How To Set Up a Static IP on OS X

Organizing home or a small office network can be a really tricky thing and for better control it is always better to assign each device its own unique IP address. Having Static IP may be tricky for some people as it is not that you can do very easily.

Many of the Mac users don’t even understand the concept of having a static IP and why it is important to have on a shared network. If as a Mac OS X user, you are also having the same problem then this guide will take you through the process of setting a static internet protocol on your network.

Setting  Up Static IP

Navigate to the System Preferences in your Mac machine and open Network option there.

It is located under the Internet & Wireless sub section. Now you have to change the Location from ‘Automatic’ in order to change DHCP to manual IP.

Name the new location so you can remember it, something like ‘Static IP’.

After naming the new location, you can set the preferences after selecting it again. Choose manually in the drop down menu under IPv4.

Under the manual settings you will have to edit the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router, DNS Server, and Search Domains. And after that you can get a different IP address your Mac device.

Advantages of Static IP

To set a web server at home or a small office, having a static IP is very important so that everyone in the network can access it. It is a very technical theory and you need to understand the working of servers, incoming requests and port 80 for this. In simple words if you don’t have different IP addresses the server would break.

There are also other advantages of having a static IP. For e.g. you can use it for multiplayer gaming on Xbox, PC and Playstation. It is also helpful in downloading files from servers which allow only one IP address at a time.

Disadvantages of Static IP

Setting a static IP is really very technical. Moreover, you need to know all the things about your network which is not possible at all times. Many MAC OS X users will have problem in creating a static IP and even after the use of this guide they may not be able to do so.

Why? Because DNS, Search Domain and Router settings are not easy to configure. And without correct information you will come across many error messages leaving you frustrated about the whole static IP thing. So basically, the whole process is very problematic and users really need to get everything right for this to work.


Getting a Static IP on Mac OS X is not an easy thing to do. Actually, it is a complex thing on any OS but if you have the correct Router information and you also know about the other setting then this shouldn’t take more than a minute for configure. All in all the process is a little complex so you need to work a little bit harder with information.