Thursday, March 31, 2011

Configure Local LAN Ethernet Address

Computers and other network devices normally use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to acquire IP addresses. The computer asks its network gateway, normally the router or Internet service provider, for an IP address and other network information. This ensures no two computers are assigned the same IP address. 
If you need to connect to a network device that doesn't support DHCP or just want to assign your computer a static IP address, you can also configure your local area network Ethernet adapter with a custom IP address.

This article will help you to configure local LAN Ethernet address.

  1. Open the Control Panel by clicking "Start" and "Control Panel."
  2. Click "View Network Status and Tasks" under "Network and Internet" in the Control Panel window.
  3. Click "Change Adapter Settings" at the left side of the Network and Sharing Center window.
  4. Right-click the icon of the Ethernet adapter you want to configure the address of and click "Properties."
  5. Click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" in the list and click "Properties."
  6. Click "Use the Following IP Address."
  7. Type an IP address into the "IP Address" box.
  8. Type a subnet mask into the "Subnet Mask" box, if you need one. Leave this box blank if you don't know if you need a custom subnet mask, and Windows will automatically fill it with the default subnet mask for the configured IP address.
  9. Type the IP address of the network gateway you're connecting to into the "Default Gateway" box. If you have a router, this is your router's IP address.
  10. Configure one or more DNS servers by typing their addresses into the "Preferred DNS Server" and "Alternate DNS Server" boxes. If you have a router, you can also enter your router's IP address here.
  11. Click "OK" twice.