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Troubleshooting a Computer Not Getting an IP Address

There are few things as frustrating as not being able to connect to the internet, especially when your computer fails to get an IP address. An IP address is a unique number assigned to every device on a network. It enables devices to communicate with each other. If your computer isn't receiving an IP address, it usually means there's a glitch somewhere in the network chain.

Let's delve into how you can troubleshoot this issue and get back online.

Basic Checks

Restart Your Modem and Router

Unplug the power cables from both the modem and router. Wait for about 30 seconds and then plug them back in. It's a common trick known as "power cycling" that can clear out minor issues.

Check Network Adapter Settings

Release and Renew IP Address

You can force your computer to request a new IP from the router:

Reset Network Adapter

Disable & Enable the Network Adapter

Update Network Adapter Drivers

Sometimes, outdated drivers can cause issues. Visit the manufacturer's website or use Windows' built-in update function to get the latest drivers for your network adapter.

Check Router DHCP Settings

Ensure that DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is enabled on your router. This is what assigns IP addresses automatically. The process varies depending on the router brand, so refer to your router's manual.

Assign a Static IP Address

As a temporary measure, you can assign a static IP to your computer:

Check for Malware

In some cases, malware can interfere with your computer's network settings. Run a complete malware scan using trusted security software.


If you've gone through all these steps and still can't get an IP address, it might be time to consult with a professional or consider hardware replacement. It's possible that the network adapter or router could be faulty. Troubleshooting is a process of elimination, and with patience and persistence, you'll get to the root of the problem.

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Posted: 2023-10-05
By: dwirch
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