How to Set Static IP on Windows and Mac

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The aim of this guide is to cover the general steps for assigning a computer a static IP Address. In some cases, one will need to set their computer to a specific IP range in order to access devices on that range but without a DHCP server assigning an address.

Windows

In order to change a computer IP address from DHCP (Dynamic) to static, we will have to change the adapter settings. Depending on the generation of Windows OS you are currently running there are slight differences between each OS on how to get to your adapter settings.

Windows 10

Step 1: Simply click on the network icon in your system tray at the bottom right corner. It will either look like a computer monitor icon or the wifi symbol. Once you click on it select Network and Internet Settings.

Step 2: On the Network status window in the middle of the page is Change your network settings right below it you can select Change adapter options.

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Step 3: Right-click the appropriate network adapter (IE: Ethernet 3) and select properties.

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  • On the network adapter page you may have one or multiple adapters depending on the number of different connections you have. For example Ethernet for one's hardline connection and WiFi adapters so one can be able to connect to the wireless network.

Step 4: Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and select Properties.

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Step 5: Select Use the following IP address afterward you can enter the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default Gateway. Click OK and close the Local Area Connection properties window.

  • If you need to change your computer back to DHCP(Dynamic) just follow the previous steps again and just select Obtain an IP address automatically instead of Use the following IP address.

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Windows 7

Step 1: Click Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center. (For Windows 8 and higher, search for and open Control Panel and select Network And Internet).

Step 2: Click Change adapter settings.

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Step 3: Right-click the appropriate network adapter (IE: Ethernet 3) and select properties.

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  • On the network adapter page you may have one or multiple adapters depending on the number of different connections you have. For example Ethernet for one's hardline connection and WiFi adapters so one can be able to connect to the wireless network.

Step 4: Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and select Properties.

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Step 5: Select Use the following IP address afterward you can enter the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default Gateway. Click OK and close the Local Area Connection properties window.

  • If you need to change your computer back to DHCP(Dynamic) just follow the previous steps again and just select Obtain an IP address automatically instead of Use the following IP address

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Mac OS

Step 1: On Mac at the top of the screen next to date and time select the network icon (usually a wifi icon). From the list select Open Network Preferences…

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Step 2: The network panel opens, showing all the available interfaces. Click the interface you want to configure (usually Ethernet or Wi-Fi).

Step 3: Click the Advanced button to view the full manual interface for network settings.

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Step 4: The Advanced configuration screen appears. Click TCP/IP in the button bar to access the common TCP/IP network settings.

Step 5: Use the Configure IPv4 drop-down menu to change your settings to be configured Manually.

Step 6: Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Router.

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