Question re: IP Address

Evaera asked 2 years ago

Hey,

I have a question regarding changing my public IP address. Currently, my public IP address is formatted as follows: 24.44.xx.xx.xxx

I have done a fair amount of reading on how to change it, and I've managed to do so several times simply by unplugging my router for a few hours. However, there is one thing I've noticed and am curious over. Every time I change the public IP address by unplugging my router for a few hours, I've noticed the "24.44" never changes. The only numbers to change are the ones denoted by the "x."

Is there a reason why this is the case? Additionally, is there a way to change the "24.44" to something else? If so, how? The second question in particular is something I've been wondering for a while and haven't been able to find the answer to, so I would greatly appreciate some insight by more experienced users because I haven't been able to figure out whether it's possible!

If necessary to know, my ISP is Optimum Online and I have an Optimum Online provided router and modem.

Thank you for reading.

1 Answers
Rob Vargas Staff answered 2 years ago

"I have a question regarding changing my public IP address. Currently, my public IP address is formatted as follows: 24.44.xx.xx.xxx"

Hey there, Evaera! Welcome to our forum.

Minor note: IP Addresses like the one you describe contain four numbers separated by periods. You show five. Not a big deal. Just thought you'd want to know.

"Every time I change the public IP address by unplugging my router for a few hours, I've noticed the "24.44" never changes. The only numbers to change are the ones denoted by the "x."

Is there a reason why this is the case?"
Yes. It's because your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is allocated some set of IP Addresses, all of which (in your area, at least) begin with 24.44.

Public IP Addresses are managed by this big group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, for short). They allocate addresses down to nations, and nations allocate them to backbone providers, who allocate... you get the picture. Each time the allocation drops down a level, the range of addresses gets narrower.

"Additionally, is there a way to change the "24.44" to something else? If so, how?"

Not without changing your ISP. And sometimes, even that may not work. If the range of IP addresses beginning with 24.44 was split between two local ISP's, it's possible you still wind up with that. I don't think that's likely, but it is possible.

Another FYI, those numbers in the IP address are called octets. Every one of these kinds of IP addresses (called IPv4) has four octets. The why isn't important to your question. As before, thought you'd want to know.

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