Can two people have the same IP address?

United States
January 16, 2009 1:25am CST
I am asking this question because I do several of the paid to click and paid to read sites. One site I keep getting error messages that say "someone from this IP address already clicked on this add." and then the site Workfromhome HQ I got a message that my account is under review because of having two accounts from this IP address. Now the IP address they have down for me is not the IP address that is listed on my computer. Does anyone know what is going on? Does anyone know how I can fix this problem I will tell you I only have one account for these sites and do not want to be kicked off for something that is not by fault. I will tell you my computer is new I got it for Christmas so I have only been using it since then. Any ideas? Any help? Thanks
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@egdcltd (7084)
16 Jan 09
two people can have the same IP address, but not at the same time. Unless you have a static IP with your ISP (which usually costs extra) you will be assigned a different one every time you re-connect to the internet. So, an IP address someone used to go online, then logged off, will become available for you to use. There will usually be very little variation in the addresses, as they will all show you from coming from the same area, but they can and do change.
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• Indonesia
17 Jan 09
I thing this is a good answer for you. When I downloading from a host, I got message that my IP address is currently downloading a file. This happen when I was connect from an internet cafe. The host just allowed one downloading for one IP address. So, I can tell you that two peoples can have the same IP address.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Nice. That was almost word-for-word waht I was going to say. I will add though that you don't have to get off the internet to get a new IP; most ISPs will reassign addresses every 24-48 hours no matter what.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
thanks for the information
@nigenh (167)
• India
16 Jan 09
its nt at all possible to have same IP's fr 2 diff computers, chances are that someone else other than you would have used your computer when you were not presence & would have visited their account in those sites or the possibility can be that those sites are making reasons not to pay u
• United States
20 Jan 09
You may be right they do not want to pay me, I did put in for a payment last week and have not gotten the money yet. I know no one has been on my computer because I use it at home and only my hubby and I live here. He does not use my computer he cannot even surf the web.
@nigenh (167)
• India
20 Jan 09
Then mostly the chances are that they are giving all these false reasons to not pay you. This is what I had concluded.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
You may be right I do have a payout waiting.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
19 Jan 09
My WorkfromhomeHQ was saying the same thing last week. I was going to ask my son if he was working on the site - he uses my computer - but I haven't really had a chance to talk to him. I was actually wondering if they were having problems on their end - my last payout took 2 days when they used to take 2 hours... As for the same IP address, anyone who uses your computer will have the same IP address, and sometimes if someone is sharing your connection you will have the same IP address - even though it should add a different number to the last series of digits for each computer using the connection.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I haven't seen that message since I've been home - was away for the weekend. It's strange that the other sites were saying the same thing... Unless someone else was using your computer...
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Eh, they're just trying to help you out :)
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• United States
22 Jan 09
I guess I just do not appreciate them then. I have to take mom shopping today I wish the dogs can take her instead of me.
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@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
19 Jan 09
No, It is not possib;e to have to IP adresses. But it is possib;e for the site to have one of your old IP addresses listed on their site. Such as if you can a new computer or move. I know I moved my IP address changed. Even staying with the same internet provider.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
I did get a new computer and that was when I started having problems.
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• Defiance, Ohio
19 Jan 09
I would explain to the site that you got a new computer and your internet provider issued you a new IP address. So, the old one is no longer valid. Explain that you did not knwo you had to report a change of Ip addresses and ask them how to go about doing so in order to get your account straighten out.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
thanks for your advise Rusty but this site does not have a link to contact them unless I just am that blind. I looked and looked and looked. I will tell you it has not happened again and I have been getting paid so far. Thank for your adivse
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Each individual computer has it's on IP (static) address. It doesn't change unless you change it. I don't think you could get online with the wrong address. But, each time you get online, your ISP may assign you to a network address. I don't think any two computers would ever have the same address. Have you explained to the companies that you only have one computer with one ISP address?
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks for the information
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Another possibility when you e.g. get banned due to IP (but the offender is not you) is that the administrator applied a wide ban - banning by geography which affects many many people.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
Lord I have not heard of such a thing it could be because it has not happened since.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
16 Jan 09
i donot think two people can get the sane IP address,legitemately but hackers are known to do such stuff.sometimes,i also get the same messege,there is an error in the system as two people are using the same IP address.
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• United States
16 Jan 09
So how do you fix it or how do you defend yourself if you kicked off of a site? I have a site that I am making about 5 dollars a week and like the little extra money I get and do not want to get kicked out because of an error message.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
16 Jan 09
i donot know how to fix it??when such an error occurs,i simply close down the site or take the help of some computer engineers,who fixes it for me.
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• United States
17 Jan 09
I have been told your IP address can change and so it is possible for someone else to have the same address as you do. I did not know that.
@sawatzky (69)
• Canada
18 Jan 09
Absolutely... but not at the same time. If your IP address lease is dynamic, someone may have had your IP address yesterday, or last week. Normally cable modem compnies give you the same IP address for long periods of time, even if you shut down... but they don't have to. If a new customer hooks up while your modem is shut down (maybe because you have the whole shebang on one power bar and shut everything down at the same time), they might get the IP address you were using. If you want to be sure your IP address never changes, you would normally pay a fee for a static IP address.
• United States
19 Jan 09
I do turn off my computer with when I walk away from it. I do not like it running when I am not on it I do not want to pay for the electricity when I am not using it.
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• Philippines
17 Jan 09
I think not.Because the IP may change in the fourth octet whenever each person is trying to access the website. maybe the computer was not able to trace it or read it well though. what you need to do id to try to clear your computer cache. TOOLSINTERNET OPTIONSDELETE BROWSE HISTORY BUTTON
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks, one site said I was listed as a different IP net. I think it was an error in the web page.
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• United States
17 Jan 09
I have a room mate and i have a wireless router that he get's his internet to work. I have my internet provider coming on monday so I will ask them then and see what they have to say about it. I am cluess on this hopefully they will answer my question then.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thank you I will look for ward to the information
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@sara007 (134)
• China
17 Jan 09
i do not think so
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks
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• United States
16 Jan 09
The user EGDCLTD gave you the right answer. Unless you have a static IP address assigned to your computer, your IP address, along with all the others users who use the same ISP, will change whenever you turn off and then turn on your computer. The ISP has a set number of IP addresses that they assign on a "first come - first serve" basis as different computers sign on to the ISP. It is very possible, and very probable, that someone else has also used the same IP address that you used when you first signed on to the website that you mentioned.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
I do turn off my computer at night and when I am not using it. I do not usually leave it on during the day if I am not on it. SO I may have two or three IP addresses during any given day.
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
16 Jan 09
Send a message to the site webmaster. If you established the address first it should be yours. It could be that someone is using your address.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
Thanks for the information
• United States
16 Jan 09
Two people can have the same IP address if you are using a proxy server such as AOL or Earthlink. It has to do with your internet service provider. Here is a link that you can use to see if you are using a proxy server: http://www.lagado.com/proxy-test If you are not using a proxy server then I would email the sites customer service or support and ask them what the issue is and how to resolve it.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
Jenny I did the test and I do not have a proxy and I did the second test and found I do not have a hidden proxy. Thanks that is a neat page.
@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
I am not really very knowledgeable about this IP thing. But I know that every pc has different ip address. Perhaps you were able to register another email account long time ago and you did register another account again. I really don't know thats one posible answer to your question.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
I do not know the answer either. I do know that I am the only person using this computer. It has not happened since then so maybe it was a fluke.
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@swatig (1187)
• India
16 Jan 09
Always keep the internet connection setting to dynamic ip address checked so that every time you switch-on the machine or log-on the internet, you will get different-ip address but to fix your problem, just clear the cookies and temperory files residing in the computer and then visit the site otherwise this problem not happening technically.
• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks for the information
@suman2008 (671)
• India
16 Jan 09
Yes,my friend I am also facing the same problem.Whenever I wish to download through Rapidshare ,free account.It is been written that your ip is being used so wait for a while to complete that download.I am not using any LAN connection.I amusing wireless connection but still I am facing this major problem.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
I do not use wireless so I could be using lan but I do not know how to check on the computer.
• United States
16 Jan 09
As far as I know only one line or household using the same internet connection can have the same IP address. No one outside of your household should have it. It's basically the address of the computer. So, unless someone else in your house who is using your computer is also doing those same sites, it shouldn't be a problem.
• United States
19 Jan 09
No one here using my computer on in the house. It is only my hubby and I in the house and no one visiting.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 09
Not that I know of so I think you need to contact the Site and make them aware of that it can cause Problems for you Hugs to you
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks for responding, Hugs to you
@hotsatya (240)
• India
16 Jan 09
Mary Chrismas, no 1 IP is not will work on two system on same time its make error on your system and after some time net will showing earror & both systems wil discoonect from internet. but if one system is running & secound system is shut down in this condition your system wil not dissconect. may your IP Address useing someone other.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks for the information. I do not know what went wrong.
• India
16 Jan 09
hi friend me too having this same doubt what to do i am also having problem with this
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• United States
16 Jan 09
I wonder if there is to many computers out there with the same address like a lot of cars with the same key.
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