Configure IP Addressing CCNA
Configure IP Addressing CCNA

Configure IP Addressing

Configure IP Addressing


This topic configure a host device with an IP address. Start learning CCNA 200-301 for free right now!!

Note: Welcome: This topic is part of Chapter 2 of the Cisco CCNA 1 course, for a better follow up of the course you can go to the CCNA 1 section to guide you through an order.

Manual IP Address Configuration for End Devices

Much like you need your friends’ telephone numbers to text or call them, end devices in your network need an IP address so that they can communicate with other devices on your network. In this topic, you will implement basic connectivity by configuring IP addressing on switches and PCs.

IPv4 address information can be entered into end devices manually, or automatically using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

To manually configure an IPv4 address on a Windows host, open the Control Panel > Network Sharing Center > Change adapter settings and choose the adapter. Next right-click and select Properties to display the Local Area Connection Properties, as shown in the figure.

Configure an IPv4 address
Configure an IPv4 address

Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties to open the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, shown in the figure. Configure the IPv4 address and subnet mask information, and default gateway.

Note: IPv6 addressing and configuration options are similar to IPv4.

Configure an IPv6 address
Configure an IPv6 address

Note: The DNS server addresses are the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses of the Domain Name System (DNS) servers, which are used to translate IP addresses to domain names, such as www.cisco.com.

Automatic IP Address Configuration for End Devices

End devices typically default to using DHCP for automatic IPv4 address configuration. DHCP is a technology that is used in almost every network. The best way to understand why DHCP is so popular is by considering all the extra work that would have to take place without it.

In a network, DHCP enables automatic IPv4 address configuration for every end device that is DHCP-enabled. Imagine the amount of time it would take if every time you connected to the network, you had to manually enter the IPv4 address, the subnet mask, the default gateway, and the DNS server. Multiply that by every user and every device in an organization and you see the problem. Manual configuration also increases the chance of misconfiguration by duplicating another device’s IPv4 address.

As shown in the figure, to configure DHCP on a Windows PC, you only need to select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Your PC will search out a DHCP server and be assigned the address settings necessary to communicate on the network.

Note: IPv6 uses DHCPv6 and SLAAC (Stateless Address Autoconfiguration) for dynamic address allocation.

Automatic IP Address Configuration
Automatic IP Address Configuration

Syntax Checker – Verify Windows PC IP Configuration

It is possible to display the IP configuration settings on a Windows PC by using the ipconfig command at the command prompt. The output will show the IPv4 address, subnet mask, and gateway information received from the DHCP server.

Enter the command to display the IP configuration on a Windows PC.

Windows IP Configuration  
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:  
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : cisco.com  
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b0ef:ca42:af2c:c6c7%16  
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :  
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :  
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

You successfully displayed the IP configuration on a Windows PC.

Switch Virtual Interface Configuration

To access the switch remotely, an IP address and a subnet mask must be configured on the SVI. To configure an SVI on a switch, use the interface vlan 1 global configuration command. Vlan 1 is not an actual physical interface but a virtual one. Next assign an IPv4 address using the ip address ip-address subnet-mask interface configuration command. Finally, enable the virtual interface using the no shutdown interface configuration command.

After these commands are configured, the switch has all the IPv4 elements ready for communication over the network.

Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# interface vlan 1
Switch(config-if)# ip address
Switch(config-if)# no shutdown

Packet Tracer – Implement Basic Connectivity

In this activity, you will first perform basic switch configurations. Then you will implement basic connectivity by configuring IP addressing on switches and PCs. When the IP addressing configuration is complete, you will use various show commands to verify configurations and use the ping command to verify basic connectivity between devices.

Glossary: If you have doubts about any special term, you can consult this computer network dictionary.

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