How to Create a Static IP Address


A static IP address is a fixed or permanent IP address for a given computer on the Internet. Most often, your computer will use a dynamic IP address, which means it changes from time to time. There are some situations in which a static IP address may be necessary. Running a Web site from a computer is one of the most common reasons for obtaining a static IP address.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet

Setting up a static IP address

  • Click "Start".

  • In Windows XP, click "Run", and type "command" in the run box. In Windows Vista, type "command" in the search box. Click "OK".

  • Type "ipconfig /all", then press enter.

  • Write down or print all of the information that displays on the screen.

  • Type "EXIT" and press "Enter".

  • Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel".

  • Double click "Network Connections".

  • Right-click your Internet connection and select "Properties".

  • Click the "Properties" button.

  • Click "Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)", then select "Properties".

  • Write down or print all of the information on the window that comes up.

  • Choose an IP address and enter it into the "IP Address" box. The IP address you enter should be identical to the IP address you wrote down when you ran "ipconfig", except for the last number. The last number can be anything between 1 and 254.

  • Click "OK" until the menu box closes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have Internet connectivity problems after setting up your static IP address, change the configuration back to what it was initially.

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