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Static IP address in XP

This guide illustrates the necessary steps to configure the TCP/IP protocol (necessary for Internet connections) within Windows XP for use ITQB network. Before using this guide you should have installed and configured your ethernet adaptor, and received your IP address and DNS name (to request those please fill a helpdesk request here). You might need your Windows installation CD-ROM during this process.

The illustrations are based upon Windows XP.

(If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP Classic Menu, the procedures are mostly the same, but less colorful)

Configuring Network settings


  • Click on the Start button.
  • [2000 only] Click on Settings.
  • Click on Control Panel.
  • Click Network and Internet Connections.


[2000 only: double-click Network and Dial-up Connections]

  • Click Network Connections.
  • Identify the appropriate icon for your network connection. 

It is usually called Local Area Connection.

  • Right-click that icon and select Properties.



This picture shows a typical Local Area Connection Properties panel with some network components already installed. Some of them might not be there on your computer. Equally, you might have some components installed which are not shown in the picture.
Ensure that the name shown under Connect using is your ethernet adapter.
The component Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) must be present and shown with a tick in the check-box.

[If it is not present, click Install, select Protocol and click Add, (2000 only: select Microsoft), select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click OK]

[If it is not checked with a tick, click on the box to check it now]


  • Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) with a single click, and then click the button Properties


Inserting the ITQB's IP address settings


  • Select the radio button Use the following IP address
  • In the box IP Address enter the IP address from your registration data, as four decimal numbers separated by full stops.
  • In the box Subnet Mask enter the sub-net mask from your registration data, as four decimal numbers separated by full stops.

This will usually be

  • In the box Default gateway enter the gateway (or router) address from your registration data, as four decimal numbers separated by full stops.
  • In the box Preferred DNS server enter
  • In the box Alternate DNS server enter
  • Click the button Advanced
  • Click the tab DNS to bring it to the front.
  • Select the radio button Append these DNS suffixes (in order)
  • Then click on the Add… button, it should appear a text box in which you should write and then click OK
Below, in the box next to DNS suffix for this connection you should write again
Check (Put the tick from the check-box) Register this connection's addresses in DNS, near the bottom of this panel.
  • Click OK to exit Advanced TCP/IP Settings.
  • Click OK to exit Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties.
  • Click Close to exit Local Area Connection Properties.


Set the computer name

  • Back in Network Connections, pull down the Advanced menu and select Network Identification
  • In the box Computer description, you may enter anything, such as your real name. Whatever you enter will be visible by others browsing the network.
  • Click the button Change
  • In the box Computer name, enter the Computer name given to you by SI.
  • Below you should select the Workgroup radio button and enter the workgroup name (to know the workgroup name, please ask a lab partner)



 After these steps you will be asked to restart you computer, to do so close all open applications and press yes to restart and it's done.