How to Assign Static IP Address to Your Devices

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By default, your router assigns dynamic IP Address to every device that connects to it. This is called DHCP (short for Dynamic Host Control Protocol). But sometimes, we need our devices to have the same IP address (i.e. Static IP) every time it connects to the network. Reason being,

  • Access your computer from the Internet.
  • Share data between two devices on the same network.
  • Quickly access your Network Printer or NAS.
  • Use your computer as a media server.
  • Or your work WiFi requires you to use Static IP address.

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What IP address should you choose?

If two devices on the network have the same IP address, then there will be conflicts. The Internet won’t work on one of them or both, depending on your router. So, it’s important to assign a unique IP address to your computer. There are a couple of ways to pick an unused IP address.

For instance– first  find your device’s IP address , say it’s  192.168.1.7 ; then keep the first three values (i.e. 192.168.1) as it’s and replace the last digit with some far number like  192.168.1.222 . Though make sure the last digit should be between a  0-255  range.

Assigning Static IP address to most devices is easy, just go to its network settings, look for DHCP option and turn it OFF. Once you do that, you’ll see a text area to enter Static IP address. Enter the new IP address there, save changes and that’s it.

So let’s see how to Assign Static IP address to various Operating Systems

1. Assign IP Address on Windows 10/8/7

You can do this quickly through the command line. You will need to first find your subnet mask, default gateway, and network adapter name. In my case, I’m on a Wi-Fi network, so the adapter name is Wi-Fi. To find yours just type the following command.

Once you get the output, find for the Network Adapter which has IP listed under it. The adapter name is a one-word name suffixed to the end of the Network Title. You will also need the Subnet mask and the Default Gateway Address.

adapter_name_command_line

Once you have the adapter name, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway, run the following command.

Wherein, Wi-Fi should be replaced by your adapter name and the IP, subnet mask and gateway address according to your configuration.

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This will change your IP address from DHCP to manual with the static IP address you have specified.

In case you find it too confusing, you are not alone. You can do the same via GUI which is much more intuitive. You’ll need the  Subnet Mask and Default Gateway Address . You can refer to the above step on how to find these details. Once you have noted down the address, click on  Start  Menu and type in  Network and Sharing Center.  Click once you see the Network and Sharing Center Icon.

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Alternatively, if you are in Windows 10 then you can right-click on the Start menu and click on “ Network Connections “.

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A new window will open, click on  Change Adapter Options.

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Right Click on your Current Network Adapter ( like WiFi)  and choose  Properties.

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When the new window pops up, select  Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)   and click on  Properties.

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Once you get the pop-up window, select “ Enter the IP address you want ” and fil the IP Address, For Subnet Mask , and Default Gateway Address enter the values that you have noted down previously. Next, click on OK to save changes.

Manual_IP_Settings

To switch to dynamic IP, click on Obtain the IP address automatically. Once this is enabled, your system will start picking an IP address dynamically from the router.

2. How to setup static IP on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can set a static IP Address via the terminal or GUI. Firstly, let’s start with the command line. Right-click anywhere on the desktop to open the terminal.

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Once the terminal window opens, we need to run a command. We need the subnet mask and network adapter name in order to set a static IP and to get that, run the following command on the terminal.

set static ip address router

Once you have the subnet mask noted down, in my case, it’s 255.255.255.0, we can proceed further.

It is pretty simple and straight forward. We need to open the Network Adapter settings. To do that, click on the Network Icon at the top right corner of the desktop.

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Now, navigate on the active network and click on the expand button for more options. Click on Wired Settings to open the Network menu.

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Once you get the Wired Settings dialogue, make sure you are on the Network page. Click on the Settings icon beside the active network to open the adapter properties.

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When you get the pop-up, navigate to the IPv4 tab to change the IP settings.

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On the IPv4 tab, select the radio button which says “ Manual “. Some text fields will appear, you need to enter the IP address, Netmask and Gateway accordingly. Once it is validated, you can click on the Apply button to register the changes.

static_IP_GUI_Ubunty

Again you need to restart the network for the changes to take effect. You can do it manually via command line or just switch off and switch on the Network adapter. Once done, run ifconfig on the terminal to check the IP address. It should be the same IP address which you have specified earlier.

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3. How to setup static IP on Mac

If you are on macOS, setting static IP is quite similar to that of Ubuntu. But, here you don’t need the subnet mask or Default Gateway Address. Right click on the apple icon at the top left corner of the desktop. Click on  System Preferences  from the dropdown list.

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Once the System Preferences dialogue box displays, navigate to Network and click on it to open the Network Settings

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Alternatively, you can also hit Cmd+Space to trigger the Spotlight search. Type “ Network ” in the search bar and click on the icon once it appears. This will directly navigate you to the Network Settings.

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From the pop-up window, select an active network interface. For example, I am connected to a WiFi network so my active network is  Wi-Fi. Make sure you are on the active network tab and then click on  Advanced .

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A new window will open the configuration settings for that adapter. Move over to the IP settings by clicking on the TCP/IP tab .

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From the Configure IPv4 menu, choose Using DHCP with manual address.  Enter a static IP address in the IPv4 Address and leave the Subnet Mask and Router field as default. Click Ok to save the changes.

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Now when you do an ifconfig, the system should be using the static IP you have defined in the previous times. If the IP’s have not changed, try restarting the Wi-Fi and it should fix it.

To switch back to dynamic IP, move back to “ Using DHCP ” from the Configure IPv4 menu.

4. How to setup static IP on Android

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The network which you are connected to should be on top of the list. Tap on the settings icon beside the Wi-Fi network name.

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Once the pop-up opens, you will see IP settings at the bottom of the menu. The default option is “DHCP”. Tap on it to change the IP configuration.

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Select “ Static ” from the presented drop-down menu. Enter the desired IP address and leave the other options as default. Make sure that other devices are not using the same IP. You can see the IP address of the other devices in your network by using a small utility called Fing . For a detailed process, check our article on how to find the IP Address of any Device on your network . Once you have entered the IP, click on Save to register the change. Now, your Android phone should start using the desired IP Address.

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In almost all the Android version, you get the option to set static IP Address. For some rare older Android versions, you can use a third-party app like  WiFi Static . It’s free and it doesn’t require ROOT.

To switch back to dynamic IP, repeat the same procedure and select “DHCP” from the IP settings instead.

5. How to setup static IP on iPhone and iPad

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, then you can set static IP Address natively. You would need the Subnet Mask of your network. This can be obtained from the Wi-Fi settings and we would see to it in the further steps. To get started, click on the Settings icon in the dock to get to the Settings menu.

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Now on the Settings menu page, tap on Wi-Fi to get to the Wi-Fi settings.

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On the Wi-Fi page, you should see your connected Wi-Fi network at the top. Click on the “i” button beside it. This will open the Wi-Fi configuration window.

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Once the Wi-Fi settings page appears, you will see an option called “ Configure IP “. By Default, this would be set to automatic. Just below this option, you will see “ Subnet Mask “, note it down as we will need it in the further steps. In order to set static IP, we need to change Configure IP it to Manual. Tap on it and it will open the IPv4 settings page.

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There should be 3 options available on the “Configure IPv4” page. Select “ Manual ” from it. As soon as Manual IP is enabled, you will get extra text fields at the bottom to enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router. We need to fill in the IP Address of our choice and Subnet Mask which we noted down in the previous step. Now, after you fill both the fields, the save button at the top right corner will be enabled. Click on it to save the static IP configuration.

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Now, when you return to the Wi-Fi settings page, you will see your device is using the Static IP address. This should be the same IP address we have set in the IP configuration menu.

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This static IP address will be applicable only to that particular Wi-Fi network. In case, you connect to some other Wi-Fi network the IP will change accordingly.

6. How to setup static IP to any Device from Router

Other network devices like your  Wireless Printer, PS4, NAS, IP Camera, Raspberry Pi , etc. do not have an Interface. Hence, in order to configure the network, either you have to connect remotely or use the router. If you have access to the router, setting Static IP for network devices is the easiest and convenient way. I would recommend this method over any other.

So, to assign a Static IP Address to any network device, you need to login to the web portal of the router. The web portal address, username, and password are mostly printed behind the router. In case you don’t have physical access to the router, the web portal URL is mostly the PC’s gateway address. To find that, open command prompt and type the following command.

Once you have the web portal loaded, log in with the credentials. Now every router has a different web UI, but the overall structure is the same. Basically,  you will have to link the IP Address to the Mac Address and Hostname of the device. So, we need to find the MAC address & Hostname of the network device. To do that, look for DHCP client list which should look something like the following screenshot.

MAC_address_Router

You can get your MAC Address & Hostname under DHCP Client list. Once, you have the MAC address & Hostname noted down, we can proceed further. On most of the routers, you will have the option to set a Static IP under the section  IP Mac binding or DHCP Static IP  option. In case you are on a custom ROM like dd-wrt, head over to Services tab and you will have DHCP Server . Under DHCP Server, add an entry for Static Leases by clicking on the Add button.

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Clicking on the Add button will create a new row. You have to enter the MAC Address, Hostname, desired Static IP and Lease time . Lease time is a unit in minutes after which your IP will be renewed. Since we are adding only 1 entry for the particular host the IP will be the same even after the renewal. Once, done click on Save changes .

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Once you have configured successfully on the router, just restart the Wi-Fi on the device. When it connects it should start using the static IP. In case of issues, make sure that you have the correct MAC Address and Hostname. To check, just run the command ipconfig or look back again in the router’s DHCP client list.

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These changes are written to the ROM so restarting the router won’t make changes to the static IP configuration. In order to get back to Dynamic IP, just remove the entry from the IP leases.

What’s next

Once you have started configuring the IPs on Router and network devices, you are good to go configure telnet and SSH. Have a look at our brief article on  How to Enable Telnet Server in Windows 10 ,  Best SSH clients for iOS To Manages Remote Servers and  6 Best FTP Clients For Android . A word of caution would be to note down the static IPs assigned to devices as assigning the same IP to two network devices would render them useless.

Also Read:  How To Change DNS on Windows|Mac|Android|iOS

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How to Configure a Static Internet Protocol (IP) Address on a Computer

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This wikiHow teaches you how to set a static IP address for your computer within your Wi-Fi network. A static IP address won't change when your router or computer reboots, making it useful for remote operation and website hosting. Static IP addresses can also prevent connection issues on routers to which several items are connected.

Things You Should Know

  • Begin by finding your addresses on Windows or Mac. You are looking for the "Default gateway" address on Windows, and the "Router" number on a Mac.
  • Enter the number into a web browser, and log in if necessary. Then, find your computer in the list of connected devices and click on it. Then, click Reserve .

Step 1 Open Start icon.

  • If you don't see this link, scroll down. You may also need to click the About tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

Step 5 Scroll down to the

  • You can also right-click the Start icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Step 8 Click System.

  • Close the Advanced window.
  • Click ⋮⋮⋮⋮ in the upper-left side of System Preferences.
  • Click Sharing .
  • Note the "Computer Name" entry at the top of the window.

Step 1 Open a web browser.

  • If you didn't set a username and/or password, you'll probably need to use the factory credentials found either in the router's manual or on the router itself.

Step 4 Find the list of connected Internet items.

  • For example, some routers place the Connected Devices button on the main page, while other router pages require you to click Settings or Advanced to see the list of connected items.

Step 5 Find your computer's name.

  • Again, your router's page may show a different option here.
  • If prompted to confirm your choice or specify an unused IP address, do so before proceeding.

Step 7 Click Save or Apply.

  • You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take place, and the router may reboot as well.

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Most users do not need to set a static IP address. However, advanced users and businesses might benefit from a static IP address.

A static IP address is useful for hosting servers or websites and for sharing large files. For more information about static and dynamic IP addresses, see What is an IP address?

To set a static IP address in Windows 7, 8, and 10:

  • Click Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center or Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click Change adapter settings .
  • Right-click on Wi-Fi or Local Area Connection.
  • Click Properties .
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) .
  • Click Properties . 
  • Select Use the following IP address .
  • Enter the IP address , Subnet mask , Default gateway , and DNS server .
  • Click OK . Your computer displays a static IP address.  

To set a static IP address on a Macintosh OS X computer, see  Configuring TCP/IP and Proxy Settings on Mac OSX .

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Setting up a static IP address can provide numerous benefits for individuals and businesses alike. In this digital age, where constant connectivity is essential, having a stable and reliable internet connection is crucial. A static IP address allows you to have a fixed, permanent IP that remains the same each time you connect to the internet. Unlike dynamic IP addresses that change every time you restart your router or reconnect to the network, a static IP provides consistency and control over your online presence.

Whether you are a regular internet user or a small business owner, understanding how to set up a static IP address can elevate your online experience and streamline your operations. In the following sections, we will explore what a static IP address is and the benefits it offers. We will then dive into the step-by-step process of setting up a static IP, ensuring that you can easily configure your network to enjoy the advantages of a static IP address.

With a static IP address, you can take advantage of services that require a fixed IP, such as remote access, hosting websites or servers, and establishing virtual private network (VPN) connections. Additionally, a static IP allows you to have better control over network security and monitoring, simplifying tasks like port forwarding and remote management.

While setting up a static IP might seem daunting for those without technical expertise, rest assured that the process can be simplified through this step-by-step guide. By the end of this article, you will have the knowledge and confidence to set up a static IP address on your own, ensuring a seamless and reliable internet connection.

What is a Static IP?

A static IP (Internet Protocol) address is a fixed, unchanging address assigned to a device or network. Unlike dynamic IP addresses, which are assigned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and can change periodically, a static IP remains constant, allowing for consistent access and identification.

Every device connected to the internet is assigned an IP address, which serves as its unique identifier on the network. This address is used to route data traffic between different devices and networks. With a static IP, the assigned address is manually configured and remains the same over time, providing a predictable and consistent connection.

Static IP addresses are typically used for specific purposes, such as hosting websites, running servers, or remotely accessing devices or networks. They are especially useful for businesses that require constant connectivity and reliable access to their network resources from anywhere in the world.

One of the key characteristics of a static IP is that it does not change, regardless of network reboots or device restarts. This stability ensures that services running on the network are always accessible using a fixed address. Unlike dynamic IP addresses, which can cause frequent interruptions and require reconfiguration of services whenever an IP address changes, a static IP saves time and effort by eliminating the need for constant updating.

Furthermore, a static IP address lets you have greater control over your online presence and network security. By assigning a specific IP to your server or network device, you can easily manage and monitor incoming and outgoing traffic, set up firewall rules, and establish secure remote connections. This enhanced control is particularly beneficial for businesses that handle sensitive data or require secure external access to their systems.

While static IP addresses come with numerous advantages, it’s important to note that they may require additional costs from your internet service provider. Some ISPs charge a monthly fee for allocating static IP addresses, so it’s essential to check with your provider or review the pricing plans before deciding to go static.

Why Use a Static IP?

Using a static IP address offers a range of benefits and advantages for both individuals and businesses. Let’s explore some of the key reasons why you might consider using a static IP:

1. Remote Access:

A static IP address allows you to easily access your devices or network remotely. Whether you need to connect to your office computer while traveling or manage your home security system from afar, a static IP ensures consistent and reliable access to your devices or network resources.

2. Hosting Services:

For businesses or individuals hosting websites, servers, or other online services, a static IP is essential. With a fixed IP address, your website or server can be easily accessed by users, as the address remains the same regardless of network changes.

3. VPN Connectivity:

Setting up a virtual private network (VPN) is more seamless with a static IP address. A VPN allows secure and private communication between different networks or devices over the internet. A static IP ensures stable and uninterrupted VPN connections, enhancing security and privacy for remote workers or businesses with multiple locations.

4. Enhanced Security:

Using a static IP address provides better control over network security. With a known IP address, you can easily configure firewall rules, restrict access to specific IP ranges, and monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. This level of control helps in protecting your network from unauthorized access and potential security threats.

5. Simplifies Device Management:

A static IP simplifies device management by providing a consistent and predictable IP address for each device on the network. This makes it easier to configure port forwarding, manage device settings, and identify and troubleshoot connectivity issues.

While dynamic IP addresses are sufficient for most home users, utilizing a static IP address offers a higher level of control, stability, and convenience. It is particularly advantageous for businesses that rely on consistent connectivity, secure remote access, and efficient management of network resources.

Now that we understand the benefits of using a static IP, let’s explore the step-by-step process of setting up a static IP address for your network or devices.

Steps to Set Up a Static IP

Setting up a static IP address on your router or device may vary depending on your specific network equipment. However, the following steps provide a general overview of the process:

Step 1: Determine if your internet service provider allows static IP addresses

Check with your internet service provider (ISP) to see if they offer static IP addresses and if there are any additional fees associated with obtaining one. Some ISPs may offer static IPs as part of their business plans, while others may require an extra subscription.

Step 2: Log in to your router’s admin page

Open a web browser and enter your router’s IP address in the address bar. This IP address is usually printed on the router itself or mentioned in the router’s user manual. Enter the administrator credentials to log in to the router’s admin page.

Step 3: Find the WAN/Internet settings section

Navigate to the WAN or Internet settings section of your router’s admin page. The location may vary depending on the router model and firmware. Look for options related to IP address assignment or connection type.

Step 4: Change the IP address assignment type to manual/static

Once you have located the WAN/Internet settings section, look for the IP address assignment or connection type setting. Change the assignment type to manual or static, as opposed to dynamic or automatic.

Step 5: Enter the static IP address details

Enter the specific IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server details provided by your ISP. These details should be issued to you when obtaining a static IP. Make sure to enter the information accurately to ensure a successful connection.

Step 6: Save the settings and restart the router

After entering the static IP details, save the settings on your router’s admin page. Once saved, restart the router to apply the new settings. This will ensure that the router assigns and uses the static IP address for your network.

Step 7: Confirm the setup is successful

Once the router has restarted, check the network settings on your devices to verify the successful setup of the static IP address. Ensure that the entered IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server details are correctly reflected in the device’s network settings.

It is important to note that the specific steps may vary depending on the router brand, model, and firmware version. Refer to the router’s user manual or online documentation for detailed instructions tailored to your specific router.

By following these general steps, you can successfully set up a static IP address for your network or devices. Enjoy the benefits of a stable, predictable, and controllable internet connection.

Before diving into the process of setting up a static IP address, it’s crucial to determine whether your internet service provider (ISP) allows static IP addresses as part of their service offerings. Not all ISPs provide this option, and some may charge additional fees for static IP allocation.

Here are a few steps to help you confirm whether your ISP supports static IP addresses:

1. Check your ISP’s website:

Visit your ISP’s official website and navigate to their residential or business internet service pages. Look for any mentions of static IP addresses, additional features, or premium plans that offer static IP allocation. The website should provide details about the availability and cost of static IPs.

2. Contact your ISP directly:

If you can’t find specific information on the website, reach out to your ISP’s customer service or technical support team. Contact them via phone, email, or online chat and inquire about their policies regarding static IP addresses. They will be able to provide you with accurate information about the availability and any associated fees.

3. Review your ISP’s terms and conditions or contract:

Go through the terms and conditions or service agreement you received from your ISP when you signed up for their internet service. Look for any clauses or sections that mention static IP addresses. These documents may outline the availability, pricing, and limitations associated with static IP allocation.

4. Research online forums or communities:

Explore online forums, discussion boards, or communities where users share their experiences with various ISPs. Look for threads or discussions related to static IP addresses and see what other customers have encountered when trying to obtain a static IP from your ISP. This can give you additional insights into the policies and procedures of different ISPs.

By conducting these steps, you will gain a clear understanding of whether your ISP supports static IP addresses and how to proceed with obtaining one. Remember to inquire about any fees or additional requirements, as these may vary depending on the ISP’s policies.

Once you have confirmed that your ISP allows static IP addresses and have gathered the necessary information, you can proceed to the next steps in setting up a static IP address for your network or devices.

To set up a static IP address, you need to access your router’s administrative page. This web-based interface allows you to modify various settings on your router, including IP address configuration. Here’s how you can log in to your router’s admin page:

1. Identify your router’s IP address:

Most routers have a default IP address, such as 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1, that you can use to access the admin page. Look for a label on the router itself or refer to the router’s user manual to find this information. Alternatively, you can check your computer’s network settings to find the default gateway IP address . This IP address usually corresponds to your router’s admin page.

2. Open a web browser:

Launch a web browser on a computer or device that is connected to the same network as your router. It can be a desktop computer, laptop, or even a smartphone or tablet.

3. Enter the router’s IP address:

Type the router’s IP address into the address bar of your browser. Make sure to enter the IP address accurately. For example, if your router’s IP address is 192.168.0.1, you would type “http://192.168.0.1” in the browser’s address bar.

4. Press Enter:

Press Enter or click the “Go” button to navigate to the router’s admin page. The browser will establish a connection to your router using the specified IP address.

5. Enter login credentials:

Depending on your router model and settings, you may be prompted to enter a username and password to log in. By default, many routers use “admin” as the username and “password” or a blank field as the password. However, it’s important to note that some routers may have different default login credentials, so refer to your router’s documentation or check with your ISP if you are unsure.

6. Access the admin page:

Once you have entered the correct login credentials, you will gain access to your router’s admin page. This page provides access to various settings and configurations that allow you to modify and customize your network settings.

Note that routers from different manufacturers may have slightly different interfaces and layouts for their admin pages. However, most routers have a similar structure and should allow you to access the necessary settings for configuring a static IP address.

By successfully logging in to your router’s admin page, you are now ready to proceed to the next steps and configure your network for a static IP address.

In order to set up a static IP address, you need to locate the WAN (Wide Area Network) or Internet settings section within your router’s administrative page. This section allows you to configure the network settings specifically related to your internet connection. Here’s how you can find the WAN/Internet settings section:

1. Navigate to the main settings menu:

Once you have logged in to your router’s admin page, look for the main settings menu. This menu is typically displayed on the homepage or in a navigation sidebar. The exact location and appearance may vary depending on your router’s firmware and interface.

2. Look for the WAN/Internet settings:

Within the main settings menu, locate the WAN or Internet settings option. This option is usually labeled accordingly and may be found under a section titled “Network Settings,” “Internet Setup,” or something similar. Some routers may include submenus or tabs for different types of Internet connections (Wired, Wireless, etc.). Choose the appropriate option for your specific connection type.

3. Access the WAN/Internet settings:

Click on the WAN or Internet settings option to access the corresponding configuration page. This page allows you to modify the settings related to your internet connection, such as IP address assignment, DNS server settings, and connection type.

4. Explore the available options:

Once you are on the WAN/Internet settings page, take a moment to explore the available options and settings. Look for options related to IP address assignment, connection type (static or dynamic), or DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) settings. These options will be essential for configuring a static IP address.

Remember that the specific layout and options within the WAN/Internet settings section may vary between different router brands and models. Refer to your router’s user manual or online documentation for more precise instructions tailored to your specific router.

By successfully finding and accessing the WAN/Internet settings section, you are now ready to proceed with the next steps and configure your router for a static IP address. In the following steps, you will learn how to change the IP address assignment type and enter the specific details for your static IP configuration .

To set up a static IP address, you need to change the IP address assignment type from dynamic to manual or static within the WAN/Internet settings section of your router’s admin page. This step ensures that your router assigns a fixed IP address to your network or device. Here’s how to change the IP address assignment type:

1. Locate the IP address assignment options:

Within the WAN/Internet settings page, look for the options related to IP address assignment. These options may be labeled as “IP address mode,” “Connection Type,” or similar terminology.

2. Select the manual/static IP address mode:

Once you have identified the IP address assignment options, choose the manual or static IP address mode. This ensures that your router assigns a fixed IP address instead of dynamically assigning one.

3. Disable DHCP (if required):

In some cases, you may need to disable DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) in order to manually assign a static IP address. DHCP automatically assigns IP addresses to devices on the network. If DHCP is enabled, you will need to disable it to proceed with the manual/static IP configuration. Refer to your router’s documentation for instructions on disabling DHCP if necessary.

4. Save the changes:

Once you have selected the manual/static IP address mode and made any additional required changes, save the settings. Look for a “Save,” “Apply,” or “OK” button within the WAN/Internet settings page, and click on it to save your changes.

5. Restart your router:

After saving the changes, it is recommended to restart your router to ensure that the new IP address assignment settings take effect. This can typically be done by going to the router’s main settings page and selecting the option to restart or reboot the device. Allow the router a few moments to restart fully.

By changing the IP address assignment type to manual/static, you have now configured your router to assign a fixed IP address to your network or device. In the next steps, you will learn how to enter the specific details for your static IP address, such as the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information.

Now that you have changed the IP address assignment type to manual/static, it’s time to enter the specific details for your static IP address within the WAN/Internet settings section of your router’s admin page. These details include the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information. Follow these steps to enter the static IP address details:

1. Locate the IP address configuration fields:

Within the WAN/Internet settings page, look for the fields to enter the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information. These fields may be labeled according to their respective terms.

2. Obtain the static IP address details:

Contact your internet service provider (ISP) to obtain the specific static IP address details they have assigned to you. These details typically include the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information. Make sure to accurately record the information provided by your ISP.

3. Enter the IP address:

In the corresponding field, enter the specific static IP address provided by your ISP. This is the unique address assigned to your network or device. Ensure that you enter the IP address correctly to avoid any connectivity issues.

4. Enter the subnet mask:

Next, enter the subnet mask associated with your static IP address. The subnet mask determines the size of the network and helps devices identify which parts of the IP address represent the network identifier and the host identifier. The most common subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, but your ISP may provide you with a different subnet mask.

5. Enter the gateway:

Enter the gateway address provided by your ISP. The gateway is the IP address of the router or networking device that connects your local network to the internet. It serves as the access point to external networks.

6. Enter the DNS server information:

Finally, enter the DNS (Domain Name System) server information. DNS servers translate domain names into IP addresses, allowing devices to locate and access websites and services on the internet. Your ISP should provide you with the IP addresses of their DNS servers. You may need to enter primary and secondary DNS server addresses.

7. Save the changes:

After entering all the necessary static IP address details, save the changes within the WAN/Internet settings page. Look for a “Save,” “Apply,” or “OK” button and click on it to save your settings.

By entering the static IP address details accurately, you have successfully configured your router to use a static IP address for your network or device. In the next step, you will learn how to restart your router to apply the new settings and ensure a seamless connection.

After entering the static IP address details in the WAN/Internet settings section of your router’s admin page, it is important to save the changes you made. Saving the settings ensures that your router will use the new static IP address configuration. To complete the setup process, you will also need to restart the router. Follow these steps to save the settings and restart your router:

1. Save the settings:

Look for a “Save,” “Apply,” or “OK” button within the WAN/Internet settings page of your router’s admin page. Click on this button to save the static IP address configuration. The router will apply the new settings and update the network configuration accordingly.

2. Restart the router:

To ensure that the new static IP address configuration takes effect, it is necessary to restart the router. Locate the option to restart or reboot the router within the admin page. This option is typically found in the main settings menu or on a separate system or maintenance page. Click on the restart option to initiate the restart process.

3. Allow the router to restart:

After clicking on the restart option, the router will undergo the restart process. It may take a few moments for the router to fully reboot and apply the new settings. During this time, it is normal for the router’s lights to flash or for it to temporarily lose internet connectivity.

4. Verify the new IP address configuration:

Once the router has restarted, double-check the IP address configuration on your network or device to confirm that the static IP address settings are successfully applied. Ensure that the entered IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server details match the information you provided to the router. Any discrepancies may indicate an issue with the configuration, requiring further troubleshooting.

By saving the settings and restarting the router, you have completed the process of configuring your network or device to use a static IP address. The router will now assign and utilize the specified static IP address for your network, providing stability and consistency for your internet connection.

After setting up a static IP address on your router, it’s important to confirm that the configuration was successful and that your network is now using the assigned static IP. Here are a few steps to help you verify the setup:

1. Check network settings on devices:

Access the network settings on your devices (computers, smartphones, etc.) that are connected to the router. Look for the network connection settings and check if the assigned IP address matches the static IP address you configured. Verify that the subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information is also correctly displayed.

2. Test network connectivity:

Ensure that all devices connected to the network can access the internet and communicate with other devices as expected. Open web browsers, use online applications, and perform network-dependent tasks to confirm that the static IP address configuration has not disrupted network connectivity.

3. Perform a reboot test:

Restart your router and observe the behavior of the network after the reboot. Check if the devices reconnect to the network using the assigned static IP addresses without any issues. This test helps to confirm that the static IP configuration persists even after a router restart.

4. Test remote access or hosted services:

If you set up a static IP address for remote access or hosting services, test the functionality from external networks. Ensure that you can access the devices or services using the assigned static IP. For example, if you are hosting a website, check if it can be accessed using the domain name associated with the static IP address.

5. Consult the router logs:

Some routers maintain logs of network activities and events. Check the router’s administrative interface for any logs related to the allocation and usage of IP addresses. This can help confirm if the static IP address was successfully assigned to your network.

By following these steps to confirm the setup’s success, you can ensure that your network is now utilizing the static IP address you configured. If any issues are encountered, refer to your router’s documentation or consult with your internet service provider for further assistance.

Setting up a static IP address can greatly benefit individuals and businesses by providing stability, control, and enhanced connectivity for their network. A static IP allows for remote access, simplifies hosting services, enables secure VPN connections, enhances network security, and facilitates device management. By following the step-by-step process outlined in this guide, you can successfully configure a static IP address for your network or device.

Begin by determining if your internet service provider offers static IP addresses and if there are any associated fees. Then, log in to your router’s admin page, locate the WAN/Internet settings section and change the IP address assignment type to manual/static. Next, enter the specific static IP address details provided by your ISP, such as the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server information. Save the settings and restart your router to apply the new configuration.

After completing the setup, confirm that the static IP address is successfully assigned to your network by checking the network settings, testing network connectivity, performing a reboot test, and validating remote access or hosted services. By ensuring the setup is successful, you can enjoy the benefits of a stable and predictable internet connection.

Remember to refer to your router’s documentation or contact your internet service provider if you encounter any issues or require further assistance during the setup process. With a static IP address, you can take control of your network, streamline your online activities, and unlock new possibilities for remote access and hosting services.

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Assign a public static IP address to a router

Am I able to assign the static IP address that my ISP provides me directly to my router?

My ISP are telling me that I have to assign the IP to a server inside the network instead, and cannot assign it directly to the router.

Can anyone clarify this?

Brett Rigby's user avatar

  • Can you give us some idea of your order of magnitude? Is this your house or some sort of datacentre? If the former and you've got a linksys or something, in all likelihood your public IP is assigned to it. –  stillinbeta Feb 22, 2011 at 8:49

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Well, if the router is providing NAT services to a bunch of machines on a LAN you would need to assign your public address to it, but it really depends on your setup so what have you got (router make, machines etc.)

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As far as the ISP is concerned, any NIC with a MAC address is the same as any other. This means that the WAN interface on your router will appear the same to an ISP as will a NIC on a computer (except that if the ISP really cares to check, they can see who manufactured the NIC by analyzing the MAC address, so you can tell if it is a router or a computer NIC). There is no difference in how either operate on a network. The only reason they might say that is because their terms of service may limit you to one computer per connection.

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The Fixed IP address your ISP provides has to be assigned to the external nic of you DSL/Router.

If you assign it to a computer inside your local network, its not going to work.

In my experience, the fixed ip are also DHCP distributed. I mean, the ISP creates a reservation for your router with the static IP, so everytime you turn on your router, it gets the fixed ip.

for assigning the external ip to a computer, just add the computer to the router DMZ

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  • -1... adding the computer to the DMZ is completely going to bypass one of the main reasons to have a router interface your comps to the world in the first place... the hardware firewall... If you need certain protocols to be accessible to your computer, open ports in the router with port forwarding... Much safer solution than DMZing a computer... –  g19fanatic Feb 22, 2011 at 18:19
  • g19fanatic: its seems computer world is pretty new for you, so I'll explain this to you. If you want to use the external router IP address for your computer, the THE WAY TO GO is using DMZ. Also, you should think if the firewalls have a DMZ feature, theres is probably a reason... You can enable DMZ safely if you have a firewall in your computer, what you should have instead of relying in the router firewall. At least I answered the question, what Linker3000 did not. You neither, obviously. –  Alex Angelico Feb 26, 2011 at 20:26
  • I don't know why this is downvoted, so I upvoted it. It sounds like the OP is asking about putting a router in front of the ISP router, and doesn't understand what a DMZ server is. This post is a valid answer. –  Engineer May 23, 2023 at 18:32

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How to configure a static IP on Windows 10 or 11

Do you need to switch from a dynamic to a static IP address configuration on Windows 11 or 10? Here's how.

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On Windows, the router's Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server is (usually) responsible for assigning a dynamic Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) configuration to every device in the network, including to your computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Although a dynamic IP address is the recommended configuration for most situations, you may need to change to a static IP address if you're thinking about setting up a printer or file sharing, or you have to configure port forwarding on the router to your computer.

The reason is that a dynamic network configuration can change at any time after the lease from the DHCP expires and if the address changes, network resources you may have configured will stop working. Setting a static IP address will always stay the same on the computer, allowing a more reliable experience sharing resources in the network or forwarding ports.

Whatever the reason, on Windows 10 and 11, you have many ways to configure a static TCP/IP address, including using the Settings app and Command Prompt.

This guide will walk you through the different ways to configure a static network configuration on Windows 11 and 10.

How to set a static TCP/IP network configuration on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can change your computer's dynamic IP configuration to static in at least two ways through the Settings app or commands.

Configure IP from Settings app

To assign a permanent TCP/IP configuration on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open  Settings .
  • Click on  Network & internet .
  • (Optional) Click on Advanced network settings .
  • Under the "More settings" section, click on Hardware and connection properties.
  • Note the current IPv4 ,  Subnet mask ,  Default Gateway , and  DNS server addresses to determine the new configuration, as it has to be in the same network scope.
  • Click the  Ethernet  or  Wi-Fi  page on the right side from the "Network & internet." page.
  • Quick note:  If you select the Wi-Fi page, you need to click on the connection properties to access the network settings.
  • Click on the  Edit  button for the "IP assignment" setting.
  • Select the  Manual  option from the drop-down menu.
  • Turn on the  IPv4  toggle switch.
  • Confirm the IP address for the computer – for example, 10.1.4.90.
  • Confirm the subnet mask for the configuration – for example, 255.255.255.0.
  • Confirm the default gateway address (usually your router's IP) – for example, 10.1.4.1.
  • Confirm the preferred DNS address – for example, 10.1.4.1.
  •   Quick note:  In a home network, you may also be able to use the router's IP address for the DNS configuration. You can also use third-party DNS services like Google Public DNS, Cloudflare, Cisco's OpenDNS, and others. 
  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option for the "DNS over HTTPS" setting and leave the  "Fallback to plaintext"  option disabled unless you want to encrypted as well as unencrypted traffic or you're troubleshooting connectivity.
  • Quick note:  DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a feature that encrypts the DNS queries over the HTTPS protocol to improve security and privacy on the internet. You only want to enable this feature if the DNS server supports this feature.
  • Confirm the alternate DNS address (if applicable).
  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option for the "DNS over HTTPS" setting and leave the  "Fallback to plaintext"  option disabled.
  • Click the  Save  button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will start using the static network configuration. If everything has been configured correctly, you should be able to open the web browser to access the internet.

If you entered an address (such as the DNS address) and then changed it, you probably won't be able to save the settings. If this is the case, cancel the configuration, start over, enter the correct configuration, and then try to save the settings.

Configure IP from Command Prompt

To set a static TCP/IP configuration on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open  Start .
  • Search for  Command Prompt , right-click the top result, and select the  Run as administrator  option.
  • Type the following command to see your current networking configuration and press  Enter : ipconfig /all
  • Confirm the name of the adapter and the networking configuration, including the IPv4 , Subnet mask , Default Gateway , and DNS Servers .
  • Type the following command to configure a static TCP/IP address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip set address name= "ADAPTER-NAME" static IP-ADDRESS SUBNET-ADDRESS DEFAULT-GATEWAY-ADDRESS

In the above command, replace  ADAPTER-NAME  with the name of your network adapter. Change  IP-ADDRESS SUBNET-ADDRESS    DEFAULT-GATEWAY-ADDRESS  with the device IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway addresses you want. For example, this command sets the 10.1.4.90, 255.255.255.0, 10.1.4.1 configuration:  netsh interface ip set address name="Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.90 255.255.255.0 10.1.4.1

  • Type the following command to set a DNS server address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip set dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" static DNS-ADDRESS  

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with your adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with the DNS server address of the network. For example, this command sets the local router as the DNS server:  netsh interface ip set dns name="Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.1

  • Type the following command to set an alternate DNS server address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip add dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" DNS-ADDRESS index=2

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with the adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with an alternate DNS server address. For example, netsh interface ip add dns name="Ethernet 10Gb" 1.1.1.1 index=2

After you complete the steps, the commands will set a static network configuration on Windows 11.

How to set a static TCP/IP network configuration on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can also use the Settings app and Command Prompt to set up a static IP network configuration.

To assign a permanent TCP/IP configuration on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Click on  Ethernet  or  Wi-Fi .
  • Click on the active connection on the right side.
  • Click the  Edit  button for the "IP assignment" setting.
  • Select the  Manual  option.
  • Confirm the subnet prefix length (subnet mask) for the configuration – for example, 24 to specify the 255.255.255.0 subnet mask.
  • Quick tip:  It's important to use the number that represents the network instead of the subnet mask. Otherwise, the configuration won't save. If you don't know the subnet prefix length for your subnet mask, you can use any  online subnet calculator  to find out.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will start using the static IP configuration. If you lose network connectivity, restart the computer to regain access to the local network and internet.

To change from dynamic to static IP address with commands on Windows 10, use these steps:

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with your adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with the DNS server address of the network. For example, this command sets the local router as the DNS server:  netsh interface ip set dns name=" Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.1

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with the adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with an alternate DNS server address. For example, netsh interface ip add dns name="Ethernet0" 1.1.1.1 index=2

After you complete the steps, the network configuration will switch from dynamic to static on Windows 10.

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Static routing is a form of routing that is configured manually by a network administrator or a user by adding entries into a routing table. The manually-configured routing information guides the router in forwarding data packets to the specific destination.

Visit multiple networks and servers at the same time. For example, in a small office, my PC can surf the internet through Router A, but I also want to visit my company’s network. Now I have a switch and Router B. I connect the devices as shown in the following figure so that the physical connection between my PC and my company’s server is established. To surf the internet and visit my company’s network at the same time, I need to configure the static routing.

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How can I do that?

1. Change the routers’ LAN IP addresses to two different IP addresses on the same subnet. Disable Router B’s DHCP function.

2. Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for Router A.

3. Go to Advanced > Network > Routing .

4. Click Add and finish the settings according to the following explanations:

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Network Destination : The destination IP address that you want to assign to a static route. This IP address cannot be on the same subnet as the WAN IP or LAN IP of Router A. In the example, the IP address of the company network is the destination IP address, so here enter 172.30.30.1.

Subnet Mask : Determines the destination network with the destination IP address. If the destination is a single IP address, enter 255.255.255.255; otherwise, enter the subnet mask of the corresponding network IP. In the example, the destination network is a single IP, so here enter 255.255.255.255.

Default Gateway : The IP address of the gateway device to which the data packets

will be sent. This IP address must be on the same subnet as the router’s IP which sends out data. In the example, the data packets will be sent to the LAN port of Router B and then to the Server, so the default gateway should be 192.168.0.2.

Interface : Determined by the port (WAN/LAN) that sends out data packets. In the example, the data are sent to the gateway through the LAN port of Router A, so LAN/ WLAN should be selected. Description: Enter a description for this static routing entry.

5. Click SAVE .

6. Check the Routing Table below. If you can find the entry you’ve set, the static routing is set successfully.

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Open a web browser on your PC. Enter the company server’s IP address to visit the company network.

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How to set static IP address on Windows 10

You can assign a static IP address manually on Windows 10 in many ways, and in this guide, you'll learn how.

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  • To set a static IP address on Windows 10, open Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi , click the connection, click on “Edit,” select “Manual,” turn on “IPv4,” and set the static IP address.
  • Alternatively, you can configure a static IP address from Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Control Panel.

UPDATED 12/20/2023: On Windows 10, setting a static IP address to a computer is a configuration you may need to set up in many scenarios. For instance, if you plan to share files , set up a printer on a local network , enable and use Remote Desktop , or configure port forwarding on the router.

If you don’t assign a static IP address, services or a port forwarding configuration may eventually stop working. The reason is that, by default, connected devices use dynamic IP addresses assigned by the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server (usually the router), which can change anytime, as soon as you restart the machine or after the dynamically assigned configuration lease expires. On the other hand, a static configuration is permanent, and it’ll remain assigned until you change it.

Regardless of the reason, Windows 10 offers multiple ways to configure a static network configuration through the Settings app, the legacy Control Panel, and the command line using Command Prompt and PowerShell.

In this guide , I will teach you the steps to set a static IP (version 4) address to a Windows 10 computer.

Set static IP address on Windows 10 from Settings

Set static ip address on windows 10 from control panel.

  • Set static IP address on Windows 10 from Command Prompt
  • Set static IP address on Windows 10 from PowerShell

To assign a static IP address on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings on Windows 10.

Click on Network & Internet .

Click on “Wi-Fi” or “Ethernet.”

Click on the current network connection.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi settings

Under the “IP settings” section, click the Edit button.

Wi-Fi IP settings on Windows 10

Using the drop-down menu, select the Manual option.

Turn on the “IPv4” toggle switch.

Wi-Fi edit IP address settings

Set a static IP address to use by the Windows 10 computer.

Specify a “Subnet prefix length” (subnet mask). If the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 , the subnet prefix length in bits is 24 .

Specify a “Default Gateway” address.

Specify a “Preferred DNS” address.

Specify an “Alternate DNS address” (if applicable).

Click the Save button.

Wi-Fi TCP/IPv4 static configuration

After you complete the steps, you can test your settings using your web browser to open a website.

To assign a static IP from the Control Panel on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Control Panel .

Click on Network and Internet .

Click on  Network and Sharing Center .

Click the Change adapter settings option on the left navigation pane.

Control Panel's Network and Sharing Center

Right-click the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter and select the Properties option.

Select the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option.

Click the Properties button.

Control Panel's network adapter properties

Select the “Use the following IP address” option.

Set the static IP address for the adapter – for example, 10.1.2.220 .

Specify a Subnet mask . (Typically, on a home network, the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 .)

Specify a Default gateway . (Usually, your router’s IP address. For example, 10.1.2.1 .)

Under the “Use the following DNS server addresses set Preferred DNS server” section, set the Preferred DNS server address. (Usually, your router’s IP address or server IP address that provides the DNS resolution, such as 10.1.2.1 ).

(Optional) Specify an Alternative DNS server. (The computer will use this address if it cannot reach the preferred DNS server.)

Click the OK button.

Windows 10 network adapter TCP/IPv4 properties

Click the Close button again.

Once you complete the steps, you can open your web browser and load a website to see if the configuration works.

Set static IP address on Windows 10 from Command Prompt

To set a static IP address on Windows 10 from Command Prompt, use these steps:

Open Start .

Search for Command Prompt , right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Type the following command to see your current networking configuration and press Enter :

Under the network adapter, note the name of the adapter as well as the following information in these fields:

  • Subnet mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Servers

Windows 10 ipconfig command

Type the following command to assign a static IP address on Windows 10 and press Enter :

In the above command, replace “Ethernet0” with the name of your network adapter. Change “10.1.4.220 255.255.255.0 10.1.4.1” with the device IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway address corresponding to your network configuration.

Type the following command to set a DNS server address and press Enter :

In the command, make sure to change “Ethernet0” with your adapter’s name and “10.1.4.1” with the DNS server address of the network.

Type the following command to set an alternate DNS server address and press Enter :

In the command, replace “Ethernet0” with your adapter’s name and “8.8.8.8” with an alternate DNS server address.

Windows 10 netsh command to set static IP address

After you complete the steps, you can test the new configuration using the ping command (for example ping google.com ) to see if the internet is working. Alternatively, you can open a website to see if the configuration works.

Set static IP address on Windows 10 from PowerShell

Windows 10 also includes the PowerShell command line platform that allows you to use the “NetTCPIP” module to manage networking settings, including the ability to change your computer’s IP address settings. Microsoft recommends using this command-line method instead of netsh .

To set a static IP address from PowerShell, use these steps:

Search for PowerShell , right-click the result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Type the following command to view your current network configuration and press Enter :

After running the command, note the following information: 

  • InterfaceIndex
  • IPv4Address
  • IPv4DefaultGateway

PowerShell's Get-NetIPConfiguration command

Type the following command to set a static IP address and press Enter :

PowerShell's New-NetIPAddress command

In the command, replace the “InterfaceIndex” number (5) with the corresponding number of your adapter. Change “IPAddress” with the static IP address you want to assign to your device. Change PrefixLength (subnet mask) with the correct bit number if necessary. Typically, on a home network, the setting is “24.” Also, change the “DefaultGateway” option with the default gateway address of the network.

Type the following command to assign a DNS server address and press Enter :

PowerShell's Set-DNSClientServerAddress command

If you need to set a secondary DNS server address, use a comma to use the same command with another address. For example:

In the command, replace the “InterfaceIndex” number (5) with your network adapter’s corresponding number. Also, change “ServerAddresses” with the DNS IP address.

After you complete the steps, you can test the new configuration by opening your web browser and navigating a website.

Whatever method you use, assigning an IP address within the network range and outside of the DHCP server scope is recommended to allow proper connectivity and avoid address conflicts. If multiple devices share the same address, this will cause a networking conflict, preventing connection to the internet.

Update December 20, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

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How to set static ip addresses on your eero router.

Most of the time, having your router assign dynamic IP addresses to your devices is fine.

Most of the time, having your router assign dynamic IP addresses to your devices is fine. Sometimes, you want the additional control of assigning a static IP address that doesn't change. Here's how to do it on the Eero router.

Related: How to Get the Most Out of Your Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System

The Eero mesh Wi-Fi system has a lot of great, easy-to-use features, including some advanced controls. Setting static IP addresses for devices is one of them. The settings in the Eero app are pretty easy to navigate, and you can usually find what you want without an issue. Finding the settings for using static IP address is a little trickier because they're not listed as "static IP" or anything like that, but rather under "Reservations."

To get started, open up the Eero app on your phone and tap the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen.

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Tap the "Network Settings" option.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and then tap the "Advanced Settings" category.

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Tap the "Reservations & Port Forwarding" option.

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Select the "Add a Reservation" entry.

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The Select Device page shows all the devices connected to your router. Tap the specific device for which you want to set up a static IP address.

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On the next screen, tap the IP address, and then type the address you want the device to have. Tap "Save" in top-right corner.

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After that, the device you selected appears in the list of Reservations and you're good to go. From now on, your Eero router will keep that IP address assigned to that device.

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If you ever want to remove the static IP address and return to using a dynamic address for that device, head back to the Reservations & Port Forwarding page, tap the device, and then tap "Delete Reservation" at the bottom of the device's IP Reservation page.

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What Is a Static IP Address?

I f you’ve done any research on internet protocol (IP) addresses, then chances are you’ve run into the term “static IP address.” Static means unchanging, but is that a good or a bad thing for your overall digital security? We’ll break down what a static IP address is and figure out if it’s right for your devices.

A static IP address is an IP address that stays the same. Typically, users create static IP addresses manually; internet service providers, or ISPs, can assign them, as well. Static IP addresses can be either IPv4 or IPv6, although as of now, IPv4 is much more common.

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Region/ State:

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Browser name:

Browser version:

Device brand:

Device type:

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  • Better support for DNS
  • Better for voice and video communications that use VoIP
  • Better for geolocation services, like changing your Tinder location
  • Easier to hack
  • Makes you easier to locate and track
  • Higher cost

What Is an IP Address?

If you’re not sure what an IP address is, we’ve got you covered. “IP” stands for “internet protocol,” and it’s a device’s identifying number both within a computer network and outside of that network. Think of an IP address like a street address that lets people send letters to each other, but in this case it’s data. IP addresses reveal the user’s approximate physical location including their city and ZIP code.

» Learn about: How to find your IP address

What Is a Dynamic IP Address?

The opposite of a static IP address is a dynamic IP address, one that changes periodically. A Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server assigns dynamic IP addresses automatically; after a period of time, they expire and get replaced.

  • Makes you harder to follow online
  • No need to change your IP address manually
  • Bad for DNS servers
  • Less accurate geolocation information
  • Websites won’t remember who you are

Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses

Now, let’s put static and dynamic IP addresses head to head. Both show a user’s approximate geolocation, but they’re useful for different purposes.

When You Need a Static IP Address

To be blunt, you won’t need a static IP address most of the time, except for websites that need to remember your IP address. If you have a business with your own website or internet service and employees working from home, use a static IP address along with a business VPN . This will help your employees work from home safely .

When You Need a Dynamic IP Address

For everything else, there are dynamic IP addresses, the choice of most consumers. Since dynamic IP addresses make it harder to track you online, they’re the default option the majority of the time.

» Learn more: How to get a US IP address

Which Type of IP Address Do You Have?

Finding your IP address is easy, whether you need to find your printer’s IP address , find your Roku’s IP address , or find your router’s IP address . We’ve included instructions for the major operating systems below.

Follow these steps to check your Mac’s IP address :

  • Open the System Settings…
  • Select Network.
  • Select your Wi-Fi network.
  • Click Details…
  • Your internal IP address should then be listed.

PC (Windows 11)

Find your Windows computer’s IP address:

  • Click on the Taskbar.
  • Click Wi-Fi Network.
  • Click Select Network.
  • Select Properties.
  • Look under IPv4 Address for your IP Address.

To find your Android device’s IP:

  • Open your Android Settings.
  • Click About.
  • Click Status.
  • Click IP Address.

And last but not least, to find your iPhone’s IP address :

  • Open Settings.
  • Click Wi-Fi.
  • Under the lowercase i, click Network.
  • You’ll find your IP address under IPv4 Address.

Is It Hard to Change Your IP Address?

Once you’ve found it, changing your IP address isn’t hard. You can use a number of methods, but installing a VPN is the easiest option. But don’t worry; we’ll get to that soon.

How to Get a Dynamic IP Address

Now, to change your IP address (and change it again and again), we recommend using a VPN with dynamic IP addresses. However, although there are free VPNs as well as free trial VPNs , you’ll probably have to pay for a VPN in the long term. If that doesn’t work for you, we’ve provided some other options.

» Further Reading: Learn how to get a UK IP address

VPNs hide your IP address and change it periodically. Additionally, VPNs hide your browsing history for some added privacy, if that’s your reason for using a VPN .

Look for a VPN with dynamic IP addresses; we suggest ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access, or IPVanish, to name a few. Learn more in our ExpressVPN review , Private Internet Access review , or IPVanish review . Once you’ve picked out a VPN:

  • Download the VPN from your app store.
  • Complete the installation process as guided.
  • Connect to a server. Your IP address will change automatically.

Another way to get dynamic IP addresses is to use Tor as your web browser. Tor is a free and open-source secure browser that isolates each website, clearing the cookies as soon as you move onto the next one. By changing your IP address and device information, Tor makes all users look the same, encrypting their IPs and web activity three times. You can download Tor for macOS, Linux, Android, or PC on the Tor Project website. 2

Proxy Servers

If you want to change your IP address only and don’t care about your web activity being hidden, you can use a proxy server in lieu of a VPN. Here’s how.

  • Open Safari.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Advanced.
  • Under the Proxies section, click Change Settings.
  • Update your settings with the necessary information that was provided to you.
  • Open your Settings.
  • Click Network & internet.
  • Click Proxy.
  • Click Set up under the automatic or manual section.
  • Enter your proxy information.

Click Save.

  • Select the lowercase i, in the WiFi section.
  • Scroll to HTTP Proxy section.
  • Click Manual.
  • Change the setting from Off to Manual.
  • Enter in the Server and Port information needed.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Connections.
  • Tap Settings next to the network name.
  • Tap View More.
  • Tap Proxy, then select Manual.
  • Enter your proxy port and hostname.
NOTE: Proxy servers encrypt your IP address only; your ISP will still be able to see everything you’ve done online.

How to Set up a DHCP Reservation

If you’ve ever tried to print wirelessly, then you know how hard it can be to connect your computer to your printer. That’s probably because your printer’s IP address keeps changing. So to combat this issue, some people set up DHCP reservations, which tell your Wi-Fi network to assign a device the same IP address every time. How to set up a DHCP reservation depends on the operating system, but if you use Google Home:

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Click Advanced Networking.
  • Click DHCP IP Reservations.
  • Click the plus sign to add IP reservations.
  • Click the device you want to assign a static IP address.
  • Enter the static IP address.
  • Click Save. 3

How to Protect Your IP Address

The most surefire way to protect your IP address is to use a VPN, but you could also use a proxy server or the Tor browser, as we detailed above. If someone has your IP address along with your personally identifiable information , or PII, they could steal your identity , which is why it’s best to keep your IP addresses hidden .

And there you have it: everything you ever wanted to know about static IP addresses and more. But if we still haven’t answered your burning questions, keep reading below or check out our VPN how-to guides for even more information.

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    Click Change adapter settings. Right-click on Wi-Fi or Local Area Connection. Click Properties. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Click Properties . Select Use the following IP address. Enter the IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS server. Click OK. Your computer displays a static IP address.

  11. How to set up a static IP address

    Open "Settings" on your computer. Select "Network and internet." Select your current connection. Select "Manage known networks" > "Properties" > "IP settings." Select "Edit." Select "Manual." Select "IPv4" and switch it to "On."

  12. How To Setup A Static IP

    1. Save the settings: Look for a "Save," "Apply," or "OK" button within the WAN/Internet settings page of your router's admin page. Click on this button to save the static IP address configuration. The router will apply the new settings and update the network configuration accordingly. 2.

  13. How to set up and use a static IP address

    How to set a static IP on Windows 11. Enter "Settings" into the search bar and click Enter. Click the hamburger button and choose Network & internet. Click Advanced network settings. Scroll down to Hardware and connection properties and click it. Write down the current IPv4, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS server addresses for future use.

  14. How to configure Static Routing on wireless routers

    Step 1 Login configure page of router. According to scenario 1 and scenario 2: type 192.168..1 in address bar, Step 2 Type the username and password in the login page. The default username and password are both admin in lower case. Step 3

  15. Assign a public static IP address to a router

    The Fixed IP address your ISP provides has to be assigned to the external nic of you DSL/Router. If you assign it to a computer inside your local network, its not going to work. In my experience, the fixed ip are also DHCP distributed. I mean, the ISP creates a reservation for your router with the static IP, so everytime you turn on your router ...

  16. How to check the IP address and set up a Static/specific IP ...

    In the screenshot below, the IP address of the Ethernet adapter is "192.168.1.33". In the list, the MAC address is identified as the Physical Address. In the screenshot below, the MAC address of the Ethernet adapter is "60-A4-4C-04-1D-85". To set up a Static/specific IP address: Step 1: Launch a browser and access router settings by keying in ...

  17. How to configure a static IP on Windows 10 or 11

    Open Settings. Click on Network & internet. (Optional) Click on Advanced network settings. Under the "More settings" section, click on Hardware and connection properties. Note the current IPv4 ,...

  18. Best practice

    183 1 1 5 How do you want to set IP for an end device in router? The only way is by configuring DHCP on router which is again dynamic IP Address assignment for the end devices. If you have less number of devices then static IP assignment won't harm. - MUSR Apr 14, 2016 at 3:35 I've clarified the question. - Joshua Michael Apr 14, 2016 at 5:43

  19. How to Set up Static Routing on a TP-Link Router

    Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for Router A. 3. Go to Advanced > Network > Routing. 4. Click Add and finish the settings according to the following explanations: Network Destination: The destination IP address that you want to assign to a static route.

  20. How to set static IP address on Windows 10

    Set static IP address on Windows 10 from Settings. To assign a static IP address on Windows 10, use these steps: Open Settings on Windows 10. Click on Network & Internet. Click on "Wi-Fi" or "Ethernet.". Click on the current network connection. Under the "IP settings" section, click the Edit button. Using the drop-down menu, select ...

  21. How to set up a static IP address in 2024

    Go to Apple menu and click on System preferences. Then, select Network. Select your network connection and click Advanced. in a new pop-up window, select TCP/IP tab. Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and select Manually. Fill in the details, such as IP address, subnet, etc., and apply the changes.

  22. How to Set Static IP Addresses on Your Eero Router

    The Select Device page shows all the devices connected to your router. Tap the specific device for which you want to set up a static IP address. On the next screen, tap the IP address, and then type the address you want the device to have. Tap "Save" in top-right corner. After that, the device you selected appears in the list of Reservations ...

  23. What Is a Static IP Address?

    A static IP address is an IP address that stays the same. Typically, users create static IP addresses manually; internet service providers, or ISPs, can assign them, as well.

  24. Assigning static IP address

    I have couple MikroTik RouterOS 7.13.4 on my Mikrotik hAP, but whatever I setup, it does not assign static IP address to any device. As you can see bellow on my currect setup .. I have Hotspot locked with IP+MAC, I have ARP table locked with IP+MAC and I have DHCP Server locked with IP+MAC, but still ...