Friday, March 25, 2011

How to Assign a Static IP Address in XP

 When organizing your home network it’s easier to assign each computer it’s own IP address than using DHCP. Here we will take a look at doing it in XP

If you have a home network with several computes and devices, it’s a good idea to assign each of them a specific address. If you use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), each computer will request and be assigned an address every time it’s booted up. When you have to do troubleshooting on your network, it’s annoying going to each machine to figure out what IP they have.

Lets follow some simple steps to  change the IP address of a wireless adapter.

1. To set a Static IP in XP right-click on My Network Places and select Properties.

2. Right-click on the adapter you want to set the IP for and select Properties.

3. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.

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

5. You will need to close out of the Network Connection Properties screen before the changes go into effect.

6. Again you can verify the settings by doing an ipconfig in the command prompt. In case you’re not sure how to do this, click on Start then Run.

7. In the Run box type in cmd and click OK.

8. Then at the prompt type in ipconfig and hit Enter. This will show the IP address for the network adapter you changed.

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