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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Configuring TCP/IP Settings

Configure TCP/IP settings

To configure TCP/IP settings

  1. Open Network Connections.
  2. Click the connection you want to configure, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • If the connection is a local area connection, on the General tab, under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
    • If this is a dial-up, VPN, or incoming connection, click the Networking tab. In This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • If you want IP settings to be assigned automatically, click Obtain an IP address automatically, and then click OK.
    • If you want to specify an IP address or a DNS server address, do the following:
      • Click Use the following IP address, and in IP address, type the IP address.
      • Click Use the following DNS server addresses, and in Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.
  5. To configure DNS, WINS, and IP Settings, click Advanced.


  • To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.
  • You should use automated IP settings (DHCP) whenever possible, for the following reasons:
    • DHCP is enabled by default.
    • If your location changes, you do not have to modify your IP settings.
    • Automated IP settings are used for all connections, and they eliminate the need to configure settings such as DNS, WINS, and so on.

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