always the same - why?


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:51 PM

Windows 7 Home Edition, SP 1

I have a DSL connection via Frontier. Every time I log in, I notice that I always get the same IP address. Even if I execute ipconfig /release followed by ipconfig /renew, I still get the same address. Does this make sense? Am I reading the output of ipconfig correctly? Does ipconfig accurately show my IP address as seen from the Internet, or only as seen from the DSL modem?

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:11 AM

Many providers will attempt to issue you the same IP address every time you connect. This may be what's happening.

When you do a ipconfig, you may just be releasing/renewing your local LAN IP. If the IP address of a ipconfig shows as 192.168.X.X, 172.16-31.X.X, or 10.X.X.X, then you are getting a private IP. To confirm your real WAN IP, visit a site such as http://www.speedtest.net/, which gives your real IP in the bottom left corner of the flash app.

If you want to try to get a new one - turn your DSL modem off for 10-20 minutes, turn it back on and check it again. If you're getting the same IP, they may be issuing you an IP based on your MAC address.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:29 AM

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