Obtain an IP Address Automatically

Published 06/08/2004 16:10   |    Updated 13/02/2009 13:09
How do I configure my computer to obtain an IP address automatically?

To avoid problems with IP address conflicts, it is best to configure your computer to obtain the IP address and DNS server settings automatically from your broadband router. Follow the appropriate instructions below for your own computer operating system.

 


 

Windows 2000/XP

  1. Click on Windows Start menu, then Settings / Control Panel, then click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the connection that you want to change and then click Properties.
  3. Under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then click Properties.
  4. Click Obtain an IP address automatically and then click Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

 


 

Windows Vista

  1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Centre and then clicking Manage network connections.
  2. Right-click the connection that you want to change and then click Properties. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties.
  4. Click Obtain an IP address automatically and then click Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

 


 

Mac OS X

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  2. Click the Network icon.
  3. From the Location drop-down list, select Automatic.
  4. From the Show drop-down list, select Built-in Ethernet (select Airport for a wireless connection).
  5. Select the TCP/IP tab.
  6. Configure TCP/IP to use DHCP.
    • In Mac OS X v10.3/10.4, from the Configure IPv4 drop-down list, select Using DHCP.
    • In Mac OS X v10.2, from the Configure drop-down list, select Using DHCP.
  7. Click the Apply Now button.

 

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