You can configure a Windows XP Professional computer manually with a static IP address. Simplyselect Start > Control Panel > Network Connections, and then select the connection that you want to configure. Once the window appears, click the Properties button. If TCP/IP is not already installed you must do this first:
- Click Install from the Local Area Connection's Properties dialog box.
- Click Protocol, then click Add.
- Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click OK.
- Once TCP/IP has installed, restart the computer.
You can now configure the settings required for TCP/IP to communicate with other systems and devices on the network as follows:
- Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.
- Click Use The Following IP Address and type the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.
- Type the correct IP address for a Preferred DNS Server and an Alternate DNS Server (if present).
- Click the Advanced button to add additional IP addresses and default gateways. You can also add, edit or remove DNS server address information and change other DNS settings, eg: you can specify IP addresses for any WINS servers on the network, enable NetBIOS name resolution using an LMHOSTS file, enable or disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and select IPSec and TCP/IP filtering as optional settings from the Advanced TCP/IP Settings Properties sheet.
- Click OK to close the Advanced TCP/IP Settings Properties dialog box.
- Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
- Click OK to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
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