Static IP Address
Setting a static IP address to a computer in Windows 10 is a
configuration that you may need to configure in a variety of scenarios. For
instance, if you intend to share files or a printer on a local network, or if
you want to configure port forwarding.
Services and port forwarding configurations will eventually
stop working if you do not assign a static IP address. The reason for this is
that connected devices use dynamic IP addresses assigned by the Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server (usually the router), which can change at
any time, such as when you restart the machine or when the dynamically assigned
Set Static IP Address Using Control Panel
To assign a static IP configuration using Control Panel,
follow these steps:
- Launch the Control Panel.
- Select Network and Internet.
- Select Network and Sharing Center from the
- On the left navigation pane, select Change
- Right-click the network adapter and choose
- Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Select the Properties option.
- Select the option Use the following IP address.
- Assign a static IP address, such as 10.1.2.220.
- Enter a Subnet mask. On a home network, the
subnet mask is typically 255.255.255.0.
- Choose a default gateway. (Typically, the IP
address of your router – for example, 10.1.2.1.)
- Then press the OK button.
- Set the Preferred DNS server address under the
“Use the following DNS server addresses set Preferred DNS server”
section, which is usually your router’s IP address or the server IP address
providing DNS resolutions (for example, 10.1.2.1).
- (Optional) Enter an alternative DNS server that
the computer will use if it is unable to connect to the preferred DNS server.
- Click the Close button once more.