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How to change IP to static in MAC OS X?

By on October 14, 2010 in Mac Guides with 1 Comment

Have you ever experienced difficulty in assigning a static IP address rather than going for DHCP? So, after reading this post you will be in a position to setup a static IP for MAC OS X.

You might have noticed that many computers are configured using DHCP which assigns a randomly generated IP address to the computer every time it connects to the internet, now you can change and use static IP configuration which will not change. By changing simple system preferences, you can assign a static IP address in your MAC OS X.

To change to STATIC IP in MAC OS X, follow the below instructions in a step-by-step manner:

1.Firstly, click on “System Preferences” icon which is located on MAC’s dock as shown below.
select network image

2.After clicking on “System Preferences”, a window will be popping up, in go to “internet and wireless” option and click on “network”.

3.After clicking on “Network” a new window will pop up in which then go to “Location” option and select “edit locations” and not “automatic” so that you can easily change from DHCP to manual IP as shown below.
select network 1 image

4.Name the location to “static IP” and not your name 🙂
change name to Static IP

5.After naming it, now click on the location which you wish to set to “manual”. Like as here the first option is configure IPV4 and after clicking on it a new drop down box will be popped out and now select “Manually”.

configure manually

6.Now, after selecting it to manually, it’s time to add IP address, subnet mask, router, DNS server and search domain fields. Add IP address to, Subnet Mask to, Router to, dns Server to and search domain to

ip address

7.Finally, click on “Apply” and save the IP settings.

Bingo! There you are. You have successfully assigned a static IP address and now your IP will not be changed. This facility is very useful when you are setting up your own small network for home office or even in LAN. It can be helpful when troubleshooting networks as well.

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  1. Hi,
    Nice post and written and published with a good tutorial and will be helpful for the followers facing this kinda problem

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