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Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

Havel
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Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

Hi. I was just banned from a forum because apparently my IP address was the same as another user who had previously been banned from their site. I know my IP address changes if I switch my router off or if the connection drops, so is it possible that I might have temporarily ended up with the same IP address as someone else?
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Superuser
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Re: Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

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so is it possible that I might have temporarily ended up with the same IP address as someone else?
It's not possible for you to allocated the same address that someone else currently has but it could well be that you have been allocated the one they had at the time they were banned. It's not very clever of the forum concerned to ban by IP address, since they are dynamically assigned and over a period of time could well be allocated to a number of people.
Havel
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Re: Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

Urgh, that's what I thought  Sad I have no way of proving that it wasn't me either, so I guess there's not much I can do about it.
Superuser
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Re: Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

If your router hasn't been switched off then you MAY have a record in the log as to when you were allocated the IP address. Whether that will provide sufficient proof depends...
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Re: Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

Have they actually banned your username or just the IP? If it's the latter then disconnecting from Plusnet using the router's GUI, then reconnecting should get you a new one which hopefully will be OK.
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Havel
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Re: Same IP address as another Plusnet user?

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Have they actually banned your username or just the IP? If it's the latter then disconnecting from Plusnet using the router's GUI, then reconnecting should get you a new one which hopefully will be OK.

They banned my whole account because of the IP. Ah well.