You can manually configure network properties (such as an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway) for your home networking devices, on all of the Windows 7 computers on your home network. It only takes eight easy steps!


Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.


Click Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center window appears.


In the left pane, click Change Adapter Settings.

The Network Connections window appears.


Double-click the network adapter you would like to configure (Wireless Network Connection in this example).

The Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box appears.


Under Activity, click the Properties button.

The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.


Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.

The dialog box pertaining to the selected connection appears.


Select Use the Following IP Address and enter the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway information for your network.

Contact your internet service provider (ISP) if you aren't sure where to obtain these values.


Under Use the Following DNS Server Addresses, enter the IP addresses for your primary and secondary DNS servers; then click OK and close the other network properties windows.

Only a primary DNS server address is required. This may be the same address as your default gateway, or your ISP may provide you with this information.