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New IP address needed for new laptop?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jeb56, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    Plain english replies, please. Newbie here. :)
    I have a small home network, consisting of my computer which is wired to router and my wife's computer which is wirelessly connected. Just bought a new laptop with wi-fi. Worked fine until today. (I just installed free VOIP program from Netzero, if that makes a difference.)
    Laptop screen now says I need a new IP address. Also, when I turned it on, it gave similar IP error message to my wife's computer.
    1.Is the because of netzero VOIP?
    2. How do I establish a new IP address on my laptop? Or my wife's?
    Thank you!
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You know i have started to reply 3 different ways and im trying my darndest to keep it simple. I am going to assume you have windows xp, so click on start then run then type CMD (no caps needed) and depress the <enter> key. You will get a black window that pops up, at the flashing cursor type ipconfig and depress <enter>. Look for a number next too the words ip address and let us know what it is, we can go from there.
     
  3. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    New IP address cont't?

    I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    I did what you said.
    Here is what I have:

    Connection-specific DMS suffix _ :
    Link - local 1Pv6 address...:fe80::68d9:b82e:6175:a635%9
    IPv4 address....:192.168.1.101
    Sumnet Mask....:255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway...:192.168.1.1

    Followewd by several media adapters disconnected
    One tunnel adapter says

    Tunnel adapter local area connection*9:
    connection-specific DNS suffix . :
    Link-local IPv6 address..:fe80::5efe:192.168.1.101%13

    That's about it.
     
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Then your machine has an ip what netzero wants i am uncertain. I will be happy to help try to resolve it but i will not get a chance to dig into this until later this evening. Read what you can about the software and see what its asking for or why it would need/want another ip?
     
  5. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    So you think NETZERO is the problem?
    I could just remove it, but I really want VOIP.
    Just thought I would try NZ. It is free.
     
  6. r0by

    r0by Guest

    im thinking is has something to maybe do with port redirection in the linksys router, i couldn't get a certain app. working because the router, by default, blocked almost everything. Just a thought that popped in my head, hope it helps.
     
  7. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    I just tested netzero and it works fine, but is too expensive.
    I will remove it from computer.
    However, I plan to find another voip service.
    Googling now.
    Will IP address issue still exist?
     
  8. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Netzero just may have been wanting a connection but just had a strange way of asking. I know your trying to get around paying but I use vonage myself with a cable connection and have no issues. Granted its 24 a month but its free to all of the US and Canada and alot of Europe. But there are lots out there, the only problem you are going to run into is all the free ones make the person on the other side use the same program or you pay for the service.
     
  9. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    Yes, you are correct. I expect to pay for VOIP. After further study, appears Netzero at $14.95/month is comparable to Vonage at $24/month. So, I guess my question is, "Do I change the IP address?" If so, how? I will probably end up with Netzero or Vonage. Either one seems a good deal. If I can make it work without screwing up home network. You are very helpful, and I appreciate your good advice.
     
  10. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You shouldnt have to change your ip or do anything with your network it should just work. What exactly is it telling you to do? Voip as a whole has progressed a long ways in the last couple years and works surprising well if you get a stable service. I will suggest this to you, make sure whoever you decide to try first, you dont get roped into anything that going to cost you to disconnect if you hate it. I will look into netzero right now to see if i can find anything.
     
  11. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Something that would make me rather hesitant about netzero voice is they are not currently taking signups. Not saying the service is not good but what company will not take your money if they have a great product and reliable service?
     
  12. jeb56

    jeb56 LI Guru Member

    I am sorta embarrassed. I opened NZ Voice today and ran it on home network, and it caused no conflicts. Intermittent problems are the worst. Guess I'll just use it until it gives another error message and ask you then.
    Thanks?
     

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