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How2 find my network settings from my PC

One of a set of simple easy to use guides for beginners to set up a Raspberry Pi computer.


This page shows you how to extract the details of your network from your PC, so you can setup network access to your Raspberry Pi.

1. Firstly you need to run a command prompt on your PC
So in windows XP press [Start] [Programs] [Accessories] [Cmd]
In windows 7/vista press [Start] [All Programs] [Accessories] [Cmd]
You will see the following open on your PC.
Windows command prompt

2. Now we need to run the ipconfig command in the command window so
 ipconfig /all|more
As you page down by pressing the [space bar] you will see something similar to the following displayed in your command window.

------------------------------------------------------ Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-25-D3-F1-64-2C
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8c32:2e58:7bd:c413%10(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask  . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 20 June 2012 06:40:03
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 20 June 2012 12:40:02
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 234890707
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-BE-4B-FD-00-25-D3-F1-64-2C
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
------------------------------------------------------

As you can see from my screen I am using a wireless connection to my router.
The important items we need for setting up a Raspberry Pi with a fixed IP address are the Default Gateway which is the router to access the internet, and it has an IP(Internet Protocol) address of 192.168.1.1.
As you can see it is also a DHCP server so the majority of local addresses will be allocated by the same router from here.
It also acts as a DNS server for internet name serving and translates names such as www.google.com to an IP address(209.85.143.104) for the machines to use for connectivity.

As my I.P. address is 192.168.1.2 and uses DHCP then the use of addresses greater than 192.168.1.200 is unlikely to clash with the DHCP server, so i will start my Raspberry Pi's from this point.
My network is 192.168.1.0 as the home local network is usually the 1st 3 digits of the IP address plus a 0, but this is dependant on the Subnet Mask, usually irrelevent for most home users.

So to conclude - My Raspberry Pi needs the following items for it to be setup within my LAN as a static IP address

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address   192.168.1.200
  # The first 3 digits of the gateway plus a Unique number per machine up to 254,
  # I prefer to start at 200 as it gives me 54 potential Pi addresses
netmask   255.255.255.0
  # Highlighted in step 2 Subnet Mask
network   192.168.1.0
  # The first 3 digits of the gateway plus a 0
broadcast 192.168.1.255
  # The first 3 digits of the gateway plus a 255
gateway   192.168.1.1
  # Highlighted in step 2 Default Gateway
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NOTE:- Further details of your ADSL router are specific to the router so you will need to look at the documentation for the router if you want more details, and will also need this to enable a DMZ for your Pi to run from.

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