File sharing takes place all day every day from many computers worldwide. It seems you need to skip around between the file-sharing services as they impose restrictions such as a download and time limit. All is well if you can find the file you need from a different website, but what if you’ve already downloaded one file, and you need another from the same site but you’ve reached your download limit? How does one bypass these restrictions imposed by the file-sharing sites?

Bypassing download limits could be as simple as getting a new IP address. Websites look at your IP address as a name. You’re known by your name on the Internet, and sometimes you can only show up once or twice at certain websites.

However, you can assume a brand new identity by obtaining a new address (a new name) and return to the sites you’ve been restricted from accessing. We’ll be looking at how quick and effective this nifty technique really is.

Bypass the Download Limit on the Fly

Identifying the Restrictions is one such site where the Premium account is the necessary route to having no download restrictions. The free account only allows a file download once every three hours.

Attempting to download a file before the restriction has been lifted will result in the following message, indicating “you have reached the max. number of possible free downloads this hour.”

Is there a way around this? Well, there always seems to be! The way monitors multiple downloads within a specific time frame is using your IP address. If the address you use to download one file is “11.22.333.44” then attempting another download from the same IP will obviously raise a red flag.

If, however, you were to download from the same site with your neighbors connection (given they haven’t downloaded from the same site as well), and thus a different IP, the website will look upon that download as a fresh one for the time restriction to then begin after the file. The same concept applies when you get a new address for your own connection.

How to Get a New IP Address

Before obtaining a new IP, it’s important to note that some of you may have a static IP with your service provider. This means your IP is always the same, as it’s been dedicated to your subscription with them. This means no matter how many times you attempt a refresh of the address, it won’t change and therefore won’t be reflected with the file sharing site. For the rest of us, however, how have dynamic (changing) addresses, the following will work.

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If you’ve ever released and renewed your private IP address from within your network, you’ll understand the external IP acts in a similar manner. If you have a router plugged in between your computer and the Internet, the following will apply.

Open the routers configuration page and then find an administrative or similar section. In our WRT150N router, the page is called “Status > Router.”


Under the “Internet Connection” section is where the IP address info and release and renew buttons are. Notice our IP address is currently ending in “211.33.” This is the address views us at. They know we downloaded a file from this address and that’s why the limit has been initiated.

To get a new IP address, click “IP Address Release.”


The page will refresh and show no IP address. No connections can be made when in this mode, as no address is available for which to communicate on.


You can then press “IP Address Renew” to get a brand new address, like shown below where number has changed from “211.33” to “211.42.”


The address is brand new, so the file sharing website looks at any new download as if it were coming from a fresh location, regardless of your previous download on a very similar address.

Depending upon the make and model of your router, the method to access its admin page may vary. If you are not aware about the access IP, just search for it on Google. For Eg. If you use a Belkin router, search “How to acess Belkin Router admin page”. Follow the instructions and access the page. Once there, follow the above mentioned process to change your IP address.

For those who have a static IP (which isn’t very common), you can use a Proxy server to bypass download restrictions. Read our guide about setting up a Proxy server in Windows 8. Once you set up the Proxy you can change your IP as often as needed.


Don’t mask your IP address with slow proxies just to download multiple files from a file sharing site. Simply get a new IP address and you’ll be acting as a brand new visitor. It’s free, easy, and rightfully effective.

  • Joe

    I have comcast with a static IP. Most people are assigned a static with comcast. The above article doesnt cover that or mention that or explain that. It is not a good article and the above directions will not work
    for comcast users.

    I am in IT and I really don’t understand people who write technical articles
    that do not have an understanding of the subject and are fostering

    • Joe, the first paragraph of content under ‘How to get a new IP address’ mentions what happens in the case of a static IP.

    • Mike Mounier

      Don’t get me started.

      Ok, get me started. Often it’s incomplete information; like if, to respond to “how to do xyz”, the key points are 1, 2, and 3, you will get only 1 and 2. Sometimes you get straight up wrong info though… this just happened yesterday in fact. Again, it was “how to do xyz”, and the author did this: “1st method”, followed by details… “2nd method”, followed by details… then, the very last sentence of the piece was “you can also do it by “, followed by NO details. This last seemed strange… why no details for the 3rd method, which is very much in contrast to the first two methods? Why toss it in like that, at the end, almost as an afterthought? The answer, which I confirmed for myself, is because you CAN’T do it by the 3rd method, only by the first two. It came across as “I’ve heard of a 3rd method, called , but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t give you any details—can’t even guarantee it works, really—so I’m gonna include it to show how smart I am but I will do so in an offhand way, hoping you, the reader, won’t pay it much mind,” lol. 🙂

  • amir

    @ShishirKinkar:disqus This is ONLY APPLICABLE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DYNAMIC IP ADDRESSES FROM THEIR ISP, So your mention of this implied in the first para is not true, so few bunches of misinformation can lead to a MAJOR MISINFORMATION, rather than few bits of incorrect informations….

  • refriedfood

    If it’s not by IP, just delete your cookies, dude…

  • Matihood1

    Not working. I always receive the same IP Adress even though it says “Dynamic IP” above. Any ideas?

  • KingGym TlhugLife

    download hola and change countr, works. deleting cookies didnt work for me

  • jaceks1918

    Is the author idiot? “involved in the IT, particularly a System Admin”

    the whole article is equal to one phrase: “change your IP”
    If you consider that anonymous download speed is limited, the slow proxies don’t matter and are much more flexible

  • bostonkid

    My situation is a little unique so I realize this wont work with everyone. At home the Internet that I use for my computer and other wifi connected devices comes directly from my mobile phone. I have an unlimited data plan with sprint and a rooted phone, sprint doesn’t charge me any extra $ for all the data I use plus the internet speed I get from mobile wifi is comparable to normal internet so I don’t feel any need to buy Internet from the cable company. With that said whenever I want to change my IP Address it’s as simple as rebooting my cell phone and turning my mobile hotspot back on.