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I have been trying to get my desktops IP to be static for awhile now because my games are telling me my nat type is strict, and I think that is the problem. I have used a ton of websites with guides to do it, but whenever I make my IP static, I just cant connect to the internet, and my computer diagnoses it as my wifi isnt set to dhcp, or dynamic, which I do not want. I just can get my ip to be static.

edit- I have a static ip now, and I still dont know how to open my nat type for games on my pc, my xbox is working great with an open nat, but not my pc.
Edited by HPE1000 - 10/18/12 at 9:50am
 
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Setting a static IP is only part of the NAT problem. That alone will not resolve your issue, but it is one step.

Please post a screenshot of "ipconfig /all" results in the command line, before and after the change

EDIT: Are you attempting a static IP in your router or your PC?
Edited by Powermonkey500 - 10/17/12 at 12:47pm
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Setting a static IP is only part of the NAT problem. That alone will not resolve your issue, but it is one step.
Please post a screenshot of "ipconfig /all" results in the command line, before and after the change
EDIT: Are you attempting a static IP in your router or your PC?

On my pc, tell me what settings to use and I will use them.
 
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I need those screenshots before I can make a recommendation.

Windows key + R, type cmd, enter, type ipconfig /all, enter, screenshot
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I need those screenshots before I can make a recommendation.
Ok, I will pm them to you, if you understand my reasoning.
 
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If you can configure your router to use DHCP reservation that's usually better than setting a static IP on the computer. I have a linksys router, and basically in the main pane there's a section for DHCP reservation. It will list devices currently connected and I just click reserve and it's done. You can also add clients manually.
That's the first part, getting a static or reserved IP. To solve the NAT issue you'll most likely need to open the ports for whatever games you're playing. This requires configuring the router anyway, which is why I recommend configuring everything there and using DHCP reservation.
If you have a lot of devices (like my family) DHCP reservation can help with IP address conflicts. When you set a static IP on your computer, the computer tells the router "hey, I need this IP". If the router has already given it out, there will be a conflict. But if you reserve IPs, the router just won't give out that particular address. And then when the computer pops up asking for an address, the router will have it just waiting and ready. So no conflicts. thumb.gif
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Okay, it looks like both before and after are set to use DHCP. I don't see a change.

For sake of simplicity, see the following page and follow the instructions:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/
You can stop after the step "Now you can open the command prompt and do an ipconfig to see the network adapter settings have been successfully changed." The rest of the steps are for different versions of Windows, but your signature says Windows 7 so that's what I'm assuming.

Use the following settings:
  • IP address: 192.168.1.250 (the 250 can be changed to whatever you wish to use, I just chose 250 because it is unlikely to conflict)
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Default Gateway: 192.168.1.254
  • Preferred DNS server: 192.168.1.254
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.8.8

These values won't compromise your privacy, hence why I didn't send it in a PM.
Edited by Powermonkey500 - 10/17/12 at 1:22pm
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Okay, it looks like both before and after are set to use DHCP. I don't see a change.
For sake of simplicity, see the following page and follow the instructions:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/
You can stop after the step "Now you can open the command prompt and do an ipconfig to see the network adapter settings have been successfully changed." The rest of the steps are for different versions of Windows, but your signature says Windows 7 so that's what I'm assuming.
Use the following settings:
  • IP address: 192.168.1.250 (the 250 can be changed to whatever you wish to use, I just chose 250 because it is unlikely to conflict)
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Default Gateway: 192.168.1.254
  • Preferred DNS server: 192.168.1.254
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.8.8
These values won't compromise your privacy, hence why I didn't send it in a PM.

Thanks a lot, I guess I had to restart the computer for my stuff to change or something, because it works now. How to I go about fixing my nat type now, on the pc, gta4, mw3, bfbc2 and more say I have a strict nat type, yet those same games on the xbox say my nat type is open. Do I forward ports? Or is there something else that is causing this, my router has upnp enabled, and tons of people told me that being turned off was the reason, but that isnt.
 
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Forward the ports from the external (public) IP address to the IP address you just set.
You can find the ports you need to forward for each game by Googling around.
Alternatively, you could set your DMZ IP address to your new static IP - that forwards ALL ports to it. I find this to be easier if you don't have multiple gaming rigs.
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Forward the ports from the external (public) IP address to the IP address you just set.
You can find the ports you need to forward for each game by Googling around.
Alternatively, you could set your DMZ IP address to your new static IP - that forwards ALL ports to it. I find this to be easier if you don't have multiple gaming rigs.

How would I set a DMZ IP address? tongue.gif

And I am only wanting this on one computer, so this wont affect any other computer in the house will it?
 
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