You can use the settings on this tab for this network connection only if you are not using the Obtain an IPv6 address automatically on the General tab.

IP addresses lists additional Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) addresses that can be assigned to this network connection. There is no limit to the number of IP addresses that can be configured. This setting is useful if this computer connects to a single physical network but requires advanced IP addressing because of either of the following reasons:

Default gateways lists IP addresses for additional default gateways that can be used by this network connection. A default gateway is a local IP router that is used to forward packets to destinations beyond the local network.

Automatic metric specifies whether TCP/IP automatically calculates an interface metric that is based on the speed of the interface. The highest-speed interface has the lowest interface metric.

Interface metric provides a location for you to type a value for the interface metric for this network connection. A lower value for the interface metric indicates a higher priority for use of this interface. The default value is 5.


To configure additional IP addresses for this connection
  1. In IP Addresses, click Add.

  2. Type an IP address in IP address.

  3. Type a subnet prefix length in Subnet prefix length, and then click Add.

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each IP address you want to add, and then click OK.

To configure additional default gateways for this connection
  1. On the IP Settings tab, in Default gateways, click Add.

  2. In Default gateways, type the IP address of the default gateway in Gateway. To manually configure a default route metric, clear the Automatic metric check box and type a metric in Metric.

  3. Click Add.

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each default gateway you want to add, and then click OK.

To configure a custom metric for this connection
  • Clear the Automatic metric check box, and then type a metric value in Interface metric.

Additional references

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