Here’s a little primer on static Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses. Computers usually have the ability to grab a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) address by default. Most networks are set to give out these dynamic IP addresses to any device that gets on the network and says, “I’m here! Give me an IP address so that I can use Google!
The trouble with DHCP addresses is that they are dynamic. When a DHCP “lease” runs out, the computer or device may grab another available DHCP IP address. Normally this is ok and allows seamless Internet access to any computer; however, sometimes the need arises to statically assign an IP address for remote access, file transfers, or any other number of reasons.
To get a static IP address for your computer, submit a help ticket at cns.utexas.edu/help. Once you receive an IP assignment, follow the instructions below to get the IP Address onto your computer’s network connection.
NOTE: The following instructions are written for Windows 7 users. Other versions of Windows may look slightly different or have slightly different wording, but the process and the outcome are the same.
How to add a static IP Address to a Windows computer
- Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center
- While the computer is plugged into the network with an Ethernet cable, you should see a link to the Local Area Connection. Click that.
- In the Local Area Connection Properties screen, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list of choices.
- Click Properties to bring up the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window
- Enter the information as it was given in your help ticket response.
- For DNS Servers, enter:
- Check your work. Check it again. One tiny error will keep the computer from being able to get online.
- Click OK or Close to get all the way out of the configuration menus.
- Check to see that you can get online.
- If you can’t get online:
i. Re-check what you typed in the Properties Window (Repeat 1-5), then
ii. Restart your computer.
Written by Tiffany Yanagawa, Technical Staff Assistant III
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