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 192.168.1.254 whereas my previous router (ASUS RT-AC87U) was at 192.168.1.1

    My Windows 10 PC is configured with a fixed IP address, using 192.168.1.1 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, 192.168.1.254. 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 192.168.1.1, 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 255.255.255.0

    Default gateway: 192.168.1.254

    Preferred DNS server: type your primary ISP DNS IP or just type 192.168.1.254

    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 1.1.1.1.
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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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