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How to set a static ip address in Linux

Today I will show you how to set a static ip address in Linux.  Because my main system is Linux Mint 11 I will also show you the GUI way for gnome based distributions.

The following steps work on any distribution

Open up a terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Find the following lines;

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

and replace with;

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
broadcast address

where address, netmask and gateway are set using addresses relevant to your network. Restart the system and that is it.

GUI for Gnome and Cinnamon

(Unity is the same method but the icon is top right instead)

1. Right click on your internet connection (bottom right of screen) and chose edit connections.

2. Chose your connection from the list and click Edit.

3. Click on the IPv4 Settings tab.

4. Change method from DHCP to manual.

5. Enter your details for address, netmask and default gateway.

6. Add an address for your DNS server and click apply.

7. Restart your system for changes to take effect.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Linux and Mac based IT Support to small businesses throughout the Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa areas.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.


How to set a static ip address in Windows

Today I will show you how to add a static ip address to a Windows installation.  For this tutorial I am using Windows 7 but the steps are the same for either Vista, 8 or any server variant.

First thing we need to do is find out what the subnet mask, dns servers and default gateway are for your network.  Open up a command prompt and type:

ipconfig /all

This will bring up a lot of information about your network.  Locate the lines for DNS servers, subnet mask and default gateway and write down the information.  We will need this later.

Next open up Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Sharing Centre.  Click on Change Adapter Settings and then right click on the connection you want to configure and go to properties.  The Local Area Connection Properties box should appear.  Locate and click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on properties.

On the following page click Use the following IP address and enter the details you jotted down earlier.  Remember to set the ip address to the static one you require.  Do the same for the DNS server addresses.  Close down the pages and reboot.  Your computer should now have the static ip address you configured but remember to check by using ipconfig in the command prompt.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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