How to Assign a Static IP Address to a Windows 11/10 PC

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Your network router usually assigns your devices, including your Windows 10 and 11 PCs, a dynamic IP address. If you want your PC to have a static IP address, you’ll need to either configure your router or alter a setting on your computer.

The good news is that you may assign a static IP address to your Windows PC in a variety of methods. You can select a technique and proceed with it to obtain a fixed IP address for your machine based on your comfort level.

Why Use a Static IP Address?

A static IP address is required for a variety of reasons. It’s possible that you connect to your PC via a remote connection. Having a permanent IP address makes establishing a remote connection easier in this instance.

A static IP address, on the other hand, ensures that other devices on your network can connect to your PC without any reconfigurations if you use your PC for network file sharing.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 11/10 PC Using Your Router

Configuring your router to assign a specific IP address to your machine is one approach to get a static IP for your PC. Most routers have this feature, although the method for configuring it varies by router model.

To setup a static IP for your PC on your network router, generally follow the steps below.

Find Your Network Adapter’s MAC Address

You must enter your network adapter’s (which is in your PC) unique MAC address on your router’s settings page for it to recognize your PC and assign it a specific IP address.

So, let’s first find your network adapter’s MAC address:

  1. Open the Start menu, search for Command Prompt, and select Command Prompt in the search results.
  1. Type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter:

ipconfig /all

  1. Command Prompt will display various values on your screen. Find your network adapter here and look for the Physical Address field’s value. That’s your adapter’s unique MAC address. Make a note of this address.

Configure Your Router to Assign a Static IP to Your PC

You must now go to the router’s settings page. You can do this for most routers by typing 192.168.1.1 into a web browser on your computer. If this doesn’t work, look in your router’s handbook for instructions on how to get to the settings page.

  1. Launch a web browser on your computer, type the following IP address, and press Enter.

192.168.1.1

  1. You’ll see your router’s login page. Enter your router’s username and password and continue. For most routers, you can use admin in both username and password fields.
  2. Select Network Settings at the top of your router’s settings page.
  1. Choose DHCP Client & Address Reservation from the sidebar on the left.
  2. Enter the static IP address you’d like to assign to your PC in the IP Address field on the right.
  1. Type your network adapter’s unique MAC address in the MAC Address field. Then, select Add and then select OK at the bottom of the page.
  2. Restart your router.

When you connect your Windows 11 or 10 PC to your router, your router will assign your PC the IP address you specify. Each time you connect your PC to your router, this will happen.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 10 PC

If you don’t want to mess with your router’s settings, you may use the Windows Settings app to provide a static IP address to your Windows 10 PC. This programme allows you to customise your IP settings so that your PC always has a unique static IP address.

However, there is a minor flaw with this approach. You’ll have trouble connecting your PC to your router if your router has already allocated the IP address you want to your PC to another device.

To get around this, consider using an IP address that is not one of your router’s default IP addresses. If your router typically assigns IP numbers up to 192.168.1.10, for example, set your PC’s static IP to 192.168.1.20.

To proceed with this method:

  1. Open the Settings app on your PC by pressing Windows + I keys at the same time.
  2. Select Network & Internet on the Settings window.
  1. Scroll down the Status page that opens and choose Change adapter options.
  1. You’ll see a list of your network adapters. Right-click the adapter that you use with your network and select Properties from the menu.
  1. Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in the list and select Properties.
  1. Enable the Use the following IP address option on the following window.
  1. Select the IP address field and type the static IP address you’d like to assign to your PC.
  2. Fill in the Subnet mask field, which is usually 255.255.255.0. Type your router’s gateway, which is usually 192.168.1.1, in the Default gateway field.
  3. For DNS servers, you can use Google’s Public DNS. To use these, select the Preferred DNS server field and type 8.8.8.8. Select the Alternate DNS server field and type 8.8.4.4. Then, choose OK.
  4. Close the Properties window by selecting Close.

Your Windows 10 PC will automatically detach from your router before reconnecting. Following this reconnection, your PC should now be assigned the selected static IP address.

Assign a Static IP to Your Windows 11 PC

Like with Windows 10, you can use the Windows Settings app to assign a static IP address to your Windows 11 PC.

  1. Press Windows + I keys simultaneously to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Network & internet from the sidebar on the left in Settings.
  1. Select Advanced network settings at the bottom of the Network & internet page.
  1. Find your network adapter in the list and select the adapter. Then, select View additional properties.
  1. Select Edit next to IP assignment.
  1. Choose Manual from the Edit IP settings dropdown menu. Then, toggle on the IPv4 option.
  1. Select the IP address field and type the static IP address to assign to your PC.
  1. Select the Subnet mask field and enter 255.255.255.0. Enter your router’s IP address, which is usually 192.168.1.1, in the Default gateway field.
  2. Enter 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS field. Enter 8.8.4.4 in the Alternate DNS field.
  3. Select Save at the bottom.

A static IP address has been provided to your Windows 11 PC. If your router does not have any IP conflict difficulties, your PC will continue to get this static IP address from it.

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