Every computing device capable of using a wireless or cable network has an Internet Protocol address usually called an IP address. It differs one device from the other and identifies all the devices that are used to surf the internet all around the globe. It is just like a CNIC number or a phone number that separates for every single entity.
This IP address is responsible for directing the user’s data to reach their unique specific destination. Basically it is your router’s job to assign your computing device a new unique IP address whenever a device is connected to the network for the first time.
This IP address must be specific to that particular device and different from any other device. There are different types of IP addresses. You might have come across an issue where you have a static IP but no internet connection. To solve this issue, let’s get to know more about static IP addresses.
What Is A Static IP Address?
A static IP address is a unique set of numbers that cannot be changed. It is also called a fixed IP address which is assigned to your computing device by your router or your ISP.
Your internet service provider usually is responsible to assign a public IP address to your router and then your router when it starts for the first time, assigns an internal IP address to your computing device that is connected to the router.
The first computing device you plug into the new internet router sends out a network request asking for an IP address. Let’s say if your first device is assigned with an IP address xxx.xxx.x.1. So the next device you connect will get an IP address xxx.xxx.x.2. This means that for a single home or a router, all the given IP addresses are somewhat identical and related to each other.
Things You Should Know About Your IP Address
Your public IP address is given to you by your ISP via your router so it is neither something that you can have according to your desire nor you can change it. It is provided to your device automatically on your first network request.
If you wish to have a static public IP address, you can use a specialist VPN service, which is rather expensive. You can get the desired IP address from your ISP by paying for it. These cases are very rare and such IP addresses are typically reserved only for business customers.
Disadvantages of Having a Static IP Address
Fixed or Static IP addresses are needed to be manually configured. You are needed to make some changes to the configurations of your router.
An administration is needed to keep track of all the data settings. Usually in home networks, this has never been a serious issue but in larger business sectors, the administration problems are proven to be a headache because incorrect configurations can lead to other bigger conflicts of IP address errors.
For example, if one of your machines is given the IP address xxx.xxx.x.9, and you also have a router which continues to provide IP addresses to other computing devices.
So automatically, at some point, another device will be given the same IP address causing a clash or IP address error. Therefore, static IP addresses are quite problematic at larger levels.
Troubleshooting Ways to Solve the Static IP But No Internet Connection
Most of the internet issues regarding static IP addresses are not that simple to solve as it requires a high level of knowledge about the coding and data settings that has to be done manually. But there are still some basic settings that can be changed to solve the issue of Internet disconnection.
1. DNS Settings
While setting your computing device with a static IP address, it depends upon you to configure the DNS server by using the DHCP from your router. The router provides not only an IP address but its own DNS settings also.
You can also try to ping “126.96.36.199″ as your address or even better, you can try to traceroute 188.8.131.52. This way you will see that your internet starts working using these IP addresses only. Then, you can easily configure the DNS settings as you prefer.
2. Type Everything Yourself
Sometimes when you are setting the static IP address, the default gateway is prefilled correctly and looks like it doesn’t need any changes.
Most people tend to move ahead without taking the time to manually retype it. But it is required to be filled by the user indeed. If you try to click “ok” without typing the data yourself, the gateway is treated as though it is left blank.
3. Reboot the System
Sometimes the system stops working and loses the internet services showing that the internet connection is not available.
This is not related to your static IP address issues. All it needs to get back to work is a good old fashioned restart and reboot trick. Set the system to its usual static IP address and apply the trick. Restart and reboot the system and continue your diagnostic efforts.
You will be surprised to see the system working properly with its Internet status alive and kicking. I will access the Internet as usual and will be able to browse LAN.
(Note: This method is a somewhat unofficial method in this regard, which is not guaranteed to work every single time or your case can be a bit more complex and typical to be solved by a simple system rebooting process.)
4. Ghost Adaptor Issue
Sometimes the solution is a known Ghost Adapter Issue in VMW. To resolve this issue follow these steps.
- Log-in to the servers.
- Run CMD.
- Here enter: devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
- Now open Control Panel.
- Go to Network & Internet
- Open Network Sharing Center. Here you should see at least two adapters.
- One of them is related to IP settings, so change the adapter to DHCP.
- Change the semi-working adapter to static IP address and you will have internet access.