What Is IP Conflict?


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An IP conflict, or specifically an IP address conflict, occurs when two computers over the Internet or a local area network have the same IP address. An IP conflict occurring between two computers can result in either both or just one computer becoming unable to perform network operations.

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IP conflicts can occur for several reasons, including a manual system administration error, a malfunction in the DHCP server managing the network, or an error on the part of the Internet service provider that assigns two customers identical IP addresses. A computer that is configured to work with two or more network adapters can also experience an IP address conflict.

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