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Title: Assigning static IP address on a wireless computer

Article ID: 3954


Why should we assign a static IP address?

Assigning a static IP address to a computer allows it to use the same IP address every time.  This is in contrast to having a router assign a dynamic IP address to your computer where the IP address changes every time you connect and reconnect to the wireless network.

Assigning a static IP address on the computer is useful when: Choose your computer’s operating system from the following links to proceed with assigning it a static IP address:

Windows 8/8.1
Windows Vista/7
Windows XP
Mac® OS

Windows 8/8.1
 
Step 1:
Right-click on the Network Connections icon located at the system tray then click Open Network and Sharing Center.

Step 2:
Click on Change adapter settings.

Step 3:
Right-click on the Wi-Fi adapter icon and click Properties.

Step 4:
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click Properties.

Step 5:
Select Use the following IP address and enter the necessary information on the IP address, Subnet mask and Default gateway fields.

NOTE:  The Default gateway is your router's local IP address.

Step 6:
Select Use the following DNS server addresses then enter the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server addresses which are obtained from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Step 7:
Click OK.

Windows Vista/7

Step 1:
Click the Start button then click Control Panel.

Step 2:
Under Network and Internet, click View network status and tasks.

Step 3: 
Click Wireless Network Connection.

Step 4:
Click Properties.

Step 5:
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

Step 6: 
Select the Use the following IP address: radio button and enter the necessary values on the IP address, Subnet mask and Default gateway fields.

NOTE:  In this example, the IP address of the router used in the Default gateway field is “192.168.1.1” while the Subnet mask used is “255.255.255.0” and the static IP address for the computer is “192.168.1.50”.

Step 7:
Click the Use the following DNS server addresses: radio button and enter the Preferred and Alternate DNS server IP addresses which are obtained from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Step 8:
Click OK to save the changes.

Windows XP

Step 1:
Click the Start button, select Settings then click Control Panel.

 

Step 2:
On the Control Panel window, double-click the Network Connections  icon when in Classic View or click Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections when in Category View.

Step 3:
Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon and click Properties.

Step 4:
On the Wireless Network Connection Properties window, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) then click Properties.

Step 5:
Click the Use the following IP address: radio button and enter the IP address, Subnet mask and Default gateway in their respective fields.

NOTE:  In this example, the IP address of the router used in the Default gateway field is “192.168.1.1” while the Subnet mask used is “255.255.255.0” and the static IP address for the computer is “192.168.1.50”.

Step 6:
Click the Use the following DNS server addresses: radio button and enter the Preferred and Alternate DNS server IP addresses which are obtained from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). 

Step 7:
Click OK to save the changes.

Mac® OS

Step 1:
Click the Apple menu located at the upper-left corner of the screen, then select System Preferences.

Step 2:
Under System Preferences, click Network.

Step 3:
On the Network screen, set the Location to Automatic then select AirPort in the Show drop-down arrow.

Step 4:
Click TCP/IP.  Set Configure IPv4: to Manually and enter necessary values on the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router and DNS Servers fields respectively.

NOTE:  In this example, the IP address of the router used is “192.168.1.1” while the Subnet Mask used is “255.255.255.0” and the static IP address for the computer is “192.168.1.50”.

Step 5:
Click Apply Now to save your settings.
 

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