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Generate an IP Address

Last Updated: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 > Related Articles

Summary

Learn how to generate an IP address by disabling and enabling DHCP.

Solution

When your computer has been unable to generate an IP address and all other troubleshooting has failed, it may be possible to generate an IP address by disabling and enabling DHCP. To do this, you will have to set up a static IP address, and then change it to dynamic.
 
Note: The process below applies to Windows operating systems.

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  1. Click the Start menu.
  2. Select Control Panel.
2

Are you in Classic or Category view?
 

If...Then...
Classic ViewDouble-click Network Connections.
Category View
  1. Click Network and Internet Connections.
  2. Select Network Connections.
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  1. Right-click on the Local Area Connection that is being used.
  2. Double-click Internet Protocol.
  3. Select Use the following IP Address and enter 192.168.0.2.
  4. Set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0.
  5. Select Use the following DNS Server addresses and enter 127.0.0.1.
  6. Click OK, the click OK again.
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  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Click Start, and select Control Panel.
5

Are you in Classic or Category view?
 

If...Then...
Classic ViewDouble-click Network Connections.
Category View
  1. Click Network and Internet Connections.
  2. Select Network Connections.
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  1. Right-click on the Local Area Connection that is being used.
  2. Double-click Internet Protocol.
  3. Select Obtain an IP Address automatically.
  4. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  5. Click OK, the click OK again.
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  1. Right-click the Local Area Connection and select Disable.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Click Start and select Control Panel.
8

Are you in Classic or Category view?
 

If...Then...
Classic ViewDouble-click Network Connections.
Category View
  1. Click Network and Internet Connections.
  2. Select Network Connections.
9

Right-click the Local Area Connection and select Enable.
 
Note: After completing this process, if your computer still has not generated an IP address, the network interface card (NIC) may not be functioning properly. If this case you will need to contact the NIC manufacturer.


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