There are many reasons to opt for a static IP address ranging from network stability and hosting of website or server to a host of other benefits. In this post, we’ll be looking at the difference between static and dynamic IP addresses and also, how to set up the former.
What is an IP address?
Just like a label on goods, IP address is a set of binary numbers used to specifically identify a connection to the internet.
Generally, IP – stands for Internet Protocol. It is a pathway through which computers and devices connect to the internet. These set of identification numbers is assigned to users by the ISP [Internet Service Provider].
Kinds of IP address
Basically, there are two kinds of IP addresses;
- Static IP address: It is not subject to change by default except if prompted by the user.
- Dynamic IP address: It is subject to change per time by default without the user initiating the change.
Among the two, the dynamic IP address is widely in use. It is convenient and available at no cost. However, the Static IP address is only available on request and most times at a cost price. Below is a guide on how to set up a static IP address on Windows computer.
How to Setup A Static IP address on Windows 8 or 10
Step 1: Navigate to the Control Panel on your computer and select Network and Sharing Center.
Step 2: Click on the second option by the left side of the page tagged Changed Adapter Settings.
Step 3: Now, right-click on the network you’d like to have a static IP address and select ‘Properties‘.
Step 4: Now scroll through the options displayed on the popup box and click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
Step 5: From the options displayed, select properties.
Step 6: Click on Use the Following IP address
Step 8: Now enter the IP address you want to make static and other credentials like; Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS server and click on Ok to save the new settings.