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Static IP Address Mac


This article will explain static IP addresses and walk through the process of getting a static IP on mac.
Static IP addresses mean that you will keep the same IP address every time you connect.  This can be useful, for accessing your computer from its IP address.
When using static IP addresses on home and other private networks, they should normally be chosen from within the standard private IP address ranges listed:

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Launch System Preferences
Click on “Network”
Click on the protocol you are using, let’s say we’re using AirPort with a wireless connection so click on “AirPort” and then click on “Advanced” in the lower right corner
Click on the “TCP/IP” tab
For the sake of this document, let’s assume you want to maintain DHCP but set a manual static IP address.  Click on the drop-down menu next to “Configure IPv4″ and select “Using DHCP with manual address” (you can also use full manual mode)
Select a static IP that will not conflict with anything else on the network. It’s best to pick a number far out of the normal range of assigned IP’s, in the example below we chose because most of the machines on this network stop at
set static ip mac
After you have selected your static IP address, click on “OK” in the corner.
Click on the “Apply” button in the lower right corner.
Your IP will now manually set to the static address you provided, you will briefly disconnect from the network while this occurs.
Close Network settings and System Preferences.