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Windows 7: IP error message: what do I do about this?


08 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
IP error message: what do I do about this?

I turned my computer on (Windows 7) and saw this...so what am I supposed to do about it?




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08 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

It would seem someone has set you up with a static ip address.
Are you familiar with changing the ip settings under your net device's properties?
Setting them to automatic (assuming the router supports this which most do)
should allow your machine to get it's own address on the network.
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08 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
It would seem someone has set you up with a static ip address.
Are you familiar with changing the ip settings under your net device's properties?
Setting them to automatic (assuming the router supports this which most do)
should allow your machine to get it's own address on the network.
I know how to find the URL for my router's settings, yes. Interesting that it's set up that way; the router's current settings are the default, as far as I know (it's a D-link).

So, just because I'm curious

What is the advantage/disadvantage to static versus dynamic IP addresses? Why would somebody want one or the other (especially if using a wireless router)?
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08 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Well, you probably don't need to access your router's settings for this. You can simply go to the Network and Sharing Center (right-click on your network icon in the bottom right-hand corner or access it through the Control Panel) and then click on "Change Adapter Settings". You would then right-click on your network adapter and click on "Properties", click on "Internet Protocol Version 4" and then click on "Properties" and set both the address and DNS to automatic and hit "OK" to ensure it commits the settings, it may take a few seconds.

You would set static when your router doesn't support DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) meaning it doesn't know how to automatically assign IP addresses, which these days in routers would be a rarity unless it's manually disabled. The advantage to static IP is that the device set with one will be reachable at that same address always meaning other devices don't need to attempt to define where this device is as it will always be at one address. This is particularly useful for network printers and servers, which are accessed by multiple users and must be pointed at by more than one device.; you can keep a consistent list of said devices and what their addresses are and always know that they are accessible at said assigned address. In terms of servers, think of web servers; they should definitely have static IPs as when you type in a website (e.g.: bing.com), DNS has to take that address and translate it to an IP address to get you your page. That IP address corresponds to a server(s) where this website is hosted. If static, then it will always be in one place, easily reachable and available. I like to equate it to a street address, as you keep it the same when you don't move, then your location is easy to find as the address is not changing. The downside to static addresses is that you have to configure them manually and know all your network settings and ensure that no addresses conflict as you cannot have the same address on two PCs in the same network.

Dynamic addresses have the advantage of not really requiring any configuration and are generally picked up from a router. Additionally, they can change and accomodate new devices coming into the network, not requiring you to maintain a list of the current IPs assigned letting the router do the work for you. The downside is they can change and are not always consistent. Although a PC (Windows PC anyway) will try to pull its last used IP address if connecting to the same network, if it's not available, it will simply attempt to pick another IP address that is available.

For the average home network with a wireless router, you can use dynamic addresses. Unless you're experimenting or have some specific reason you'd like to use static addresses, there is no reason to do so. Dynamic addresses will be fine and far less work than configuring each device with a specified IP address. Between ensuring conflicts like this don't occur and also keeping track of who has what IP, dynamic takes the leg work out and lets the router do the work.
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08 Dec 2011   #5

 

ipconfig /release all
then
ipconfig /renew
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08 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Static IP's are usefull when using port forwarding (although many routers will assign the same IP to to the same machine but not always) or if you are using IP address's to point to resources from other machines.
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09 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

You all rock!

I love this forum. Thank you for the feedback.
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09 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
Well, you probably don't need to access your router's settings for this. You can simply go to the Network and Sharing Center (right-click on your network icon in the bottom right-hand corner or access it through the Control Panel) and then click on "Change Adapter Settings". You would then right-click on your network adapter and click on "Properties", click on "Internet Protocol Version 4" and then click on "Properties" and set both the address and DNS to automatic and hit "OK" to ensure it commits the settings, it may take a few seconds.
I checked out those settings, and it looks like both were already set to automatic. Interesting. The error message has not resurfaced yet.
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09 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I tried that (in command prompt) and got an error message:

"The operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation"

What does that mean?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
ipconfig /release all
then
ipconfig /renew
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09 Dec 2011   #10

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