Learn how to setup a Static IP Address on Windows 10 computer. If you’re planning on forwarding ports, your computer will need a Static IP Address to work every time you reboot the computer.
Basically, IP Address is a four sets of numbers that are separated by periods that allow computers to identify each other. Every computer on any network has at least one IP Address. Two computers on the same network should never have the same IP Address.
Usually, by default, your Windows 10 computer will have a Dynamic IP Address setup. So, every time your computer reboot and connect to the router, it will request an IP Address from the router. The router then will assign an IP Address dynamically which has not already assigned to any computer.
How to setup a Static IP Address on Windows 10
- On your Windows 10 computer, press Windows key, type cmd and press Enter to open Command Prompt window.
- On this Command Prompt window, type ipconfig /all and press Enter.
- From the information listed in the Command Prompt window, write down the following on a separate note:
- IPv4 Address
- Subnet Mask
- Default Gateway
- DNS Servers
- Type Exit and press Enter to close Command Prompt window.
- Press Windows key, type Control Panel and press Enter to open Control Panel window.
- Under Network and Internet menu, select View network status and tasks.
- From the menu on the left, select Change adapter settings.
- Select your internet connection. It can be Ethernet or Wifi. Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties to open the properties window.
- Under This connection uses the following items menu, find and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Click on Properties button to open Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.
- Under General tab, you should see a dot in the circle next to Obtain an IP address automatically. (If not, your Windows 10 computer already setup for a static IP address. You can close the window and you don’t have to do anything.)
- Click on the circle next to Use the following IP address, enter the new IP address. It should be similar to your router’s IP address but the end number must be different.
- Example: If your router’s IP address is 192.168.1.1, you can enter 192.168.1.2.
- The new IP address should end between the number 1 to 254 and must be different from router’s IP address and other device.
- Important! every device must have different IP address. Otherwise, neither device will be able to connect to the internet because of IP address conflict.
- Now, enter the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and the DNS servers you copied from Step 3 above.
- Once done, click OK to save the changes.
Now, your Windows 10 computer should use a Static IP Address and can be configured for port forwarding.
If you encounter any trouble, let me know in the comment below.