How to Set a Static IP Address for your PlayStation 4
By: Hannah Fillmore-Patrick
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a string of numbers that your network assigns to your PlayStation 4 every time you connect to the internet. Your network stamps this string of numbers on every request you send over the internet. It tells your network where an online data packet, like information about another player in your game, 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 typically pool addresses for their subscribers to share. When you connect to the internet on your PS4, your network picks an address from this pool for your console. When you disconnect, your network returns that address to the pool so that someone else can use it. As a result, the IP address of your PS4 is constantly changing.
- A dynamic IP address changes with every internet session. The DNS entry constantly changes for networks with dynamic addresses.
Networks that want to be found by other networks have static IP addresses. When you type “google.com” in the address bar at the top of your browser, for example, your browser uses the Domain Name System (DNS) directory to match that URL with the permanent 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 PS4?
Network Address Translation (NAT) is a default router option that hides your secure, private IP address behind an unrelated, public IP address. While a strict NAT makes your network more secure, it can affect gaming on PS4 by causing lags, dropping you from games, and preventing 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 PS4. 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 PS4. 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 that’s compatible with your router.
To find your current IP address and subnetmask on your PS4:
- Navigate to “Settings,” then “Network.”
- Click “View connection status,” which will display your current IP address and subnet mask.
To determine your router’s DHCP range:
- Open a PC that’s connected to the same internet network as your PS4.
- 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 your router manufacturer for assistance.
Now, choose a static IP address for your PS4 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 changes to 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 PS4:
- On your PS4, 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 the same subnet mask as your PC connection. In the default gateway field, enter your router’s default IP address. Press enter.
- Choose “Do Not Use” a proxy server.
A static address ensures that the networking changes you make are permanent, even when you restart your console. Now that you’ve assigned a static IP address to your PS4, you’re ready to open your NAT with port forwarding so that you can play with friends, join lobbies, or host games.