Setting the static IP on Windows becomes useful in some situations. Usually, our router sets or assigns the IP address of the computer or pc. If you are wondering how to Set a Static IP on Windows, then you are visiting a detailed article which guides about setting a static IP address on Windows. Significant and essential differences between Automatic Addressing of IP and Static IP addressing might be useful before choosing a suitable scheme for IP addresses.
Automatic Addressing of IP vs. Static IP Addressing
By default, using DHCP or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol which is a famous protocol, our router sets and assigns all the IP addresses on our pc or system. DHCP saves time for yourselves because you do not need to set or create IP addresses for every new device which are connected to the internet or other networks through your system. One thing to remember about DHCP or automatic IP addressing scheme is that sometimes the IP addresses of some devices are changed or modified at different time intervals.
Here are some cases which are shown and elaborated in which you might consider choosing the Static IP address or IP addresses that are not changed at a different time interval.
1) If you own a Media Server for your home (Personal Netowork) which should be reliable and safe and which you can easily find using a single IP address that is not changing from time to time.
2) If you need to troubleshoot your home server or interconnected network. Static IP Addresses helps in this scenario because some applications and programs are connected to your network with the IP addresses on their own.
3) While applying the DHCP or Dynamic Host Control Protocol, some routers become messy and uncontrollable while forwarding the ports.
How to Set a Static IP on Windows 10/8 and 7
1) To set a static IP on Windows 10,8 or 7, you have to open the “Run Dialog Box” or “Windows + R” command keys. In this Run Dialog Box, type in the lines or command called “ncpa.cpl” and then press the Enter key from your keyboard.
2) The above commands should have opened a window of the Network Connections. Now you have to right-click on the network adapter for which you wish to set a Static IP address. After opting for the appropriate Network Adapter and right-clicking on it, choose the option called Properties.
Note: This setting of static IP on windows pc sometimes requires administrative permissions.
3) In your selected Network Adapter’s Properties window, choose the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then choose Properties option and click on it.
4) Now in the “Use the following IP address” section, you have to fill in the required fields like IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway with a similar setup for your network.
Now in the “Use the following DNS server addresses” section, you have to type in the Alternate DNS server address and the Preferred DNS server address.
Now check on the “Validate settings upon exit” checkbox for making sure that these settings for your network work and the Windows have confirmed it.
After finalizing all the IP address values and the DNS server values, click on the OK button which is available at the bottom of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) window.
Now close down the property window of your selected network adapter.
Now the automatic diagnostics of the network done by the windows will check for the network connectivity. Windows will provide you an option for running a wizard for troubleshooting the network if it finds any problems or glitches in the network. But troubleshooting wizards for the network hardly helps to solve any network issues so you should double-check the network values and parameter and repair the system yourself.
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Guide to Set a Static IP on Windows Vista
Setting the static IP on Windows Vista is almost identical to what we have seen in setting the static IP on Windows 7,8 and 10, but some locations for finding the network adapter are different in the case of Windows Vista.
1) Open the Start Menu from the Windows Logo Icon from the extreme bottom left of the main window. Then right-clicking on the Network section will state various options like Open, Explore, Map network drive, Properties, etc. You have to opt for the Properties option for the Network section and click on it.
2) The first step for setting the static IP opens the Network and Sharing Center window. Selecting the Manage network connections from the menu panel present on the left side will open the list of network adapters and connections available on your computer.
3) Now select the network adapter on which you have to change the IP type to static and then repeat the step no 3 and 4 from the method of setting the static IP on windows 7,8 and 10.
Note: In windows vista, you will see the network name as Local Area Connection instead of Ethernet which is described in Windows 7,8 and 10.
4) Now for confirming the Static IP changes, you can type in the code “ipconfig” in the Command Prompt Window and press enter.
Although you may find setting the static IP of windows through the Windows OS itself a straightforward approach, you should know that most of the devices connected to your network are assigned IP by the router or the modem for the ethernet. Therefore changing the Static IP from your router is an easy approach over changing it from the Windows operating system.
We hope this article about How to Set a Static IP on Windows has solved your query and helped you to conclude to a suitable and efficient solution to assign a static IP address instead of the dynamic IP address.