How to Set a Static IP Address

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Does your gaming system seem to lose connection randomly?  Are you struggling to get your VPN to work how you want?  It might be time to consider getting a static IP address.  This is an easier process than you may expect and can change how your device interacts with the internet.

This is a quick rundown on how to set a static IP address and why it’s a good idea.

Why Set a Static IP?

Static IP addresses are more important when external devices and sites need to remember your IP address.  This could mean you’re connecting to a gaming system or you’re using a VPN, and it needs to whitelist specific IP addresses for security.  This isn’t a good idea for some devices, depending on how you use them, and should be considered thoroughly before you make this change.

1- Control Panel

On Windows 10, search for “ncpa.cpl” and then click enter.  All Network connections will display the adapters that are currently connected to your computer.

If you’re not using Windows 10, you simply have to hold your Windows and R keys at the same time and then enter “ncpa.cpl” in the box that pops up.

2- Network Adapter

From here, right-click on your network adapter that’s connected to whatever device you’re trying to configure.  This adapter will be the one with the word ‘ethernet’ in the name in most cases.

3- Select Properties

A drop-down menu will show up with options like disable, status, and diagnose.  Click on Properties.  This is usually the last option on the drop-down menu.

4- Click TCP/IPv4

From here, double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).  It should be checked, but double-clicking it will open a new window to work through.

5- Enter IP Address

This is where things get a little more hands-on, so it’s important to carefully make sure you’re entering everything correctly.

Select “Use the Following IP Address” and then insert the information below into the fields.

IP Address: check the device you’re connected to or do an IP address lookup to find the correct one.  The first three pieces of data should match.

Subnet Mask: the subnet mask of whatever you’re connecting to needs to be the same as your PC.

6- Save Settings

Select OK on first the TCP/IPv4 window and then also on the Ethernet Properties window.  If you don’t select Okay, your changes won’t be saved.

Can You Change it At Any Time?

Yes!  You can request a new static IP address or request a dynamic one at any time.  This change will help protect you and make your device less easily recognized at any time.  If you use a dynamic IP, it will usually change itself every two weeks to something new.

Static IP Addresses Make Things Easier

Static IP addresses can give you the ability to game or use a VPN without having to worry about it resetting randomly.  Follow these steps, and you’ll have that control in your hands!