IP Address Conflicts in Windows®
What are the causes of IP address conflicts issues in Windows and how to resolve them?
Windows is one of the most commonly used Operating Systems because it is user-friendly. It provides various tools and options to enhance your computing experience. Most of the Windows Operating Systems support networking which means you can connect multiple computers to form a computer network. Once the network is configured, you can share data and other system resources. TCP/IP is the network protocol used to connect computers in the network. Each computer in the network should have a unique IP address which falls under same IP range to be the part of the network. The IP address is the identity of the computer in the network and if there is an IP conflict, computer with the conflicting IP may fail to communicate with other computers is the network.
Some of the possible causes of IP address conflicts and tips to resolve the issue are given below:
- Possible causes
- Renew or Reconfigure IP address
- Update Firmware
There are several reasons for the conflicts of IP address to occur. The main and the most common reason is two computers having same static IP address assigned by the system administrator. The malfunction of DHCP server also causes conflicts in IP addresses. In this situation, the server assign same IP address for different computes in a network. Another possible reason is due to the ISP, which sometime accidentally assigns same IP address for two customers.
Renew or Reconfigure IP address
One of the possible solutions for resolving the IP address conflicts is by renewing or reconfiguring the IP address. In case of renewing IP address, we can release a new IP address and can be renewed using command prompt. If the problem is due to the same static IP address then, we can reconfigure the IP address and can resolve the conflicts. If our computer is using a static IP address then use a different IP address on the same subnet and assign a unique IP address for each computer in the network. Ping the IP address to check it.
In rare cases, the IP address conflicts occur due to malfunctioning of the DHCP servers. This is usually occurred on wireless routers in the network. Sometimes, more than one router is used in the network and both routers try to supply IP address. In such cases, you need to disable the DHCP of one router and lets other router serves the IP. In some cases, the DHCP server will assign same IP address for different computers over the network thereby, resulting in IP address conflicts. This is not a common issue and will occur rarely. But in this situation, we can remove the malfunctioned DHCP server or can update it with a new firmware.
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