Technically, you CANNOT change your IP address but what you can do is mask it. When we talk about “changing” an IP address, we are basically talking about masking it.
Using a Proxy to Change Your IP address
One of the easiest ways to mask your IP address is by using a proxy server. This allows you to make the change (either temporary or long-term), which gives you the ability to switch between your original IP address and your proxy address.
However, using a proxy address doesn’t technically change your IP address, it actually masks it to look like another IP address. Your actual address is still being used, but the data is re-routed through the proxy address so that the websites you visit only see the proxy address.
Why Change an IP Address?
There are a number of reasons to change your IP address. Some of them include:
- When you simply want to appear anonymous
- When you want to overcome Internet censorship that may be implemented by your government, or ISP, or other institutions
- When you want to bypass bans from a particular network such as a gaming site, and the ban is based on your IP address
Changing Your IP Address
The changing of an IP address depends on how a person is connected to the internet. If you are connected to the internet through a router, you will need to change the IP address of the router. If you are directly connected to the internet through a gateway, you will have to change the IP address of your computer. Since there are a variety of ways in which you can change your IP address, we will talk about one of the most common methods below, which involves changing the router’s IP address.
How to Change Your Router’s IP Address
Routers, which are layer 3 networking devices, are used to connect several computers to the internet. In a network which has a dynamic IP address, a router is usually assigned an IP address which is public, and the multiple computers are each assigned an IP address which is private. To change the router’s IP address, here are the steps you can take:
- Switch off the router for about a minute and then switch it on.
- You should turn it off and on several times, and it is possible that your ISP may assign you with a new IP address. If this does not work, turn off your router overnight, and restart it when you wake up in the morning.
- Perform reconnection of the router to the ISP through an administrative interface. Many routers can be disconnected from an ISP, and reconnected back through the administrative interface. By doing this, you may be able to change the IP address of your router.