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.

Click on "Start" then "Control Panel."

Double-click on "Network Connections."

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

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

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.