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  • To set a static IP address in Windows 10 or 11, open Settings -> Network & Internet and click Properties for your active network.
  • Choose the "Edit" button next to IP assignment and change the type to Manual.
  • Flip the IPv4 switch to "On", fill out your static IP details, and click Save.

Sometimes, it's better to assign a PC its own IP address rather than letting your router assign one automatically. Join us as we take a look at assigning a static IP address in Windows.

A static IP address is manually set to a permanent, fixed address rather than being assigned automatically by your router using a procotol known as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP is a handy way for devices to connect to your network more easily, because you don't have to configure IP addressing for each new device yourself. The downside to automatic addressing is that it's possible for a device's IP address to change from time to time, which is why people choose static IPs for certain types of devices. For example:

  • You have a device like a home media server that you want to be able to find using the same IP address or host name each time.
  • You have certain apps that can only connect to network devices using their IP address. In particular, many older networking apps suffer this limitation.
  • You forward ports through your router to devices on your network. Some routers play nice with port forwarding and dynamic IP addresses; others do not.

Whatever your reason, assigning static IP addresses to devices is not difficult, but you do have a choice to make---whether to do it from the router or on the device itself.

Related: How to Set a Static IP Address in Ubuntu

While this article covers assigning static IP addresses to PCs within Windows itself, there is another way to go about it. Many routers allow you to assign a pool of IP addresses that are handed out to specific devices (based on the device's physical, or MAC address). This method offers a couple of significant advantages:

  • IP addresses are still managed by the router, meaning that you won't have to make (and keep up with) changes on each individual device.
  • It's easier to assign addresses within the same IP address pool your router uses.

This article is about assigning static IP addresses directly to PCs running Windows. We've already got a great guide on How to Set Static IP Addresses On Your Router , so if that's the way you want to go, be sure to give it a read.

With all that in mind, though, let's take a look at how to assign static IP addresses within any version of Windows.

Related: How to Find Your Router's IP Address on Any Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet

To set a static IP address in Windows 11, you'll want to open Settings, go to Network & Internet, and then find the Properties for your network. Inside there you'll be able to click the Edit button for IP Assignment and then fill out the manual network details.

First, open up the Settings app and then find Network & Internet on the left-hand side. You'll be presented with a panel that shows your current network connection. You can click where it says "Properties" right underneath the network, or if you have multiple network connections you can drill down into the specific network to see the IP address details for each one . In this case it's called "Ethernet", but you will most likely see "Wi-Fi" as the option to choose.

Network & Internet Settings Windows 11

Once you've drilled down into the network connection that you want to set a manual IP for, scroll down until you see "IP Assignment" and then click the Edit button to the right.

Windows 11 Ethernet settings

Once there, you'll flip the drop-down to "Manual" and switch the IPv4 switch to "On". At this point you can fill out your network details and click Save to finish.

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You can also use the old-school Network Connections panel in Windows 11, so if you prefer to use that method, keep reading.

If you're interested in more advanced networking, you might need to set up a static TCP/IP route , reset the entire TCP/IP stack on Windows , check open TCP/IP ports , find your MAC address on Windows , or find your IP address from the Command Prompt . We've got you covered there too.

To set a static IP address in Windows 10, you'll need to open the Settings app and drill down to Network & Internet. From there you'll select Properties for your network, and then the Edit button next to IP Assignment where you can input a manual IP address.

First, open the Settings app and locate the Network & Internet button.

Windows 10 settings app

On the next screen you'll see your network status, which should show you your active network. Here you'll want to click the Properties button. If you have multiple different networks, you could select them from the left-hand menu---in our case you'll notice we have both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks, so you'll want to pick the one that you are trying to set a manual IP address for. You'll notice this is the same method we use when we're trying to find an IP address on Windows 10 .

Windows 10 network & internet settings

On the network properties screen, scroll down until you see "IP settings" and click the Edit button under "IP assignment".

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In the resulting popup window, change the Edit IP settings dropdown to Manual and then flip the IPv4 switch to "On". Fill out the details, click Save, and you should be good to go.

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You might need to reboot to get all of your applications to work properly, just because it's Windows.

It's worth noting that you can use the old Network Connections method to set an IP address in any version of Windows, so if you prefer that method, keep reading.

To change the computer's IP address in Windows 7, you'll need to open the "Network Connections" window. Hit Windows+R, type "ncpa.cpl" into the Run box, and then hit Enter.

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In the "Network Connections" window, right-click the adapter for which you want to set a static IP address, and then select the "Properties" command.

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In the properties window for the adapter, select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and then click the "Properties" button.

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Select the "Use the following IP address" option, and then type in the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway that corresponds with your network setup. Next, type in your preferred and alternate DNS server addresses. Finally, select the "Validate settings upon exit" option so that Windows immediately checks your new IP address and corresponding information to ensure that it works. When you're ready, click the "OK" button.

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And then close out of the network adapter's properties window.

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Windows automatically runs network diagnostics to verify that the connection is good. If there are problems, Windows will give you the option of running the Network troubleshooting wizard. However, if you do run into trouble, the wizard likely won't do you too much good. It's better to check that your settings are valid and try again.

Changing your IP from DHCP to a Static address in Vista is similar to other versions of Windows, but getting to the correct location is a bit different. Open the Start Menu, right-click on Network, and select Properties.

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The Network and Sharing Center opens...click on Manage network connections.

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Right-click on the network adapter you want to assign an IP address and click Properties.

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Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.

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Now change the IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Addresses. When you're finished click OK.

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You'll need to close out of Local Area Connection Properties for the settings to go into effect.

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Open the Command Prompt and use the

command to verify that the changes were successful.

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To set a Static IP in Windows XP, right-click the "My Network Places" icon, and then select "Properties."

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Right-click the adapter for which you want to set the IP, and then select "Properties" from the context menu.

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Select the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" entry, and then click the "Properties" button.

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Select the "Use the following IP address" option. Type in the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server addresses you want to use. When you're finished, click the "OK" button.

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You will need to close out of the adapter's properties window before the changes go into effect.

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And you can verify your new settings by using the

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By and large, it's better to let most of your devices have their IP addresses assigned automatically by your router. Occasionally, though, you might want to set a static IP address for a particular device. While you can set static IP addresses directly on your devices (and this article has shown you how to do just that on Windows PCs), we still recommending setting up static IP addressing on your router if possible. It will just make life easier.

Related: How to Find Any Device's IP Address, MAC Address, and Other Network Connection Details

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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How to Set up Static IP Address on Windows 10

You can set up a static IP address for your Windows 10 computer from the network adapter settings. Follow these steps to setup static IP address.

When you connect to a network, more often than not, you will automatically get an IP address from the router or your ISP (Internet Service Provider). This is called a dynamic IP address. In case you don’t know, a dynamic IP address means that the IP address can change every time you reconnect to that same network. For most people, this is not a big deal, and never have to worry. However, if you want to reliably connect to a local network or if your ISP requires you to configure a specific IP address, set up a static IP address on Windows 10 .

For example, my ISP uses an additional layer of authentication besides the MAC address . In order to connect to my ISP’s network, I have to configure the static IP address given to me by them. Otherwise, I cannot connect to the ISP network to access the internet.

The good thing is, Windows 10 makes it very easy to change IP address to set a static IP address. All you have to do is open the adapter settings and setup the static IP address.

In this quick and short Windows guide, let me show you the steps to set the static IP address on Windows 10.

Note: Before making changes, make sure you are connected to the network.

Set static IP address on Windows 10

To set a static IP address on Windows 10, follow the steps given below.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Click on “Network & Internet.”
  • Select the “Status” tab on the sidebar.
  • Click on the “Properties” button in the right panel.
  • Scroll down and click “Edit” the “IP Settings” section.
  • Turn on the “IPv4” option.
  • Type the IP address, Subnet, Gateway, and Preferred DNS addresses.
  • Click on the “Save” button.

In Windows 10, you can set the static IP address from the Settings app. First, open the Settings app with “Win + I” keyboard shortcut. Go to the “Network & Internet -> Status” page. On the right panel, click on the “Properties” button under the active connection.

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In this page, scroll down and click on the “Edit” button under the “IP Settings” section.

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Turn on the “IPv4” option. Next, type all the details like the actual Static IP address, Subnet, Gateway, and Preferred DNS. Finally, click on the “Save” button. You can get all these details from the ISP or your network administrator. In case you are configuring a local network, you can get them from your router config page.

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From now on, Windows should connect to the network with the static IP address. If Windows is still using a dynamic IP address, restart the system. Doing so should apply the changes you just made.

That is all. It is that simple to set up a static IP address in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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How to Set a Static IP Address on a Windows PC

You can learn how to set up a static IP address on your computer. Here's how.

While most of the internet runs on dynamic addresses these days, static addresses are sometimes helpful to use as well. Whether you need to run a server of your own, set up external devices or services, or are just simply looking to explore, before you get your hands dirty, you need to know your way around and be super careful while setting up an IP address.

Moreover, there's more than one way to go about this. So, one by one, let's look at all the ways you can easily set up a static IP address on your Windows.

Static IP Addresses: The Whys and Hows

An IP address of a computer that stays the same over time is known as a Static IP address . This is in contrast to a dynamic IP Address, which is an address that can tweak over time.

Today, most devices use a dynamic IP address because of their ease of use and management. However, in rare cases, Static IP addresses can become handy. Some of those cases include:

  • When you have external devices that you can only connect to your network through your IP address.
  • When you connect to other networks through a VPN.
  • Static IP addresses can make hosting a server somewhat easier.

Because of a slew of such benefits, using a Static IP address can make your life super easy in some situations. So, now let's look at the different methods you can use to set up a static IP address for yourself.

How to Set a Static IP Address on Windows 11

Like most things on Windows, you have multiple ways to do this. Let's look at the most straightforward method first, which is using Windows Settings.

Here's how you can set a static IP Address using the Windows settings:

  • Head to the Start menu search bar, type in 'settings,' and select the best match. Alternatively, press the Windows Key + I to launch the Settings menu.
  • Then head to Network & internet settings .
  • Look for the Properties button. It's right next to your connection settings.
  • Scroll down and look for the IP assignment section. Then click on Edit .
  • In the new Edit IP settings dialog box, click on the scroll-down menu and select Manual .
  • Toggle on the switch for the IPv4 button.
  • Fill in all the network details here, including the IP address , Subnet mask , Gateway , and then click on Save .

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Follow the above steps meticulously, and your Windows 11 will have a new static IP address from here on.

How to Set Up a Static IP Address on Windows 10

The basics of setting up an IP Address in Windows 10 are similar. Even though the implementation of steps might differ here and there, you have to follow a pattern that's pretty much the same. Here's how:

  • Open the Windows 10 Settings.
  • Click on Network & Internet .
  • Depending on how you are connected to the Internet, select Wi-Fi or Ethernet .
  • Select the current network connection.

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  • Toggle on the IPv4 switch.
  • Set up the static IP address here and fill in other relevant information, such as the Preferred DNS , Default Gateway , etc.
  • Click on Save .

After you are done, you will have a new static IP address on your PC from here on.

How to Set Up a Static IP With Command Prompt

The above method, using the Settings GUI, is only one of the ways to tweak your IP address settings. For those of you who tilt more towards a command line rather than a simple click-and-play GUI, luckily, alternatives exist. For instance, you can also use the Command prompt, and set up the address with just a few commands.

To change up your IP address through your Command Prompt, follow the below steps:

  • Head to the Start menu search bar, type in 'cmd,' and launch the cmd as administrator.
  • Type in the following command in the cmd and hit Enter : ipconfig /all
  • Subnet mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Servers
  • Type in the following command to assign static IP address on your Windows and hit Enter : netsh interface ip set address name= "Ethernet1" static 10.1.4.220 255.255.255.0 10.1.4.1 In the above command, replace Ethernet1 with the name of your adapter, and 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
  • Now type the following command to set up a DNS server address and hit Enter : netsh interface ip set dns name= "Ethernet1" static 10.1.4.1

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That's it. Your new static IP address will be set up from here.

How to Set Up a Static IP Address With PowerShell

PowerShell is another tool primarily handy for power users, designed to give them more control and management capabilities through task automation. If any of the above methods fail, you can also use PowerShell to set up the Static IP Address. Here’s how you can get started:

  • Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘powershell,’ and run it as administrator.
  • Type the following command to view your current network configuration and press Enter : Get-NetIPConfiguration
  • InterfaceIndex
  • IPv4Address
  • IPv4DefaultGateway
  • Type in the following command to set up a static IP address and hit Enter : New-NetIPAddress -InterfaceIndex 10 -IPAddress 10.1.4.119 -PrefixLength 24 -DefaultGateway 10.1.4.1
  • Here, replace all values of information. Replace the InterfaceIndex number (10) with the number assigned to your adapter. Similarly, replace the above IPAddress with a static IP address that you want to set.
  • Finally, type in the following command to assign the DNS server address and hit Enter : Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceIndex 10 -ServerAddresses 10.1.4.1

Again, replace the InterfaceIndex number (10) with your network’s corresponding number. Also, replace the ServerAddress with the DNS IP address.

You will have a new static IP address as soon as you finish all the above steps.

Setting up a Static IP Address on a Windows PC

Setting up your static IP address doesn't have to be complicated. If you follow the above methods we have laid out above, you should be done without any significant difficulties.

And while static IP address has their uses, dynamic addresses are undoubtedly necessary. So, before you make an important switch, ensure you understand their significant differences well.

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How to Assign a Static IP Address to a Windows 11/10 PC

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Usually, your network router assigns a dynamic IP address to your devices, including your Windows 10 and 11 PCs. If you need a static IP address for your PC, you either need to configure your router or change a settings option on your computer.

The good thing is there are multiple ways to assign a static IP address to your Windows PC. Depending on what you feel comfortable with, you can choose a method and proceed with it to acquire a fixed IP address for your machine.

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Why Use a Static IP Address?

There are many reasons you need a static IP address. It’s possible you use a remote connection to connect to your PC. In this case, having a permanent IP address makes establishing the remote connection easier.

Similarly, if you use your PC for network file sharing , a static IP address ensures the other devices on your network can connect to your PC without any reconfigurations.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 11/10 PC Using Your Router

One way to get a static IP for your PC is by configuring your router to allocate a specified IP address to your machine. Most routers offer this option but how you configure the router is different for each router model.

Generally, you’d follow the following steps to configure a static IP for your PC on your network router.

Find Your Network Adapter’s MAC Address

For your router to identify your PC and assign it a specific IP address, you need to enter your network adapter’s (which is in your PC) unique MAC address on your router’s settings page.

So, let’s first find your network adapter’s MAC address:

  • Open the Start menu, search for Command Prompt , and select Command Prompt in the search results.

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  • Type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter :

ipconfig /all

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  • Command Prompt will display various values on your screen. Find your network adapter here and look for the Physical Address field’s value. That’s your adapter’s unique MAC address. Make a note of this address.

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Configure Your Router to Assign a Static IP to Your PC

You now need to access your router’s settings page. For most routers, you can do this by entering the 192.168.1.1 IP address in a web browser on your computer. If this doesn’t work for you, consult your router’s manual to find out how to access the settings page.

  • Launch a web browser on your computer, type the following IP address, and press Enter .

192.168.1.1

  • You’ll see your router’s login page. Enter your router’s username and password and continue. For most routers, you can use admin in both username and password fields.
  • Select Network Settings at the top of your router’s settings page.

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  • Choose DHCP Client & Address Reservation from the sidebar on the left.
  • Enter the static IP address you’d like to assign to your PC in the IP Address field on the right.

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  • Type your network adapter’s unique MAC address in the MAC Address field. Then, select Add and then select OK at the bottom of the page.
  • Restart your router.

When your Windows 11 or 10 PC connects to your router, your router will assign the specified IP address to your PC. This will happen each time you connect your PC to your router.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 10 PC

If you don’t wish to configure your router’s settings, the other way to assign a static IP address to your Windows 10 PC is by using the Windows Settings app. You can configure your IP settings in this app to ensure your PC always gets a unique static IP.

However, there’s a slight issue with this method. If your router has already assigned the IP address that you want for your PC to another device, you’ll experience issues connecting your PC to your router .

To get around this, try to use an IP address far beyond the general IP addresses that your router assigns. For example, if your router usually gives IP addresses up to, say, 192.168.1.10, then use 192.168.1.20 as the static IP for your PC.

To proceed with this method:

  • Open the Settings app on your PC by pressing Windows + I keys at the same time.
  • Select Network & Internet on the Settings window.

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  • Scroll down the Status page that opens and choose Change adapter options .

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  • You’ll see a list of your network adapters. Right-click the adapter that you use with your network and select Properties from the menu.

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  • Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in the list and select Properties .

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  • Enable the Use the following IP address option on the following window.

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  • Select the IP address field and type the static IP address you’d like to assign to your PC.
  • Fill in the Subnet mask field, which is usually 255.255.255.0 . Type your router’s gateway, which is usually 192.168.1.1 , in the Default gateway field.
  • For DNS servers, you can use Google’s Public DNS. To use these, select the Preferred DNS server field and type 8.8.8.8 . Select the Alternate DNS server field and type 8.8.4.4 . Then, choose OK .
  • Close the Properties window by selecting Close .

Your Windows 10 PC will disconnect from your router, and it will then automatically reconnect. After this reconnection, your PC should now have the specified static IP address allocated to it.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 11 PC

Like with Windows 10, you can use the Windows Settings app to assign a static IP address to your Windows 11 PC.

  • Press Windows + I keys simultaneously to open the Settings app.
  • Select Network & internet from the sidebar on the left in Settings.

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  • Select Advanced network settings at the bottom of the Network & internet page.

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  • Find your network adapter in the list and select the adapter. Then, select View additional properties .

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  • Select Edit next to IP assignment .

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  • Choose Manual from the Edit IP settings dropdown menu. Then, toggle on the IPv4 option.

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  • Select the IP address field and type the static IP address to assign to your PC.

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  • Select the Subnet mask field and enter 255.255.255.0 . Enter your router’s IP address, which is usually 192.168.1.1 , in the Default gateway field.
  • Enter 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS field. Enter 8.8.4.4 in the Alternate DNS field.
  • Select Save at the bottom.

And your Windows 11 PC now has a static IP address assigned to it. In the future, your PC will continue to acquire this static IP address from your router, provided there are no IP conflict issues with your router .

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How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 10

Not only on Windows 10 but setting a static IP address would probably render you best in any case. In an example, where you might want to share your other devices with a local network and don’t assign a static address, it might fail at the end.

Assigning a static IP address will allow your PC to provide other devices or port forwarding configurations seamlessly. It’s just because, connected devices usually use dynamic IP addresses assigned by the DHCP server, which can change just as you restart your machine.

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Why should you Assign a Static IP Address?

Usually, it’s not that much of a big deal. But there are situations where you might need a static IP address just to keep things running smoothly.

For Example: You have a home media server, which you want to be able to locate without any problem and you want to discover it through IP address. Using an IP address, in this case, can come in handy these situations.

You might have apps that can only connect to the internet with an IP address.

Forwarding ports through a router to other devices on your network can work fine with some of them but not with all of them.

It doesn’t matter whatever your reasons are; you can just assign an address and lay back without any disruptions in your work life.

But not to worry, today, I’ll tell you how to assign a static IP address in Windows 10. So, even if you don’t know how to do it, now you will be able to without a fuss. So, let’s see how it goes.

Assigning Static IP Address in Windows 10

Follow the steps below accordingly to assign a static IP address,

Step-1: First of all, you need to go to the Start menu and open  Network Connections . So, for that just press  Windows Key + R  and type in  ncpa.cpl . After that just hit  Enter .

Step-2:  After you have opened  Network Connections , look for the connection you are currently using. Right-click that and then go to  Properties .

Step-3:  Go through the list and find  Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)  and select it. After that click the  Properties  button at the right bottom corner.

Step-4:  Next, select the  Use the following IP address  option.

Note:  When you assign a static IP address, you need to make sure that nothing will conflict with the address you provided. If you are using a router, you need to check the range of IP addresses it assigns.

Step-5:  Go to the  IP address  field and enter the IP address value you want to assign on the computer.

Note:  Let’s assume that the DHCP range of your router is 192.168.1.100-200. So, in this case, you can use any one from 192.168.1.2-99. You can see this option on the routers server; it should be available there.

Step-6:  Go to the  Subnet mask  and enter 255.255.255.0.

Step-7:  After that, go to the  default gateway  field and enter the IP address of your router or gateway device.

Note:  By default, the getaway address for most routers is 192.168.1.1. Although, it’s best to be safe and go through the documentation before doing anything here.

Step-8:  You can take a look at the exact DNS values that your router is getting from your ISP and assign those in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields. You’ll find these in the router’s configuration page.

Step-9:  After you have set everything, just click  OK  to save your details saved.

There, you have successfully assigned a static IP address in Windows 10.

Assign Static IP Address via your Router

Although it’s best to assign the address using the Network Connections, you can also assign it using another method.

  • The router will manage IP addresses but this way you won’t have to worry about changing it now and then for individual devices.
  • It’s effortless to assign IP addresses within the same IP address range your router uses.

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By: Waseem Patwegar | August 7, 2023

Windows operating system provides the option to connect to Internet using both Static and Dynamic IP Address. You can find below the steps to Set Static IP Address in Windows 10.

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Assign Static IP Address in Windows 10

The default option on a Windows computer is to connect to internet using a Dynamic IP as assigned by the Router or a combined Modem/Router unit.

Being Dynamic in nature, the assigned IP Address of the computer changes whenever the DHCP lease expires and it can also change when the Modem/Router is restarted.

This means that “File and Printer Sharing” feature on the computer will eventually stop working, as soon as the computer is assigned a New Dynamic IP Address.

However, you can prevent this from happening by assigning a Static IP Address to your computer using steps as provided below.

Step #1. Find Router IP Address

The first step is find the IP Address of the Router which is responsible for assigning IP Address to all devices that are connected to your Home or Office Network.

1. Type Command Prompt in Windows search bar > right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Admin .

Open Command Prompt As Admin

2. In Command Prompt window, type ipconfig/all and press the Enter key.

IP Config all Command

3. Once the command is executed, scroll down the list of entries to “WiFi” or “Ethernet” section as required and note down Subnet Mask Address and the DHCP Server Address (Router IP Address).

Router IP Address on Command Prompt Screen

4. Close Command Prompt window.

Step #2. Set Static IP Address

After noting down Subnet Mask and DHCP Server Address, follow the steps below to Assign or Set Static IP Address for your computer.

1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Select your active network ( WiFi or Ethernet) in the left-pane. In the right-pane,  scroll down and click on Change adapter options link under “Related Settings”.

Change Network Adapter Options on Windows PC

2. On the next screen, right-click on your active Network ( WiFi or Ethernet) and click on Properties .

Open WiFi Network Properties on Windows PC

3. On the properties screen, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties .

Open IPV4 Properties

4. On IPv4 properties screen, select Use the following IP Address option > Enter Default Gateway (Router IP Address), Subnet Mask Address (As obtained in the first step), Enter Static IP Address and click on OK .

Change IPV4 Address on Windows PC

As you can see in above image, the first 3 number sets (192.175.0 in this case) in IP Address Field need to be the same as the Default Gateway Address and you can only change the last number set with any number from 1 to 255.

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How to Set Up A Static IP Address on Windows 10

You can manually assign IP addresses to your computers and devices.

These addresses are known as static addresses. See Home network addresses for more details.

To set up a static address you need to locate the Connection you are using.

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1. Click on the Windows Icon Lower left.

2. Click the Settings icon

3. The windows setting screen appears click on the network and Internet link.

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4. In the Network status pane locate the change adapter options link and click it

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5. You should now see your network adapters. I have two installed and the Wi-Fi adapter is disabled. If your PC is equipped with two; as most are, then only use one and disable the other.

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7. Use the scroll bar to locate TCP/IPv4 and click it to highlight it,and then click the properties button .

Local-connection-properties

1. My home network use the network address 192.168.1 (first three numbers) also common is 192.168.0 and 10.x.x.x

2. The default gateway is the address of your home router. This is assigned to the router as a static IP address. It can be changed as part of the home router set up .

3. The subnet mask is important anf is usually 255.255.255.0

4. You need the address of 1 DNS server to access websites on the Internet. The Google DNS server is available to use for free but you can use your ISP DNS servers.

5. You can choose to manually assign the DNS addresses and automatically assign the IP address or vice versa.

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Frontier Communications supplied me with an Arris NVG468MQ router. I use NordVPN. I want to set up port forwarding and would like to know if I first should set up a static IP address. If so, should I disable the VPN prior to doing that? If not, which IPv4, Subnet, and DNS server(s) should I use from cmd -> ipconfig /all? I show the following while NordVPN is enabled:

Windows IP Configuration: Host Name: xxxxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx

Unknown Adapter NordLynx: Media State: Media Disconnected Connection Specific DNS Suffix: (empty) Description: NordLynx Tunnel Physical address: (empty) DHCP Enabled: No Autoconfig enabled: Yes

Ethernet Adapter Ethernet 2 Descriptioon: TAP-NordVPN Windows adapter V9 xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

Ethernet Adpater Ethernet: Connection specific DNS suffix: Home Description: Intel gigabit network coonection IPv4 address: xxxxxxx SUbnmet: xxxxxxx Default Gateway: xxxxxxx DHCP Server: xxxxxx DNS Servers: xxxxxxx (only 1)

Wireless LAN adapter Wi FI: Media State: media disconnected

Have not used Nord vpn but I don’t think that port forwarding will work to the machine running it. Rgds Steve

Extremely helpful. Just bought a second hand Computer with Windows 16 server installed. Was trying to understand how to set up a home network using that. This has made it much easier to understand the static IP bit. Thanks

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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 .

Last Updated:04/25/2023 | Article ID: 27476

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I n this tutorial, we are going to see how to set static IP address in Windows 10 using CMD . There are several methods to set a static IP address in Windows 10. In this tutorial, we will see together how to set a static IP address from the Command Prompt.

In Windows 10, setting a static IP address for your device is an essential configuration that may be required in a number of scenarios. For example, if you plan to share files or a printer on a local network, or when you try to set up port forwarding.

Using CMD may seem difficult for some users, yet it is one of the fastest ways to assign a static IP address in Windows 10.

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How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 10?

Every computer connected to the internet should have a unique number. This number is called IP address and used for identifying the computer and monitor the activities originating from that IP address . This will help to easily block the particular IP address whenever there are spam and malicious activities from that IP. Generally, your internet service provider (ISP) will buy a bulk range of IP addresses and assign to the clients like you dynamically whenever you connected to the internet.

The dynamic IP assignment may result in multiple issues and you may not able to get the same identity every time. Setting your own static IP address is used varyingly and in different occasions. Some people do it so that their IP address remains the same and doesn’t change from time to time. Some others do it for whitelisting their IP for accessing applications.

In any case, we’ll be going over how to change your IP address in Windows 10 PC to one that is static.

How to Change IP Address in Windows PC?

To begin with, you’ll need to open the “Network Connections” window. You can do this by pressing “Win + R” keys to open “Run” dialog box and then searching for “ncpa.cpl”.

Open Network Connections in Windows 10

The window should look something like below.

Network Connections Window

The “Network Connections” window will show you all available wired, wireless, VPN and LAN networks on your computer. In the above example we have an Ethernet adapter as we are connected to internet using a network cable. If you are using wireless router then you will be seeing the network name of your Wi-Fi connection .

From here, we need to right click on the active connection that we want to set an IP address on, and select properties, like so.

Network Connections Window Right Click

Once in the properties window, chose the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”. It should look something like this:

Network Adapter Properties

Change IP, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway

Now, double click on the TCP/IPv4 option. Because we want to actually change the IP address to something that we want, the option that you want to select in there is “Use the following IP address”. This is where we get to choose what the IP address is. Make sure that you enter an IP address that you have obtained from your ISP.

Change IP Address in TCP:IPv4 Properties

Be careful when setting your IP address though, as the values of the IP address sections can only be between 0 and 255. Otherwise, it will likely come up with error like this one:

Wrong IP Address Error Message

What we need to do next is put in a Subnet mask in the box below the IP Address. A Subnet mask, for those that don’t know, is basically something that hides your IP address and splits it into your network and host addresses. So, let’s go ahead and put that in. In most cases when you click on the section and Windows will auto fill it for you.

Assign Subnet Mask IP

The default gateway section can just be left blank, because that will just be the router itself.

Note: Remember to get a valid IP address from your ISP which is supported by all your devices including the router. Actually you can configure the static IP address on your router so that all the connected devices can have the same IP.

Assigning Manual DNS

A DNS server address is essentially something that takes domain names, or websites, and resolves them into IP addresses. Similar to IP address, DNS servers also assigned automatically by your ISP. If you like to assign manual DNS servers, all that’s left to do now is put in the preferred and alternate DNS Server addresses. So, we can go ahead and place each of those in like so.

Assign DNS IP Addresses

Remember to enter reliable DNS servers like Google public DNS since all your browsing activities will be routed through these DNS servers. Also enter both the preferred and alternate DNS server IP addresses. The alternate server will act as a backup for the preferred server whenever it fails.

Validating the IP Assignment

It is important to validate the IP addresses you entered are correct. Before clicking on the “OK” button, ensure to tick the little box in the corner that says, “Validate settings upon exit”. What this does is simple. It checks all your new IP address settings to see if they work and informs you accordingly. So that, down the track, you don’t struggle with your network connection and wonder, “why is this happening to me?”

With that done, press the “Ok” button, and then press it again on the “Properties” window. If all goes well, your computer should run diagnostics on the new IP address and give you feedback on it. If the IP address isn’t working, it will show a diagnostic tool, like this:

Networks Diagnostics Window

You can either choose to select the “Apply this fix” or choose “skip this step” option. Apply this fix meaning that it will revert your IP address settings back to what they were previously and assign them automatically. Skip this step usually results in the connection being disabled. In this case, you can then go back and repeat the steps above, but with an IP address that is supported by your ISP and router.

Due to this happening, it is recommended that you look at the related settings and IP addresses for your router before you start changing to static IP address. If your router supports the IP address and DNS server addresses, then you have just successfully created static IP address for your Windows 10 PC.

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Greetings, HELP, I’m really afraid to do this! WAN’T to do it though. Can’t I somehow get a hold of my IPS somehow before I Start all this & get my next working IP Address & Subnet Mask before I try yo enter my own numbers before I try just setting it myself with various numbers?

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  • Click the Start menu icon, then click Settings .
  • In the Settings window, click Network & Internet .

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  • Enter the preferred and alternate DNS server addresses (see Settings for Static IP )
  • Click OK to save the changes.

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  • Open a web browser and test your connection.

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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.

Your private information

My ip address.

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MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK

Region/ State:

Hide my IP address

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Browser name:

Browser version:

Device brand:

Device type:

Postal code:

  • 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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How to change from static to dynamic IP address on Windows 10

Are you using a static IP address? Here are four ways to switch to a dynamic configuration on Windows 10.

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On Windows 10, you can configure a network adapter to use a static IP address manually, or you can use an automatically assigned configuration using the local Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server.

Although using a static IP address is recommended for devices that provide services to network users, as its configuration never changes, it may come a time when you may no longer need this configuration, and a dynamically assigned network configuration will be more suited.

If you use a static IP address and need to switch to a dynamic configuration, it’s possible to perform this task in several ways, including using the Settings app, Control Panel, Command Prompt, and even PowerShell.

In this guide , you’ll learn the steps to remove a static IP address configuration to obtain a dynamic configuration from the DHCP server on Windows 10 .

Change to dynamic IP address (DHCP) from Settings

Change to dynamic ip address (dhcp) from command prompt, change to dynamic ip address (dhcp) from powershell, change to dynamic ip address (dhcp) from control panel.

To enable DHCP to obtain a TCP/IP configuration automatically on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings on Windows 10.

Click on Network & Internet .

Click on Ethernet or Wi-Fi .

Click the network connection.

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

Edit IP settings on Windows 10

Use the Edit IP settings drop-down menu and select the Automatic (DHCP) option.

Enable automatic (DHCP) IP address using Settings app

Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the networking stack configuration will reset, and your device will request an IP address from the DHCP server (usually your router).

To switch from a static TCP/IP configuration to a dynamically assigned configuration using DHCP with 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 note the name of the network adapter and press Enter

Network adapter name using Command Prompt

Type the following command to configure the network adapter to obtain its TCP/IP configuration using DHCP and press Enter :

In the command, make sure to change “Ethernet1” for the adapter’s name that you want to configure.

Enable DHCP on Windows 10 using Command Prompt

After completing the steps, the network adapter will stop using a static IP address, and it’ll obtain a configuration automatically from the DHCP server.

To remove a static IP and DNS addresses to use a dynamic configuration using PowerShell, use these steps:

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

Type the following command to note the “InterfaceIndex” number for the network adapter and press Enter :

Network interface information using PowerShell

Type the following command to enable the network adapter to obtain its TCP/IP configuration using DHCP and press Enter :

In the command, make sure to change “Ethernet0” for the adapter’s name that you want to configure.

Type the following command to enable the network adapter to obtain its DNS configuration using DHCP and press Enter :

In the command, change “3” for the InterfaceIndex for the adapter to configure.

Enable DHCP for dynamic IP assignment using PowerShell

Once you complete the steps, the IP and DNS addresses will be reset from the adapter, and your computer will receive a new dynamic configuration from DHCP.

To configure a network adapter to use a dynamic IP address using Control Panel, use these steps:

Open Control Panel .

Click on Network and Internet .

Click on Network and Sharing Center .

On the left pane, click the “Change adapter settings” option.

Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel

Right-click the network adapter and select the  Properties option.

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

Click the Properties button.

Ethernet1 Properties on Windows 10

Select the “Obtain an IP address automatically” option.

Select the “Obtain the following DNS server address automatically” option.

Enable dynamic IP address (DHCP) using Control Panel

Click the OK button.

After completing the steps, the statically assigned TCP/IP configuration will no longer be available, and the computer will automatically request a dynamic network configuration from the network.

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  1. How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 10 or Windows 11

    To set a static IP address in Windows 10 or 11, open Settings -> Network & Internet and click Properties for your active network. Choose the "Edit" button next to IP assignment and change the type to Manual. Flip the IPv4 switch to "On", fill out your static IP details, and click Save.

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

    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...

  3. How to set static IP address on Windows 10

    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.

  4. How to set a static IP in Windows 10 [Easy Setup]

    1. Set it manually Right-click on the network icon on your taskbar. Select the Open Network & Internet settings option. Click on Change adapter options under the Change your network settings area. Right-click on your network connection and select Properties. Go to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on it.

  5. How to Set a Static IP Address for a Windows 10 PC

    There are many reasons why you might want to set a static IP address for your Windows 10 PC. In most cases, your router will assign your computer a dynamic IP address, meaning it changes from time to time. This can make it hard to access your computer remotely, use certain programs, and let other users on your network send you files.

  6. How to Set Up a Static IP Address

    How-To Networking How to Set Up a Static IP Address DHCP is fine, unless you're looking to perform advanced networking tasks. Here's how to set a Static IP address (or DHCP reservation) for any...

  7. How to set a Static IP Address in Windows 11/10

    1] Setting a static IP address via Control Panel Right-click the network (or Wi-Fi) icon visible on Windows 10 Taskbar. From the list of 2 options displayed, select the latter one - Open...

  8. How to Set up Static IP Address on Windows 10

    Set static IP address on Windows 10. To set a static IP address on Windows 10, follow the steps given below. Click on "Network & Internet.". Select the "Status" tab on the sidebar. Click on the "Properties" button in the right panel. Scroll down and click "Edit" the "IP Settings" section. Turn on the "IPv4" option.

  9. How to Set a Static IP Address on a Windows PC

    In the new Edit IP settings dialog box, click on the scroll-down menu and select Manual. Toggle on the switch for the IPv4 button. Fill in all the network details here, including the IP address, Subnet mask, Gateway, and then click on Save.

  10. How to set a static IP address using Settings app on Windows 10

    To set up a static IP address configuration for an Ethernet (wire) adapter using the Settings app, use these steps: Open Settings. Click on Network & Internet. Click on Ethernet. Select the connection that you want to configure. Ethernet connections on Windows 10. Under the "IP settings" section, click the Edit button.

  11. How to Assign a Static IP Address to a Windows 11/10 PC

    Open the Start menu, search for Command Prompt, and select Command Prompt in the search results. Type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter: ipconfig /all Command Prompt will display various values on your screen. Find your network adapter here and look for the Physical Address field's value.

  12. How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 10 (Solution)

    Assigning Static IP Address in Windows 10 Follow the steps below accordingly to assign a static IP address, Step-1: First of all, you need to go to the Start menu and open Network Connections. So, for that just press Windows Key + R and type in ncpa.cpl. After that just hit Enter.

  13. How to Set Static IP Address in Windows 10

    Step #2. Set Static IP Address. After noting down Subnet Mask and DHCP Server Address, follow the steps below to Assign or Set Static IP Address for your computer. 1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Select your active network ( WiFi or Ethernet) in the left-pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on Change adapter options link ...

  14. How to Set Up A Static IP Address on Windows 10

    To set up a static address you need to locate the Connection you are using. 1. Click on the Windows Icon Lower left. 2. Click the Settings icon. 3. The windows setting screen appears click on the network and Internet link. 4. In the Network status pane locate the change adapter options link and click it.

  15. How do I set a static IP address in Windows?

    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.

  16. How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 10!

    🌐 Take control of your network settings! In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll guide you through the process of assigning a static IP address in Windows 10. ...

  17. How To Set Static IP Address in Windows 10 using CMD

    There are several methods to set a static IP address in Windows 10. In this tutorial, we will see together how to set a static IP address from the Command Prompt. In Windows 10, setting a static IP address for your device is an essential configuration that may be required in a number of scenarios.

  18. How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 10?

    You can do this by pressing "Win + R" keys to open "Run" dialog box and then searching for "ncpa.cpl". Open Network Connections in Windows 10. The window should look something like below. Network Connections Window. The "Network Connections" window will show you all available wired, wireless, VPN and LAN networks on your computer.

  19. How to set router to assign static IP address automatically to Windows 10

    Click on LAN from the left pane. Click on the DHCP tab. Under the "Manually Assigned IP around the DHCP list" section, use the drop-down to select the MAC address of the device you want to configure. In the "IP Address" section, specify the static IP address you want the computer to use. Click the Add (+) button.

  20. Setting up Static IP in Windows 10 and 11

    Click the Start menu icon, then click Settings.; In the Settings window, click Network & Internet.; Under Network & Internet, click Status.; Under Advanced network settings, click Change adapter options.; Right-click the adapter you want to set a static IP address for and choose Properties.; In the Properties window, double-click Internet Protocol Versi4 (TCP/IPv4).

  21. How to set up a static IP address

    How to set a static IP address on Windows 10 and 11. 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.". Input the IP address ...

  22. Windows 10 will not allow me to set a static IP

    Yes No Replies (12) Hi Every time I try to set a static IP for my PC i lose all internet access and the diagnostic wizard states i HAVE to use DHCP to allow access to the internet WTF WINDOWS this has started after an

  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. How to change from static to dynamic IP address on Windows 10

    Open Settings on Windows 10. Click on Network & Internet. Click on Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Click the network connection. Under the "IP settings" section, click the Edit button. Use the Edit IP settings drop-down menu and select the Automatic (DHCP) option. Click the Save button. Once you complete the steps, the networking stack configuration ...