How to Set Manual DHCP and a Static IP Address on an iPad or iPhone

May 19, 2012 - 8 Comments

Setting manual DHCP information and static IP address in iOS

Certain Wi-Fi networks require clients to use static IP addresses or manual DHCP information in order for a device to connect properly, setting either of these is easy within iOS.

  1. Tap on “Settings” and then tap on “General”
  2. Tap “Wi-Fi” and look for the network name you are connected to, tap the blue (>) arrow next to it
  3. Tap the “Static” tab and enter network appropriate DHCP/static IP information
  4. Close out of Settings and launch Safari or another network app to confirm connectivity

Settings are applied automatically after all the information is typed in, if you need an easy to remember DNS try using Google’s server, which is fast, efficient, and has very high reliability.

I’ve had to set manual DHCP information in order to connect iPads to certain older Wi-Fi networks on more than one occasion, something I’ve encountered in Mac OS X Lion before as well. This makes setting a static IP a fairly reliable network troubleshooting trick when certain iOS devices are having problems with very specific routers and networks, since sometimes the problem is either a conflict with another IP, or just an issue with how certain router firmware behaves with iOS.

The screenshot above demonstrates this used on an iPad, but the method is the same on an iPhone and iPod touch as well.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Will P says:

    I’ve had issues in the past with ‘DHCP with manual address’ configuration using my AT&T U-verse router as the DHCP server. When the DHCP lease expired, iOS and Mac OS clients set to ‘DHCP with manual address’ completely lost the ability to route, by name or IP. I would avoid ‘DHCP with manual address’ configuration if you use your AT&T U-verse router as your DHCP server.

  2. Michael says:

    Can I set up several WiFi networks SSIDs with static IP data on the iPhone and remember them for later use?

  3. jarod says:

    Static worked perfectly!

  4. Shane B says:

    set the DNS to the router ( in the example) may well be faster than googles

  5. […] IP address from a router that any iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device is connected to, you can either set a manual IP address or, what’s likely more relevant to most people, you’ll want to renew the DHCP lease […]

  6. […] to the same wireless network router, be sure no IP conflicts exist. If an IP conflict is found, use manual DHCP and set a static IP far out of the conflict […]

  7. Leyu says:

    Le lov

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