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If you every used a program that required an IP address to use it (i.e VNC, and almost all other remote services) you probally know it is very annoying having to ipconfig your computer to get the IP. This is a way to keep your IP the same! And this is my first instructable so sorry if its to long or short! ;)

Step 1: Searching for DNS, IP Addrees, Subnet Mask, and Gateway

You may know it but it never hurts to double check!

go to Start > Run > CMD > Ok

now type "ipconfig /all" without the quotes (" ")

find the IP address, Subnet Mask, Defult Gateway, and the DNS Server (most people have 1 but there can be more). KEEP THIS OPEN!!!

Step 2: Properties

Now for the work!!

Open Network Connections (Start > Control Panel > Network Connections)

Now find the connection that conects you to the internet (there are usually 2 one is the wireless the other is the cabled connection)!

Right click it and click Properties

Now find Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > Properties (the one under the box)

Step 3: Setting Your IP

Now Un-bubble "Obtain an IP address automaticlly" and "Obtain an DNS Server address automaticlly"

Now here is where step 1 comes in!!! In the IP Address box you can set your IP BUT YOU CAN NOT USE ONE THAT ENDS IN 1!!!! Also you can't go to high but you also don't want to go to low so 7-10 usually is good unless alot of people are on your network!!!!

Click in the Subnet Mask! It usually changes by itself but if not fill that in from the YOUR cmd in step 1!!

Fill in the Defult Gateway According to your cmd also!!

Now in the Perferred DNS Server box Fill in the DNS Server from step 1 (yours of course)!!!!

And if you had 2 use both of them!!!

Click Ok. Click Ok again. Close all Internet services (Reboot is easiest way) to doubble check and make sure it worked! If it didn't work just recheck the "Obtain an IP address automaticlly" and "Obtain an DNS Server address automaticlly" bubbles!

Step 4: And Thats It

Well there you go!! If you want any other Instructables done leave them in the comments or send them to me!!!
Not bad, a suggestion if you need to change your ip from dchp to static often that is much faster. I use a batch file using the netsh command. The reason you would need to do this might be (as in my case) I use dchp most of the time at home and at school. However sometimes I need a static ip address for running specific programs that use specific ports that need to be forwarded. Vista (and I think xp) has an alternate configuration so when you move acrost networks it used dchp on the dchp networks and static for the static ones. In my situation this doesn't work because my home network is dchp and I use it that way most of the time. The batch file works well and when switching a lot it saves time. I always run as admin just to be sure it works.

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