How To Configure Windows To Automatically Switch Between Static And DHCP Network

It is really annoying to constantly changing the network TCP/IP properties for a mobile computer system for a person who needs to work in a DHCP and static IP network surrounding occasionally, especially if you’re in a hurry to bring about a resolution toward a specific problem. The problem can be solved by the Alternate Configuration functionality. This function detects the network change and makes the switch automatically, without having to make the changes yourself.

If you apply this solution, your laptop device will make a switch from being a dynamic IP setting to a static IP setting, with no worry of a DHCP being detected. Continue reading to learn how to apply the Alternate Configuration.

Go to Start Menu and follow up with clicking on Control Panel.

If you’re using Windows XP, click on Network Connections. If you are using Windows 7/Vista, then click on Network and Sharing Center > Manage Network Connections.

Right click on Local Area Connection and select its Properties.

Under the General tab, scroll down until you don’t see the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) option. Select it and click on Properties.

Now, go to Alternate Configuration Tab, select User configured. Enter the static IP of your alternate location. Applying this setting will let your system and network allow TCP/IP to use a static IP once the DHCP server is not found.

If you are working in office with a DHCP server activated and enabled, your laptop will use the primary configuration to retrieve a dynamic IP automatically. Once your laptop switches to a static IP environment, like your house, your laptop will be automatically switched to alternate configuration with a static IP you have configured.

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