The following instructions are for setting up your computer to use a fixed IP address. Generally, you will want to communicate to or work with Technology Help to set this up, as it can create issues in the future if the same IP Address is used by another device or a new IP address is needed. Before starting, you will need to obtain your IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address (router IP); a calculator to assist with finding these can be found in our Wired Network: Subnet Calculator article. You also will need to confirm that your Ethernet jack is active, and that you have administrative privileges for your operating system.
NOTE: University Information Security does NOT recommend using Windows XP as it is no longer supported by Microsoft, and especially not on the University network, as the lack of updates mean it is highly vulnerable to online attacks.
Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
Double-click the Network Connections icon.
Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties.
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.
Select the Use the following IP address radio button.
Complete these fields:
Enter your IP address into the IP address field.
Enter your Subnet mask into the Subnet mask field.
Enter the default gateway into the Default gateway field.
Select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button and complete these fields:
In the Preferred DNS server field, enter "184.108.40.206"
In the Alternate DNS server field, enter "220.127.116.11"
Click the Advanced button.
Select the DNS tab and then select the Append these DNS suffixes (in order) radio button.
Click the Add button.
Enter "umn.edu" into the Domain suffix field and click Add.
Repeat steps 10 and 11, this time entering "tc.umn.edu."