How to Change COM Port Assigned to Modem on Your Computer

When you connect a modem to your computer using an Ethernet cable, your PC assigns a COM Port number to establish the communication. In many Modem related troubleshooting guides, we provide the step release or change the COM port number assigned to the modem. Instead of repeating the same steps in multiple guides, it is better to write a supporting article for our other network troubleshooting guides. In this tutorial, we give step by step instructions to release or change the COM Port assigned to the modem on your computer.

Steps to Release COM Port Assigned to Modem

  1. Go to Device Manager. To do this follow the steps provided in the link below.

    How to Access Device Manager

  2. Double Click on Modem listed in Device Manager

  3. Click on the Advanced Tab in Modem Properties Window

  4. Click on Advanced Port Settings

  5. Change COM Port Number: Click on the drop-down menu near COM Port Number to do this. If an even number assigned to your modem, the new number must be an even number.

    For example, if the existing COM port number is 2, you can assign even numbers like 4,6, etc. If the existing COM port number is an odd number, you must assign an odd number only. For example, if the existing COM Port number is 1, you can use other odd numbers like 3,5,7, etc.

    It is important, never change an odd number with an even number while changing the COM Port Number.

  6. Restart Computer

After reboot, your computer will assign the new COM Port Number assigned to the modem.

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After releasing and assigning new COM Port Number for your modem, you may be anxious to check the Internet speed you are getting.

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The following link tells how to check it using various tools.
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