This article will show you how to assign a static IP address to a computer on a wireless network. The static IP will not change if you restart your router or computer, making it useful for remote working and website hosting. Also, a static IP address prevents problems when connecting to a router to which many devices are connected.
Part 1 of 3: How to find addresses in Windows
Step 1. Open the Start Menu
Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
Step 2. Click "Options"
It's a gear-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start menu.
Step 3. Click "Network and Internet"
It's in the middle of the preferences window.
Step 4. Click View Network Settings
This link is at the bottom of the page.
If you don't see this link, please scroll down. You may also need to go to the Details tab in the upper left corner of the window
Step 5. Scroll down to the Wireless section
It's at the bottom of the page. This section provides information about your wireless network connection.
Step 6. Pay attention to the address in the line "Default gateway"
This is the address of your router's configuration page.
Step 7. Press ⊞ Win + X
The extended start menu will open.
Alternatively, you can right-click the Start icon in the lower left corner of your screen
Step 8. Click on System
It's on the extended start menu. A window with computer settings will open.
Step 9. Make a note of the computer name
This name (usually a jumble of letters and numbers) appears on the Device Name line in the middle of the page. Now you can start setting up a static IP address.
Part 2 of 3: How to Find Addresses in Mac OS X
Step 1. Open the Apple menu
Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step 2. Click System Preferences
You will find this option on the menu.
Step 3. Click on Network
It's in the System Preferences window.
Step 4. Click Advanced
It's in the lower-right side of the window. A new window will open.
Step 5. Click on the TCP / IP tab
It's at the top of the window.
Step 6. Pay attention to the address in the "Router" line
This address (usually 192.168. X. X or 10.0.0. X) is the address of your router's configuration page.
Step 7. Make a note of the computer name
You will need it to find it on the router's configuration page; Once you write down the name, you can start setting up a static IP address:
- close the "Advanced" window;
- click "⋮⋮⋮⋮" in the upper left of the settings page;
- click "Share";
- find the line "Computer name" at the top of the window.
Part 3 of 3: How to Set a Static IP Address
Step 1. Open your web browser
Click or double click on the browser icon (e.g. Google Chrome
Step 2. Enter the address of your router
In the address bar at the top of the browser window, enter the found address of the router's configuration page, and then press ↵ Enter. The router's configuration page will open.
Step 3. Log in (if necessary)
Enter your username and / or password and then press ↵ Enter.
If you have not changed your username and / or password, you will most likely need to enter the credentials provided by the router manufacturer, which can be found in the router manual or on the router chassis
Step 4. Find the list of connected devices
The configuration page interface depends on the router model, so look for the desired option in different menus or tabs.
For example, sometimes the option “Connected Devices” is on the main page, and sometimes it is in the sections / menu “Settings” or “Advanced”
Step 5. Find your computer name
Do it in the list of connected devices.
Step 6. Click Reserve
You will most likely find this option next to (or below) the computer's name and address, although you may have to click on the computer's name first.
- Maybe this option will have a different name.
- If you are prompted to confirm your choice or select an unused IP address, do so.
Step 7. Click Save (Save) or Apply.
This option is usually at the bottom of the page. The changes will be saved and the computer will be assigned a new IP address.