This network connection can dynamically obtain an Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server or a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) dial-up network access server. This option is not available for dial-up connections that call a Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) server.

Alternatively, this network connection can use a manually specified IP address (also known as a static IP address). If you select this option, you must specify an IP address in IP address and, for LAN and high-speed Internet connections, a subnet mask in Subnet mask.


To configure IPv4 for dynamic addressing (default)
  • Click Obtain an IP address automatically, and then click OK.

  • This procedure is only required if a static IPv4 configuration was previously used. By default, computers running Windows operating systems attempt to obtain the IPv4 configuration from a DHCP server on your network.

To configure IPv4 for static addressing
  1. Click Use the following IP address, and do one of the following:

    • For a local area connection, in IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway, type the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway addresses.

    • For all other connections, in IP address, type the IP address.

  2. Click Use the following DNS server addresses.

  3. In Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server, type the primary and secondary DNS server addresses.

To configure advanced static IPv4 address settings for a local area connection, click Advanced.

Additional references

For updated detailed IT pro information about TCP/IP versions 4 and 6, see and