Saturday 18 October 2014

How to Set a Static IP address in Windows 8

Static IP address
Setting of a static IP address on a computer is very essential as it allows your PC to have the same IP address every time you restart the computer. This is basically required if you are about to use port forwarding. This set up allows your router to forward ports to your specified IP address. If you do not do so then the router will not forward the port to your PC to the same IP address every time whenever you start the PC. So for it to work, make sure that you set up a static IP address or else the ports won’t be forwarded to the IP address and eventually this port forwarding set up fails.

This IP address must match with the values of router’s local IP address or the Default gateway. So now let’s see how you can perform this task in Windows 8 operating system.

Setting a static IP address: 

In order to set a static IP address on a Windows 8, you need to simply follow the steps given below:
  • Press the Windows key and open the Windows 8 start screen.
  • Now right click on the network icon that you can find on the extreme right corner of your desktop screen and then click on “open network and sharing centre”.
  • You can even click on the start button on the tool bar and go to the control panel and select “open network and sharing centre”.
  • Select the change adaptor settings from the window displayed.
  • A window is show cased displaying the Ethernet Properties.
  • Here you need to go for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then go to properties.
  • A window showing IP addresses is displayed. Here you get the option to create your own IP address for which you need to check mark the option “use the following IP address”.
  • The moment you check mark on this field, three more fields appear asking for IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gate. Fill up this provided fields.
  • Assure that the IP address that you are going to enter in this field is similar to the router’s IP address with the last number being different.
  • Below this you can observe “use the following DNS server address” field; here you need to enter the Preferred DNS Server address field.
  • After entering the numbers in all the desired fields, click on OK button and close the window.
  • Your static IP is created.
What can you conclude from this? 

Of all the points mentioned above, we come to the final conclusion that we need to set up a static IP address to PC in order that the router can forward ports to the same specified IP address that we have set each time when we start the PC. And it is the same four sets of numbers that allows computer to identify each other when connected to a network.

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