Quote: Originally Posted by rms8581
I am pretty certain that I have a dynamic IP address. I went to Belkin's router set-up page (126.96.36.199) and I seem to be configured as dynamic. It was always assigned this way.
That doesn't necessarily mean anything. It's probably talking about your Internal IP.
I'm sure you already know this, but here is a quick lesson on IP's and NAT.
Your computer has 2 IP addresses, an external one, and an internal one. Think of your router as a telephone switchboard, or a receptionist, it handles incoming "calls" and directs them to the right person (or computer)
Your external IP is the one that everyone outside your network (IE on the internet) see's, and connects to your router. Think of it like a telephone number, everybody "dials" your IP address to connect to you.
By contrast, your internal IP, (the 192.168.whatever.whatever) is purely for use on your network. Think of it like a telephone extension. Your router hands out IP addresses using something called DCHP, which is what the dynamic most likely stands for on your router setup. Your router recieves the incoming data, and then redirects it to the right internal "extension" this is how many people can share the same Internet connection even though you all have one external IP.
Ip release/renew is absolutely pointless if you are behind a router, because all it does is refresh your computers INTERNAL
IP, to the outside world this makes not one jot of difference, because the external IP remains the same.
If you have a dynamic external IP (and most home ISP's do) then the only way to refresh the external IP is to reboot the router/modem. The quickest and easiest way to do this is look at the status page of your router, if you see the EXTERNAL IP change between reboots (I.E one that doesn't read 192.168.1.x) then you have dynamic, otherwise you are SOL I'm afraid.
Hope it helps
So, lets say you send a request for Sevenforums, (As in, you click a link, or type the address in) The SF server sends the data to your external