How to Access a Static IP Address

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One of the advantages of setting up a computer, printer or other piece of hardware with a static IP address is that you can access that device remotely, without having to update your remote access information each time the IP address changes. With a static IP address you can work on your office computer remotely, and you can even print your documents from miles away.

Things You'll Need

  • IP address

Connecting to a Computer

  • Check the IP address of the computer you wish to connect to by logging on to that computer, clicking on the "Start" button and choosing "Run" from the menu. Type "cmd" in the box, click "OK," and type "ipconfig" at the prompt. Write this IP address down.

  • Log on to your own computer and click on the "Start" button. Click on the "Run" command and type "mstc" in the box.

  • Click "OK," and then type the IP address of the PC you wish to connect to. Enter your user ID and password when prompted. You now see the remote computer, and you can control it from your PC.

Connecting to a Printer

  • Log on to your computer and click on the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" from the menu and double-click the "Printers and Faxes" icon.

  • Click on "Add Printer" and choose "Local Printer" from the menu. Make sure the "Automatically Detect" box is not checked. Choose "Create a New Port" and scroll down to "Standard TCP/IP Port."

  • Walk over to the printer and click on the "Networking" menu. Scroll through the menu to see the IP address. Enter that IP address and continue to set up the printer.

  • Choose the appropriate manufacturer and model for your printer and complete the installation. Print a test page to the printer to make sure you have good communication.

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