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How to set a static IP address on a PC

How to set a static IP address on a PC

There are a lot of advantages to assigning a static IP Address to your computer. Maybe you are running a Mumble, Ventrilo, or Plex server and need the IP address to be the same in order to set up the port forwarding correctly on your router, modem, or firewall. Maybe you just want the IP Address to be the same for easier access or file access. No matter what, it is an incredibly simple process that can be done by anyone. See below for the guides to set a static IP address in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows XP.

Windows 8 Static IP Configuration

1. Type “Network and Sharing Center”, select “Settings” on the right, and click the application icon on the left side of the screen

Windows 8 Network and Sharing center

 

 

 

 

2. Click on “Local Area Connection” of your network and select “properties”

Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center

 

 

 

3. Highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4″ and click properties

Windows 8 Network Adapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Select “Use the following IP Address” and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway that you want. If you don’t know what to put here, open command prompt (Press start and type “cmd” and hit enter), type “ipconfig” and hit Enter to get your current IP address, subnet mask, and gateway.¬†Click “Use the following DNS Servers” and enter your DNS Servers for the computer. (if you don’t know, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are Google’s DNS, which I recommend) Check “validate settings upon exit” and hit OK.

Windows 8 IPv4 Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Close all windows, and you now have a static IP address assigned to your computer!

 

Windows 7 Static IP Configuration

1. Click on your Start button and type “Network and Sharing Center”

Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center

 

 

2. Click on “Local Area Connection” of your network and select “properties”

Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center

 

 

 

3. Highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4″ and click properties

Windows 7 Network Adapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Select “Use the following IP Address” and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway that you want. If you don’t know what to put here, open command prompt (Press start and type “cmd” and hit enter), type “ipconfig” and hit Enter to get your current IP address, subnet mask, and gateway. Click “Use the following DNS Servers” and enter your DNS Servers for the computer. (if you don’t know, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are Google’s DNS, which I recommend)Check “validate settings upon exit” and hit OK.

Windows 7 IPv4 Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Close all windows, and you now have a static IP address assigned to your computer!

 

Windows XP Static IP Configuration

1. Click on your Start button and click on Control Panel

2. Go to “Network Connections” (if you don’t see that, select “small icons” at the top right)

2. Right-Click on “Local Area Connection” of your network and select “properties” and then “properties” again in the next window.

3. Highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4″ and click properties

4. Select “Use the following IP Address” and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway that you want. If you don’t know what to put here, open command prompt (Press start and type “cmd” and hit enter), type “ipconfig” and hit Enter to get your current IP address, subnet mask, and gateway. Click “Use the following DNS Servers” and enter your DNS Servers for the computer. (if you don’t know, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are Google’s DNS, which I recommend). Check “validate settings upon exit” and hit OK.

5. Close all windows, and you now have a static IP address assigned to your computer!

 

 

Note: I did not include Vista as it seems to be the least used of these operating systems. If you need a guide for Vista, it is almost identical to Windows 7.

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  • http://Techderp.net/ Moscato SugarRush

    One favorite trick of mine, is to use static IP addresses for opening firewall ports.

    It lets you open ports for individual computers, but not the whole network.

    I keep a few ports open for blizzard games, and steam, manually. It actually makes things a fair deal faster, and less buggy

    • http://techraptor.net/ Rutledge Daugette

      I have my computer set to static for this very reason. Utorrent, Plex, Ventrilo, Mumble, etc all have ports open to my PC’s IP. You’re right, it makes everything incredibly faster.

      • http://Techderp.net/ Moscato SugarRush

        Sexy

        Just a tip, open the ports to steam. Anything that uses steamworks will run faster.

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