How to Get a Static IP Address: A Guide

Is your IP a static IP or is it generated automatically? Don’t fret if you don’t know the difference between IP, DHCP, and dynamic IP.

We’re here to make sure you know when you need a static IP address – and when you don’t.

Keep on reading to find out all you need to know.

What Is an IP Address?

An IP address (Internet Protocol) is a unique series of numbers and letters that are used to identify a device connected to a network. You can find out your IP address easily by visiting a site like

The internet is a network of connected networks, so it’s important for every device connected to understand how to connect to other devices.

Any time you open a webpage, your connection is routed and bounces around between a series of nodes to reach its final destination. It’s a name, an address, and a route all rolled into one: who you are, where you are, and how to find you.

IPv4 vs IPv6

IPv4 is an older IP format that uses a string of only numbers (e.g. to identify a location.

IPv6 is a newer variant that is still being rolled out to replace the older format, which has a far more finite number of possibilities before addresses start duplicating.

What Is a Static IP Address?

IP addresses can change over time. One that is set not to do so is called a static IP address, while a dynamic IP address changes periodically.

In general, a user connecting to the internet via an ISP will have a dynamic IP that changes each time they connect. Static IP addresses, on the whole, have improved upload and download times.

On top of that, they’re useful in closed networks to prevent IP conflicts. They also make geolocation more accurate than their dynamic counterparts. Network infrastructure equipment (like mail servers and routers) typically uses static IPs.

Other cases where you might need a static IP include:

  • Setting up file servers
  • Adding a router to a network
  • Enabling remote access to a computer
  • Sharing a printer over a network

If you’re interested in optimizing multi-cloud networks and controlling your static IP, you can find more info here. 

How to Set Up a Static IP Address

To start static IP addresses, you’ll need to use IP addresses outside your router’s DCHP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) range. That’s what your router uses to queue and free up dynamic IPs – it’s how it knows an IP address isn’t currently in use.

If you’re on Windows 10 or above, open the control panel and navigate to your Network Adapters. Select “Properties” on the dropdown menu of the device you’re configuring.

From there, select Internet Protocol 4 (double-click on it), and select “use the following IP address”.

The first three numbers should match the device you’re connected to. So if the device’s address is “”, you’ll need to select a static IP that starts with “192.168.1”.

The subnet mask is by default for user devices (like laptops and computers). Leave it if you’re unsure.

If you’re on a different version of Windows, you can also find your network adapters window by searching for “ncpa. CPL” with the search function.

Use Your Insider Knowledge

Now that you know how to set up a static IP (and what it is), you should have no difficulty setting one up if you need it.

If you found this article helpful, have a look at some others on our website.

Explore more

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Roofing Company 

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Roofing Company 

When it comes to maintaining the integrity and longevity of your home, the importance of a sturdy, well-maintained roof cannot be overstated. However, problems...
Video Production Services

Why You Should Use Reputed Video Production Services for Your Business 

Marketing videos are a crucial digital marketing strategy. Using engaging videos targeted at your niche audience can significantly increase brand awareness and drive conversions...
Living Space

The Do’s and Don’ts of Open Concept Living Spaces

Open-concept living spaces have soared in popularity due to their ability to create a seamless flow between different home areas, fostering community and openness....
Baby's Nutrition

Discover the Benefits of Goat Milk Formula for Your Baby’s Nutrition!

Are you tired of the same old routine? Feeling like your days are blending together in a never-ending cycle of monotony? Well, fret not,...

What Does a General Contractor Do?

By Hovik Akopyan, General Contractor at Akopi Builders ### Introduction Navigating the complex world of construction, whether for a personal home or a commercial project, requires...
V-Part Wigs

Elevate Your Look with V-Part Wigs: The Ultimate Style Solution

Are you bored of spending hours in front of the mirror trying to get the perfect part for your wig? Then v-part wigs are...
health benefits of partying

The health benefits of partying: Why socializing can be good for...

In a world where the pursuit of health often seems synonymous with dieting, exercising, and abstaining from indulgences, the idea of partying as a...

Migrating to Microsoft 365: Streamlining Collaboration and Productivity

Nowadays, companies are­ more and more drawn to the cloud. Why? For be­tter teamwork, work output, and smoother proce­dures. In comes Microsoft 365. Remember...