How to Assign a Network Address to a Computer

by Shanika Chapman

Assigning a network address, also known as an IP address, to a computer is vital to allow it to have a connection to your network. While many networks have Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers which will automatically assign a network address to a computer, networks that do not have this capability may require that you set up a network address for each computer on the network.

Step 1

Click on "Start" then "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click on "Network Connections."

Step 3

Right-click on "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties" from the pop-up window.

Step 4

Click on the "General" tab and select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" from the "This Connection Uses the Following Items:" box.

Step 5

Type in the desired IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway into the respective fields. This is typically determined by your router or your modem (if you are not using a router). Refer to the user manual for specifications.

Click "OK" to save the settings.


  • In some cases, a restart may be needed by your computer, so save all work before performing this task.


About the Author

Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.

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