Have you just discovered a beautiful website, full of interesting videos and information, but you cannot view it because a message warns you that you do not reside in the country for which that service is intended? Would you like to use that P2P software your friend recommended to you but you can't make the most of it because you should first open the ports on the modem / router for your PC and don't know how to identify it on the network? Don't worry! There is only one answer to these and other similar questions: that's enough for you change IP address.
How do you say? Don't have the slightest idea what it is? Don't worry, I can explain everything to you! The IP address is that "thing" that uniquely identifies us when we are connected to the Internet. There are two different types: those interior and those external. The internal IP address is the one that the router assigns to computers and any other devices that are part of the local network, while the external one, otherwise called "global", uniquely identifies a connection and is common to all the devices that make use of. IP addresses can also be dynamic, that is, they change with each connection, or static, i.e. fixed.
How do you say? Everything is perfectly clear to you but now would you like to take action and understand how to change the IP address? You are right, I have dwelt a little too much but before giving you all the explanations on what to do it seemed only right to do a deepening on the matter. Anyway, if you want to know more, keep reading, below you will find all the explanations you need. Ah, I forgot: beyond the "big words" you have absolutely nothing to worry about since all the operations that you will need to perform are very simple and can be put into practice without problems even by the less experienced in IT. Ok?
Change External IP Address
Do you want to find out how to change external IP address? In this case, you just have to resort to the use of some special online services or applications created specifically for the purpose and that's it.
These are resources that allow you to hide the IP in use at no cost by simulating a connection from foreign countries. Generally they have time or traffic limits which can however be overcome by subscribing to paid plans. However, if you don't have any special needs, the free versions of them should be just fine.
The easiest resources for changing external IP addresses are undoubtedly i Web proxy. These are services that work directly from the browser and allow you to pass your connection through a remote computer which, in this way, acts as an intermediary with the sites you want to visit.
A good web proxy that I suggest you try Hide.me. To use it, connected to its main web page, choose one of the nationalities available in the drop-down menu located at the bottom left, type the address of the site you want to visit with the IP masked and press the button Visit anonymously.
At this point, you will be automatically redirected to the address you entered but your IP will be foreign, of the country you have selected from the Hide.me drop-down menu.
After following the directions above, you can test the actual functioning of the Web proxy by opening a new browser tab or window and visiting sites such as What IS My IP Address e WhatIP. If everything went well, your computer will be detected as connected from a foreign country.
Please note: Although extremely easy to use, web proxies are generally quite slow and are therefore not suitable for activities such as streaming multimedia content or downloading very large files. Consequently, they only serve to disguise one's identity (and one's geographical origin) on sites that do not require a particular commitment of the available bandwidth.
For more intense network activities than simple online browsing, it may instead be useful to change the IP address using the VPN (acronym for Virtual Private Network). These are systems that connect the computer to a remote secure network that becomes the "protagonist" of communications to the outside and makes its connection appear in other geographical locations (that of the network and no longer that of the local modem / router).
Among the many VPN services on the square I suggest you NordVPN, which is very simple to use and very secure: the connection data is in fact encrypted with a very advanced algorithm and hidden not only from potential malicious people, but also from ISPs and operators of NordVPN itself.
The service is available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iPhone / iPad, Smart TV Android TV, ., Raspberry Pi, router and other devices and offers a wide range of servers to choose from, scattered around the world (some of which are dedicated to specific activities, such as streaming and file exchange over networks P2P).
The plans available are different, all with a 30-day money back guarantee and support for simultaneous use on 6 devices: the one from 2 or 3 anni in base alle promo in corso (3,10 euros / month, billed annually); the one from 2 years (4,44 euros / month, billed annually); the one from 1 year (6,22 euros / month, billed annually) and the one from 1 month (10,63 euro).
Once you have created your account and chosen your plan (you can pay by card, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Cryptocurrency and Alipay), proceed to download the NordVPN client following the instructions on the screen. Later, if you use Windows, april il file .exe obtained and press on Yes, Next, install e Finish, to conclude the setup. If you have a Poppyinstead, use the Mac App Store. On smartphones and tablets, then, directly use the Android Play Store or the iOS / iPadOS App Store.
Once the installation is complete, all you have to do is start NordVPN, run the Log In with your account details and select the nationality server or one Speciality server among those available, to start securing your connection: for more details, read my review of NordVPN. If you want to know more about VPNs, read my tutorial on the subject.
Change Internal IP Address
As for the internal IP address, you can go to act directly from the modem / router in your possession or from your computer, smartphone or tablet, assigning a static type address.
To do this, you don't have to use third-party services or tools: everything you need is already usable directly from the device you are using. Great, right?
From the Modem / Router
If you want to change the IP address of the devices connected to your network by acting on modem / router, you can do this by accessing the device configuration panel. The procedure to follow is quite simple but considering that the configuration menus may differ according to the brand and model of the modem / router in use, it will not be possible for me to provide extremely detailed information. In any case, do not worry, I will still try to be sufficiently comprehensive.
To begin with, connect to the modem / router configuration panel by starting the Web browser you generally use to surf the net, typing in the address bar 192.168.1.1 o 192.168.0.1, pressing the button Submit on the keyboard and providing the required username and password which generally are admin/admin or admin/password. In case the coordinates provided prove to be inaccurate, please read my guide on how to find the IP address of the router that I wrote on the subject and my tutorial on how to see the modem password to try to deal with it.
Once logged in, go to the section LAN settings, devices o Local network on the modem / router management panel then select the device name to which you want to change the IP address and click on the button to make the changes.
At this point, type the IP address you want to use in the field that you find next to the wording IP address, IP or IP Address and then click on the button to save the changes made. Note that in some cases it may be necessary to restart the router or device you have chosen to act on in order for the changes to take place.
If the steps to be taken to change the IP address that I have just indicated are not correct for your modem / router, I suggest you try to find out which operations to perform exactly by looking at the User Manual attached to the sales package of the device. Alternatively, you can try to find more information on what to do by connecting to support and assistance section from the official website of the device manufacturer.
From the PC
Stai using a PC with one of the latest versions of Windows, you can change the IP address from the operating system control panel. You ask me how to proceed? Simple: first click on the button Start attached to the taskbar, type control panel in the search field that is shown to you and then click Rete and Internet (if you can't find this item, make sure that in the menu View by: located at the top right the option is selected Category) then click Network and Sharing Center.
In the window that opens, click on the item first Ethernet (if you are using a wired connection) or Local Area Connection (LAN) (if you are using a wireless connection) located on the right and then on the button Property to access the connection properties. Then select the item by double clicking on it Internet Protocol versione 4 (TCP / IPv4) in the window that opened and configure your connection by placing the check mark next to the item Use the following IP address:.
Now type the IP address you want to assign to the computer in the field next to the item IP address:, fill in the field next to the item Subnet mask: typing the subnet mask and entering the IP address of the router in the field next to the item Default gateway: (you can find these parameters by connecting to the configuration panel of your router). To apply all changes, put a check mark in the box next to the item Validate settings on exit which is placed in the lower part of the displayed window and then presses the button OK.
If, on the other hand, you have a PC equipped with Windows XP (which in my opinion you would do well to replace as soon as possible with a more recent version of the OS seen and considering that this is no longer supported by Microsoft and no more security updates are released! ), the procedure to follow is slightly different from the one just seen but still quite simple. To change the IP address on Windows XP you must first click on the button Start and go to Control Panel. In the window that will open at this point, first click on Network and Internet connections and then Network Connections.
At this point, right-click the item Ethernet (if you are using a wired connection) or Local Area Connection (LAN) (if you are using a wireless connection) and select the item Property from the menu that opens to set the connection properties. Then select the item Protocollo Internet (TCP/IP) and click on it twice in a row and then, in the window that opens, set the IP you want to assign to your PC by placing the check mark next to the item Use the following IP address:. Then type the IP address you want to use in the field next to the item IP address:.
Finally, fill in the field next to the item Subnet mask: typing the subnet mask and typing the router IP address in the field next to the item Default gateway:. (also in this case, you can find these parameters by connecting to the configuration panel of your router). To apply all changes, put a check mark in the box next to the item Validate settings on exit which is placed in the lower part of the displayed window and then presses the button OK.
From the Mac
If you use a Poppy, you can instead change the IP address simply by acting on the section Network di System Preferences. To do this, click on the icon of System preference annexed to Dock or search for the latter via the Launchpad. Alternatively, click on the icon Spotlight located in the upper right part of the menu bar or on that of Siri (if you're using macOS Sierra) and call up system preferences.
In the window that at this point is shown on the screen, click on the icon Network and select the connection in use (eg. Wi-Fi) from the left sidebar then click on the button Go ahead ... located at the bottom right.
Then click on the tab TCP / IP, select the option Manually from the drop-down menu corresponding to the item Configure IPv4; and type the IP you want to use in the field that you find next to the item IPv4 address. To apply the changes made, click on the button OK present at the bottom right. Also make sure that in correspondence with the items Subnet mask: is Router: the correct data are present (you can find them indicated in the management panel of your router) otherwise you will not be able to surf the net.
Give Smartphone and Tablet
You are using a smartphone or tablet Android, are you connected to a Wi-Fi network and are you interested in understanding how to change the IP address? Then access the device screen in which all the apps are grouped and then go to the section Settings and select the item Wi-Fi give the menu that comes mostrato.
On the screen that will open at this point, locate the name of the wireless connection currently in use, press on it and continue to keep your finger pressed for a few moments. Then select the item Edit network from the menu that is shown to you, put the check mark next to the wording Show opzioni advance and set the option Static IP in the drop-down menu IP settings located at the bottom of the screen.
Compile by field IP address with the IP address you intend to use and make sure that all the other fields displayed are filled in correctly (you can find the required information by connecting to the router configuration panel).
If you have a device instead iOSbe it iPhone or iPad, you can change the IP address by accessing the home screen, pressing the icon of Settings and then selecting the item Wi-Fi give the menu to compare.
In the screen that opens, presses the button (I) located next to the name of the wireless connection currently in use, choose the tab Static and fill out the form that is proposed to you with all the addresses needed to configure the network