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Obtain an automatic IP address: Windows 7

If you are having difficulties connecting to the wired Internet in your residence or office, it may be because your computer is attempting to obtain a static, rather than an automatic, IP address. In order to connect to the UVic wired Internet, your computer must be configured to use DHCP.

  1. Click on your Start menu and select Control Panel.

  2. Click on Network and Internet.

  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  4. Click on Change adapter settings, located on the left-side menu.

  5. Right click on the Local Area Connection icon and select Properties. You will need to have administrator access.


  6. In the new window, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list of items and click Properties.

    If any IP or DNS information is listed in the new window, you may want to write it down in case you need to restore your settings at a later time.
  7. Ensure the radio buttons beside Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected. Click OK. Close the remaining windows.