Setup a Static IP Address on the PS4

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Those of you forwarding ports to your PS4 need to permanently assign an internal IP address to that gaming console. Forwarding ports on your router directs all traffic on certain ports to the internal IP address you name. If you do not permanently assign an internal IP address to your PS4 console, you may get a different IP address the next to you turn on your console causing your forwarded ports to stop working. To avoid this you can either assign an IP address in your router for your PS4 or setup a static IP address in your gaming console.

First you need to look for a way to permanently assign an IP address in your router. This process differs from router to router.

If you find that you have a router that does not allow for you to manually select IP addresses, you then have to set up the static IP address with the PS4 console itself.


Important Terms to Know:

Internal IP Address vs. External IP Address

Static Internal vs Dynamic Internal IP Address


How to Manually Assign an IP address in Your Router

If you find this feature in your router, simply assign a permanent IP address to your PS4 (in your router) and no changes are required in your PS4 console. Your router then takes care of always assigning your PS4 the same IP address which functions exactly the same as a static IP. Follow these steps to assign an IP address in your router:

Step One

You can choose to permanently assign your PS4 to the IP address that it is currently using. To find this number:

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Step Two

Login to your router (through your computer) and permanently assign your PS4 to that IP address. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Here is an example of a router that allows you to manually assign IP addresses.

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In this router, there is a box to type the IP address into and then a drop down menu for the MAC address. (The MAC address of your PS4 console is a unique number and every console is assigned a different one from the factory.) Some routers do not have a drop down menu to choose the MAC address from and instead have a place to type it in.

Step Three

After you have assigned your PS4 to a specific IP address, test the connection to make sure it is working. To test the connection:

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Step Four

Once you have permanently assigned an IP address to your PS4 (in your router), and you have tested your connection (through the PS4 Dashboard), you can proceed to forwarding a port. For help setting up port forwards visit our router guides.

How to Setup a Static IP Address in Your PS4

If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign internal IP addresses, follow these instructions to set up a static IP address in your PS4:

Step One

Find out what IP address, subnet mask, and gateway your PS4 console is currently using. To find this info:

Click the Settings option in the PS4 Dashboard.

Then choose Network from the list of options.

Finally, select the View Connection Status option.

On this View Connection Status page you should see the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and the Default Gateway. Write these down, you will need to enter them in later.

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Step Two

Login to your router (through your computer) and note the DHCP range your router uses. The DHCP range is the group of numbers that your router uses to assign internal IP addresses to devices on your network. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Here is a screenshot of a linksys router. The DHCP range is circled in red.

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dhcp range

Step Three

Next, you need to pick a number between 2 and 254 that is outside of your router's DHCP range to assign to your PS4.

In the example above, this Linksys router uses the range 100-149 to assign IP addresses to devices on the internal network. I chose to assign my PS4 to 201. The IP address that I am going to assign to my PS4 is 192.168.1.201. (Be sure to use the first three numbers that are in your router's IP address, also known as the gateway.) Here are a few more examples for you:

Step Four

To find out if the address you chose is available ping the address using the command prompt. To do this:

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In this black box:

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If you ping an address and do not receive a reply, then the IP address is available for you to use. (See example above.) If you do receive a reply then that IP address is in use and you will have to try a different one. Below is an example showing an address that has already been assigned.

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Step Five

Now, go to the PS4 Dashboard to set the internal IP address to the number you have chosen.

In the PS4 Dashboard:

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