How to Change Your External IP Address

It has been some time now that I have been trying to change my external IP address. This is the IP address that is displayed when you Google “what is my ip” or more formally known as the WAN IP address (wide area network). I could get my IP to change but it required over an hour and much frustration and even having to set up my home network all over again. So if any of you need to change your external IP for any reason (being banned from a website or a game), I have written down some simple instructions that helped me. I am using a Belkin N1 Vision Router and a Motorola modem.


  • Open up any internet browser and type the address to your router. In my case I type to access the router controls.


  • On the left hand side you should see your different controls. Navigate to Mac Address and enter the password to the router if there is one. In my case I have none. You will then see a Wan Mac Address. Change one or two of the numbers and apply changes. This will disconnect you from the internet for the time being.

  • Once you have changed the routers mac address, unplug your computer from the router and turn it off. Unplug the router from the modem and directly plug in your pc instead.
  • Go to Control Panel –> Network and Internet –> Network and Sharing Center and click change adapter settings.
  • Right click Local Area Connection and click properties.
  • double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  • Select “Use the following IP address” and enter a bunch of 1’s and then hit tab. This will fill in the Subnet mask for you. Click Ok out of both screens that are now open.

  • Wait about 30 seconds or so and then follow the same process as above but this time select obtain an IP address automatically.
  • Go to Google and type “my ip” and see if it has changed. If it has, plug your computer back into the router and plug your router back into the modem. Apply settings on your router page and you have successfully changed your IP!


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