When it comes to configuring TCP/IP addressing on your, you need to know that IP addresses can be dynamic or static. In other words, your computer can be assigned an IP address from a server running the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service or you can manually configure a static IP address yourself. You will likely be using a DHCP server, which means you won’t have to make any configuration changes. Your network administrator or ISP will indicate whether you need to put in a static IP address and what parameters to use.
To configure a static IP address on your Windows Vista computer:
- Click Start and click Control Panel.
- Select Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and click Manage network connections from the list of tasks.
- Right click your local area connection and click Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the list and click the Properties button.
- Select Use the following IP address.
- Enter in the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway information provided to you.
- Enter in the IP address of the DNS servers your computer will use.
- Click OK.
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