Networking Tutorial: How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 8

If you want to assign a Static IP Address in Windows 8, this tutorial will help you get it done quickly

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Static IP addresses are as the name suggests “static” and do not change for a user, while dynamic IP addresses change every time you log on. Dynamic IP address allocation is handled by a DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) server, so you have to run a DHCP client program.

Static address allocation can be handled by both DHCP and BOOTP (BOOTSTRAP) protocols. The client program asks the server for a static IP. The server maintains a look up table which contains the Physical address (MAC address) and Static IP address bindings. By visiting the MAC address of a requested client machine, corresponding Static IP address is sent to that client machine by the server. Although Dynamic IP addresses are widely used, static IP addresses have some advantages.

i. Static IP addresses are more reliable in VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).

ii. More reliable to host a gaming website or play in X-Box.

iii. Use VPN for secure access to files over your own local area network.

iv. Computer can be used as a server for fast file transfers.

v. Static IPs prevents address conflicts between devices and allows you to manage them more easily.

So we can assign our computer a static IP address. The following tutorial will help you.


Steps to Assign a Static IP Address

1. First of all right-click on the Network icon, which you can find in the further right side of your task bar. Now select Open Network and Sharing Center option.

Select Open Network and Sharing Center

2. Then in the Network and Sharing Center window, click on Change adapter settings option.

Change Adapter Settings

3. Now, right-click on your local adapter (for me it is TATA PHOTON+) and select Properties.

Select Properties

4. In the Local Area Connection Properties window click on Networking tab and highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option and then click the Properties button.

IPv4 Properties

5. Now, set the radio button to Use the following IP address. Enter the correct entries for IP, Subnet mask, and Default gateway that corresponds with your network setup. Then set the radio button to Use the following DNS server address and enter your Preferred and Alternate DNS server addresses.

Enter Entries

6. Validate your entries and click OK to save the change. Close the Local Area Connections Properties window when you are done.

7. Windows 8 will run Network Diagnostics and will verify the connection. If there is no problem, you can open the command prompt and write the command ipconfig and hit the Enter to see that the Static IP address has been assigned for your machine.

Static IP

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