Setting up static Ethernet on macOS

Some departments require some or all computers on their local subnet to have static IP addresses. Static Ethernet may also be required if you are accessing from certain office or lab locations. Check with your local tech support personnel to see if you have been assigned a static IP address before configuring your computer.


  1. Open Apple > System Preferences > Network.
  2. Select Ethernet from the left pane that lists connection services.
  3. Create a new location:
    1. Select Edit Locations… from the Location: drop-down list. If this option is grayed out, you may need to click the lock icon at the bottom-left of the Network window.
    2. Click the +, select Ethernet from the Interface drop-down list, and enter NU Static Ethernet in the new field.
    3. Click Create.
  4. Select NU Static Ethernet from the left pane of services.
    1. Select Using DHCP with manual address from the Configure IPv4: drop-down list.
    2. Enter the IP address supplied to you by your department IT personnel in the IP Address: field.
    3. Click Apply. All other fields are automatically populated.
  5. Close System Preferences.


Keywords: IP address Mac
Created: 2016-03-27 22:16:10
Updated: 2020-06-10 16:17:48

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