Windows 10: Configuring Network Adapter for fixed IP address

  1.    03 May 2018 #1

    Configuring Network Adapter for fixed IP address

    I've just changed ISP and their supplied router (BT SmartHub) has an IP address of whereas my previous router (ASUS RT-AC87U) was at

    My Windows 10 PC is configured with a fixed IP address, using and this caused me some head-scratching.

    What is the current path (beginning at the Windows "Start" button at the bottom left) to get to the Network Adapter TCP/IP settings?

    I went: Settings -> Network & Internet -> Change Adapter Options -> Ethernet -> Properties -> Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

    I've been configuring fixed IP addresses for several decades, and it always seemed a bit convoluted. But now it seems worse. This might be because I'm gradually forgetting stuff like this, and changing a fixed IP address isn't something I do every day (This PC was setup in 2012)
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  2.    03 May 2018 #2

    You will need to change the gateway IP to the new hub, I use static IPs on all our computers to avoid conflict.
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  3.    04 May 2018 #3

    I don't get it, you described the full path to access TCP/IP options. I suppose you want to know how to set a static local (LAN) IP?

    If so, you can simply change the router IP to, if it allows you to do so, so you can keep your current fixed local IP. I find lt easier than changing all TCP/IPv4 values. But if you want, here's what you should type:

    IP address: 192.168.1.x (1<x<=253)

    Subnet mask: once you type IP address, this box will be autofilled with

    Default gateway:

    Preferred DNS server: type your primary ISP DNS IP or just type

    Alternate DNS server: type your secondary ISP DNS IP, or just leave it blank
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  4.    04 May 2018 #4

    Seeing as you're BT, you can either use BTs DNS or consider one of the free services such as Google or
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  5.    08 May 2018 #5

    ksio89 said: View Post
    I don't get it, you described the full path to access TCP/IP options.
    Perhaps I should have been clearer?

    I've been using Windows since before Windows95, and I've always found it difficult to change the default DHCP to a fixed IP address. OS/2 was easier, as I recall.
    But with the passage of time, and generations of Windows it seems to be getting harder to find the path to the fixed IP address setting.
    I was wondering if the the path can be simplified.

    However, I suspect that I'm stuck with the path in my original post. It's probably been this way all along; it just seems to be getting harder as I get older and forget parts of the sequence I have to go through.

    I do struggle to keep up with changes between the Control Panel and Settings, though.
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  6.    09 May 2018 #6

    You can simply create a desktop shortcut of network adapters available in your PC. Then you open it, and there will be a Properties box, it's the shortest way to acess TCP/IPv4 options. You can also easily access the menu with network adapters by typing "ncpa.cpl" in Run dialog box (Win key + R).
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