Setting up a Static IP Address on Windows 98

This how to guide will cover setting up a static IP address on Windows 98. It is very important to setup a static IP address if you are going to use port forwarding. With port forwarding setup your router forwards ports to a specified IP address. Anytime you restart your computer it may get a different IP address and the ports will no longer be forwarded to the originally specified IP address and the port forwarding configuration will not work. This is why you need a static IP address that will never change even after restarting your computer. We will now show you how to setup a static IP address.

Step 1: Go to the start menu and select “Run.” In the “Open” field type command and then click “Ok.”

Step 2: The command prompt window should now open. Type ipconfig/all and hit the enter key. You should now see a lot of information displayed in the window.

Step 3: Write down the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and Name Servers. Make sure to note which is which. We are going to use this information a little bit later.

The name server entries are a bit complicated. Name Server is just another name for DNS(domain name server) server. Some router’s act as a proxy between the actual name servers and your computer. You will know when this is the case, because the Default Gateway will list the same IP address as the Name Servers entry. We need to have the correct Name Server IP addresses. If we do not, you will not be able to browse the web. There are a couple ways to get these. The first way is to log into your router’s web interface, and look at your router’s status page. On that page you should see an entry for DNS Servers, or Name Servers. Write down the IP addresses of your Name Servers. Another way to get the correct Name Servers to use, is to give your ISP a call. They should know the IP addresses of your Name Servers right off. If they ask you why you need them, you can tell them you are trying to setup a static IP address on your computer. If they try to sell you a static external IP address, don’t buy it. That’s an entirely different thing that what you are trying to setup.

Type exit in this window, then press the enter key to close it.

Step 4: Right click on the “Network Neighborhood” icon on the desktop and then select “Properties.”

Step 5: Select your TCP/IP internet connection and then click “Properties.”

Step 6: In the TCP/IP Properties window you should see a dot in the Obtain an IP address automatically box. If you do not, your connection is already setup for a static IP and you don’t need to do anything further.

Pick an IP address and enter it into the IP Address box. The IP address you choose should be very similar to the router’s IP address. Only the last number of the IP address should be different. For example, if the router’s IP address is, you might choose The IP address you choose should end with a number between 1 and 254, and should not be the same as the router’s IP address. Every device that connects to your network needs to have it’s own IP address.

Put the subnet mask we previously found in the subnet mask section.

Step 7: Now go to the Gateway tab and enter the default gateway we previously obtained into the New Gateway box, and then click Add.

Step 8: Finally, go to the DNS Configuration tab. This page should be blank. If it is not blank, don’t make any changes to it. If is blank go ahead and click the Enable DNS radio button. Enter a host in the host box. It does not matter what it is, you could use your first name for example. Enter the last part of your email address in the domain box. In the DNS Server Search Order box enter one of the dns numbers we previously found. Click the Add button. The number you entered should appear in the box below the box you entered it in. Go ahead and enter the other dns number. Generally their will be two dns, but if you only found one that is okay.

Click Ok all the way out of these menus. You might be prompted for your windows disc, but usually you will not be. Once you exit these windows you will be prompted to restart your computer. Go ahead and do it. If you have any problems go back and change your configuration back to what it originally was.

You are now setup with a static IP address. If you have trouble connecting to the internet then simply return these settings to default.

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