If you are wondering how to set up static IP on Windows 11, we can help you. To use programs, to open router ports and download louder, or to maximize the speed of the ADSL connection, it is often necessary to set a static IP. In this way, it is possible to assign a unique fixed address on the local network, which does not change at each restart, in order to assign specific network parameters to a single PC. In this version of Microsoft’s OS, access to the options to do it has partially changed, that’s why we wanted to write a specific guide on this. So let’s see how to proceed.
What can you do with a static IP address on Windows 11?
After setting a static IP on Windows 11 operating system, you will be able to browse as usual, although you will have more benefits. Compared to an automatic IP, the fixed IP will allow you to:
- Open specific TCP or UDP ports on the router or modem to perform port mapping to a specific IP address (or port forwarding)
- Improve the ping and latency time of the internet connection
- Troubleshoot the offline printer
- Maximize the online gaming experience (connection will be faster)
- Optimize and filter the internet connection using specific DNS
- Use programs that require static IPs
- Have NAT 1 on PS4 or otherwise open game server ports in general
For several reasons, it is a good idea to configure a static IP on Windows 11. In the field of gaming, for example, it is good to do this to open certain ports for online multiplayer. It is also true, however, that on Windows 11 there are also other changes to be made, such as deactivating WUDO (Windows Update Delivery Optimization). For an in-depth tutorial on this, read the guide to speed up Windows 11.
In this case, suffice it to say that putting a fixed IP has several benefits in terms of the performance and security of the internet connection. In fact, thanks to this configuration, it is possible to “dictate” certain rules in the field of firewalls, QoS and routing in general. This allows that device or computer to have specific permissions for each type of application. The same thing could also be done in DHCP, via the MAC address, but that’s another story. So let’s move on to action.
- You must have a PC with a Wi-Fi or LAN network card
- If you fix the IP on the wireless network, it will not be fixed on the LAN network as well, and vice versa
- A fixed IP address is configurable for multiple private local networks
- A computer can have more than one fixed IP address (depends on the number of network cards it has)
- A PC can work with several predefined gateways with the same IP address or by configuring more than one static IP
- A network card can manage multiple subnets (subnets) at the same time
- On metered connections, the settings may be different
Setting a Static IP Address in Windows 11
Network Detection with CMD
Before configuring static IP on Windows 11, it is mandatory to check the current network configuration which, for automatism, has been assigned to the network card of the PC in use, so as to avoid connection problems and have limited access with the “triangle yellow”. To find your PC’s IP address and other details, you can use Command Prompt, like so:
- Search in Windows the Prompt Command
- Open the app, run the following command and press Enter: ipconfig /all
- Scroll the command execution to the item Wi-Fi wireless LAN card or Local area connection LAN
- Write down the IPv4 address, subnet mask, Default Gateway and DNS Server
- Close the command window and continue reading the help
Change IPv4 settings for Wireless or Ethernet
- Open the Start Menu and click on Settings
- Follow the path Rete e Internet > Wi-Fi if you are using the wireless network or Rete e Internet > Ethernet if you are connected to the local LAN
- Click Change adapter options
- The list of network cards will appear: find the one of the Wi-Fi currently used to connect to the internet (unless there are wireless keys or multiple network cards it is only one)
- Right-click on the network card and then select Properties
- Under ” The connection uses the following elements: ” click on Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4)
- With the option highlighted, click on Properties
- By default, the General tab is set to Obtain an IP address automatically as well as DNS
- Move the choice to Use the following IP address and set the values manually.
IP address: It is the fixed IP address you want to give to the computer, on common ADSL or fiber networks it is usually 192.168.1.xxx (from 0 to 255) or 192.168.0.xxx (from 0 to 255)
Subnet mask: It is the network subform, in domestic configurations, it is usually 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: It is the IP address of the router or modem that allows you to connect to the internet (usually it is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1)
- Move the choice to Use the following DNS servers and configure them manually (mandatory choice when setting the fixed IP):
Preferred DNS: Enter the primary DNS displayed with the command run by cmd
Alternate DNS: Enter the secondary DNS
- Click Ok to save the changes and complete the operation.
Alternative IPv4 configuration
In case the PC is connected to several local networks, it is recommended to stay on dynamic IP (automatic) and use the Alternative configuration tab. Thanks to it, you can activate a static IP address on Windows 11 for a specific default gateway. The settings are pretty much the same as we described above. The only difference is the use of one or more local networks with a single network card.
In this case, therefore, we advise you to leave an automatic IP in the General tab and to set the custom DNS for the other networks (so as to improve the response time of the DNS servers while leaving automatic IP addresses).
IPv4 advanced settings
Also on the General tab, the advanced menu is available for additional settings. They allow you to assign multiple static IP addresses with different subnet masks, multiple default gateways and multiple DNS servers to the network card.
With DHCP enabled in the general tab, however, you cannot (obviously) set multiple static IP addresses. However, management of multiple Default Gateways and other DNS servers can be added. You can also set interface metrics and customize WINS options for LMHOSTS and NetBIOS over TCP / IP.
The article on configuring static IP on Windows 11 will be useful to you on many occasions. A Windows 11 PC/Laptop with a fixed IP and DNS will speed up the response time of the internet connection. Furthermore, by enhancing this IP address with a specific configuration (for example by working on TCP and UDP ports ) you will be able to significantly improve the ping and latency time (they will have lower values and no lag will be displayed).