When you start up Firefox or Internet Explorer, the last thing you want to see is a plain, white screen
Both XP and Vista are supposed to be advanced, graphical operating systems, but when your connection goes down, you'll find the solution in the command prompt--specifically, the Ipconfig command. Short for "Internet Protocol configuration," Ipconfig is key to establishing and reestablishing your Internet connectivity. Invariably, this command, with its array of appended parameters, is what your ISP's tech support rep will tell you to
Here are five ways that you can raise your IP IQ and troubleshoot your connection yourself.
Web Connection Woes? Refresh Your IP Address
If you use DSL or cable broadband, you probably have a dynamic IP (Internet Protocol) address, which means that your PC's In
From time to time, however, this process doesn't be
Whether your system connects directly through a modem or via a router, the first step in getting an IP address assigned is to right-click the network icon in the system tray. From the resulting menu, select Repair. Windows will automatically flush the old ad
Most of the time, this op
Click Start, Run and type cmd. In Vista you can save a step simply by typing cmd in the Start Search box.
At the command prompt, type ipconfig to
By itself, Ipconfig does nothing more than display information. (Click the image here for a detailed view of Ipconfig's output.) To make it actually do something--like refreshing your IP address--you must add parameters preceded by a space and a forward slash. The two parameters that do the most effective job of repairing your Internet connection are '/release' and '/renew'.
Typing ipconfig /release in
Now type ipconfig /renew. If the command is successful, a new IP address, a subnet mask, and the default gateway will appear along with the DNS suffix (basically your ISP's address, such as comcast.net).