How to Set a Static IP Address for Your Xbox One
By: Hannah Fillmore-Patrick
Every time you start up Xbox Live, your network assigns a string of numbers called an Internet Protocol (IP) address to your console. When you send an online request (like a request to join a lobby), your network stamps the request with this string of numbers, which is like the return address on a letter. It tells your network where an online data packet is coming from and where it should go.
The Difference Between Dynamic and Static IP Addresses
To reduce the number of IP addresses, internet service providers pool addresses for their subscribers to share. When you connect to the internet on your Xbox One, your network pulls an address from this pool. When you disconnect, your network returns that address to the pool so someone else can use it. As a result, your Xbox One’s IP address changes every time you go online.
- A dynamic IP address changes with every internet session. The Domain Name System (DNS) entry constantly changes for networks with dynamic addresses.
Networks that want to be found by other networks use static IP addresses. When you type “google.com” in the address bar at the top of your browser, for example, your browser uses the DNS directory to match that URL with the static IP address for Google Search. It’s easy to find a network with a permanent domain name and a static IP.
- A static IP address always stays the same. The DNS entry doesn’t change for networks like “google.com” with static addresses.
Why Do You Need a Static IP Address for Your Xbox One?
Sometimes, in gaming, you want other gamers to be able to find your network. Unfortunately, that’s a difficult task when you’re using a static IP address and when your router uses the default Network Address Translation (NAT) setting to mask that IP address behind an unrelated IP address for added security.
While a strict NAT type makes your network more secure, it can cause your Xbox One to lag, drop you from games, or prevent you from joining lobbies. By setting your NAT type to open, you can:
- Reduce game lags
- Stop getting dropped from games
- Improve the sound quality of voice chat
- Play with friends or join lobbies
- Host games
To set your NAT type to open, you need to assign a static IP address to your Xbox One. A static address ensures that any changes you make to your router settings are permanent, even when you restart your console.
Set a Static IP Address for Your PC
It’s relatively easy to set a static address for your Xbox One. Before you change anything, though, you need to know your current IP address, subnet mask (usually 255.255.255.0), and DHCP range. These numbers will help you choose a static IP address for your console that’s compatible with your router.
To find your current IP address and subnet mask on your Xbox One:
- From the main menu, navigate to “Settings,” then “Network,“ then “Advanced settings.”
- Choose “IP settings,” which will display your current IP address and subnet mask.
To determine your router’s DHCP range:
- Open up a PC that’s connected to the same internet network as your Xbox One.
- Navigate to your router’s setup page by entering your router’s default IP address into your browser’s address bar. Most routers have the default LAN IP address 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. See a full list of default IP addresses here.
- Login to access the setup page. The default password is usually “admin,” but here’s a full list of default router passwords.
- Look for “DHCP Scope” in the settings. Each router manufacturer arranges its setup page a little differently. If you can’t find “DHCP Scope,” you may want to contact you router manufacturer for assistance.
Now, choose a static IP address for your Xbox One using your current IP address and the DHCP range of your router:
- Start with your current IP address.
- The first three numbers in your IP address stay the same. For example, if your IP address is 192.168.1.143, keep 192.168.1.
- The last number can be any number that’s less than 254 and is outside the DHCP range of your current IP address. For example, if your current address is 192.168.1.143 and your DHCP range is 50-150, you might choose the static address 192.168.1.3.
Now, use the information you gathered to set a static IP address for your Xbox One:
- Navigate to “Settings,” then to “Network,” then to “Set Up Internet Connection.”
- Choose “Use Wi-Fi” if you’re connecting to a wireless connection or “Use a LAN Cable” if you’re connecting with Ethernet.
- Choose “Custom.” Then, enter the static IP address you picked out.
- In the subnet mask field, enter your subnet mask.
- In the default gateway field, enter your router’s default IP address. Press enter.
- Choose “Do Not Use” a proxy server.
Now that you’ve assigned a static IP address to your Xbox One, you’re ready to open your NAT with port forwarding so that you can play online games with friends, join lobbies, or host games.