Setting up a router with a Static IP account

A Static IP address is a fixed IP address that is configured on the settings of a computer or router.  Some Internet Service Providers (ISP) require you to enter a Static IP address on your computer or router’s TCP/IP settings so you can connect to the Internet.

Before you begin setting up a Static IP on your router, make sure you do the following:

i. Obtain the following information from your ISP:

• Internet IP address
• Subnet Mask
• Default Gateway
• Domain Name Server (DNS)

ii. Make sure that there is an active Internet connection when you connect the computer directly to the modem using an Ethernet cable.  Check if you can go online using the Static IP address on your computer.  If not, contact your ISP.

iii. If you just switched ISPs and you are now using a Static IP connection, you need to reset your router first.  To do this, press and hold the Reset button for 10 seconds using a pen or a paper clip then unplug the router from the power outlet for 30 seconds and plug it back in and wait for the Power LED to be solid.

To set up Static IP on a Linksys router, you need to do four (4) things:

i. Connecting the devices together
ii. Checking the router’s LEDs
iii. Setting the computer to obtain IP address automatically
iv. Setting up a Static IP address on a Linksys router

Connecting the devices together

After verifying your Internet connectivity, connect the modem to the Internet port on the router and your computer to one (1) of the numbered Ethernet ports on the router.

NOTE:  The images may vary depending on the model of your router and the type of computer and modem you are using.

Checking the router's LEDs

After connecting devices to the router, verify if they are working properly by checking the LEDs on the router's front panel.  For instructions on how to do this, click here.

Setting the computer to obtain IP address automatically

Your computer should be set to obtain IP address so it can communicate with the router.  To learn how to do this, click here.

Setting up a Static IP address on a Linksys router

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  Open any web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari®) and enter “” on the Address bar then press [Enter].

Step 2:
You will be asked for your log-in details.  Leave the User name field blank and enter “admin” on the Password field then click OK.

Step 3:
On the Setup page, select Static IP for the Internet Connection Type then enter the InternetIP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS provided by your ISP.

Step 4:

Click .

If you’re using a Linksys Wi-Fi Router, you can manually install Linksys Connect after setting up the router with a Static IP.  For instructions, click here.

Expanding your network

Your router has the capability to connect multiple devices in the network such as smartphones, game consoles and printers.  If you have a large house with devices that require top wireless speeds and a wide range, you can also extend the range of your wireless network by using other networking devices from Linksys such as the Powerline adapters.  To know more about Powerline adapters, click here.

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