How to Set a Static IP Address on the Computer


A static IP address is one that never changes on the computer. Many Windows networks have dynamic IP addresses assigned to the network card, so the administrator does not need to assign an IP address to each machine. However, computers that act as servers need a static IP address to properly serve clients. IP addresses are the numbers that are unique to the machine on the network. When communication packages are sent and retrieved, this address is used to locate the machine on the network.

Things You'll Need

  • Available IP address and DNS server settings from your ISP (Internet service provider)
  • Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click the "Network and Internet Connections" icon.

  • Right-click the network connection for your computer and select "Properties." This opens a configuration window where you set the static IP address.

  • Click the icon labeled "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click "Properties." This opens a new dialog window. Select "Use the following IP address," which enables more text boxes.

  • Enter the static IP address you want to use for the computer. Enter the gateway in the IP address text box underneath. A gateway is the router that transports information from the internal network to the Internet.

  • Enter the two DNS server addresses used by your ISP. These servers translate the domain name to the website's IP address. Once you enter these settings, click the "OK" button.

  • Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must assign a unique static IP address on the network.

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