What Is IP Address - Configuring the Wireless Network on Your Computer

An IP address is unique to each computer that is connected to the Internet. It may be programmed in a variety of forms, but the most commonly used ones are listed below. If you don't recognize any of these, and you have no idea what they do, read on. Most routers come standard with one or two of these options, but some computers come equipped with all of them.

static IP address routers offer a good way to keep your network secure since they don't allow other computers on the network to use their IP address for purposes other than that which they were intended. The static IP address keeps a certain "distance" from other network computers, avoiding long-distance connection failure. Many companies are selling IP-based routers, as well as software for managing, monitoring, and controlling them. Webrtc, a free program for Microsoft Windows CE and Internet Explorer is one of these tools.

IP Address - Relation In Shared Routers

Shared IP routers are like subjects, except they share an IP address with other networks. This type of router setup is recommended for businesses with a high-traffic network. You can save a lot of money this way, since using the cheaper shared IP option can cause your overall cost of ownership to increase.

Dynamic IP routers are much more difficult to set up, and there are three options for you to choose from in Windows Vista. 

How To Set Up IP Address

  1. The first step in the setup process is to access the Control Panel by clicking the Start button, then double-clicking the Control Panel. On the Control Panel window, click the Network tab, then click Properties. 
  2. The next step is to select the IP router that is best for your network and click the Properties button. In the Shared IP tab, check the Use the Same DNS server as your primary server option, if you want to use the same IP address for all your computers on the network.
  3. The final step is to fill out the IP address for your computer in the Shared IP Address text box. Click the Continue button to move on to the Results panel, where you will get the details of the DNS server that is used for your Windows Vista system. Use the right or left arrows to view different types of connections, such as Shared, Static, or Managed. If you have dynamic IP addresses, you will see a list of all the servers that are using that IP address. If you have static IP addresses, you will only see the IP address of your computer on the network, which is usually static.

Testing IP On Your Router

  1. To test if your IP router is up and running, go to the Windows Task Manager and right-click your router. 
  2. You will then see an icon on the right side of the taskbar next to the Start button.
  3.  If you see an icon for Internet Connection Sharing, click on it to open the dialog box for setting up a connection with this wireless network.
  4.  Your router should now be listed there, allowing you to connect your peripherals, like your modem, printer, and any other devices that are hooked to the same network you are using.
  5. The last step is to test to see if the settings for your connection are saved properly. If you don't see any saved settings, you probably didn't save them. 


For your information, there are different ways you can back up your router's configurations so that in case you experience a problem with the connection, you can still reset the settings and continue using your PC. If you have private IP addresses on your network, you need to have them backed up in case your modem malfunctions or you accidentally disconnect your router from the network.

Changing the administrator password, changing the administrative label, or restarting the router can help resolve the problem. In most cases, rebooting the router won't be enough since your configuration could not be saved. If you can't seem to figure out how to back up your router's settings, contact your service provider or the manufacturer for technical support. The manufacturer usually has a support phone number or a support page where you can find the information you need.