Steps for Configuring TCP/IP

April 20, 2009

By default, the TCP/IP protocol is configured to receive its IP information (IP address, subnet mask, etc.) automatically from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server on the network. Anyway, here’s how it’s done manually:

1. In Windows XP, open the Control Panel and double-click the Network Connections applet. Double-click the Local Area Connection icon. In Windows 2000, click Start> Settings> Network and Dial-Up Connections, and double-click the Local Area Connection icon. In Windows 9x/Me, alternate-click Network Neighborhood and double-click My Network Places to to get to your network settings.

2. Click Properties, highlight the Internet protocol (TCP/IP), and click Properties.

3. In the dialog box, click the Use the Following IP Address radio button.

4. Enter the IP address in the appropriate fields.

5. Press the TAB key to skip down to the subnet mask fields. Note that the subnet mask is entered automatically (this can be overwritten to enter a different subnet mask).

6. Optionally, enter the IP address for a default gateway (router or another computer system that will forward transmissions beyond your network).

7. Optionally, enter the IP address of a primary and secondary DNS server.

8. Click OK to close the dialog box.

9. Click Close to exit the Local Area Connection Status dialog box.

10. Windows will alert you that you must restart the for the changes to take effect.

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