|December 7, 2003
This short guide shows you
how to configure your computer running Windows XP with a static IP address.
Webservers typically require static a IP address.
Start --> Settings --> Network
Right-click on the network
connection and select "Properties".
You'll see something like
Scroll down and select "Internet
Click on the "Properties"
By default, the settings
are set to automatically obtain an IP address and DNS servers.
Since we want to assign our
own IP addresses, we need to click the radio button "Use the following
IP address" and then enter the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway.
Then we need to click on the radio button "Use the following DNS server
addresses" and then enter the IP address of the primary and secondary DNS
Make sure that the data you
enter matches the rest of your network. You cannot arbitrarily assign
IP numbers here. The numbers you use will depend on your network.
If you have a router on your network with a DHCP server, you should enter
the numbers here as the DHCP server would assign them to you, except for
the IP address which you specify.
In the example below, I'm
assigning this computer with a fairly typical local area network IP address
in the 192.168.1.xxx range. Make sure the IP address you assign is
not already being used on the network by another computer.
Click "OK" and then close
all the dialog boxes.
There you go, your computer
now has a static IP address.