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Wi-Fi Fixed IP Address Requirements

Wi-Fi fixed IP addresses are supported and distributed to clients meeting certain reasonable requirements. This is expected to be a very small segment of our customer base.

We have two options available and both are generally limited to an IP/s from UWs private address space.

  • An IP reservation in our DHCP servers. This is our default option for requests.
    • This setup will instruct our DHCP servers to always give you the same IP address, no matter where your device is on campus WiFi.
    • You will not have to reconfigure anything on your client device, as long as it’s set to use DHCP.
    • This setup is available on the University of Washington wireless service.
    • This setup is available on the eduroam wireless service.
  • A static IP address. This option is only used in special cases where a device doesnā€™t support DHCP.
    • This setup will require you to configure the IP assigned to you along with subnet mask, gateway address and DNS servers.
    • If your device gets set back to DHCP, it will be assigned a random address from the DHCP pool.
    • This setup is available on the University of Washington wireless service.
    • This setup is not available on the eduroam wireless service.

Reasonable requirements clients should meet may be, but are not limited to:

  • Inbound connectivity to a device with a predictable IP from within UW address space
  • Device does not behave well in a DHCP environment
  • Lack of high availability
  • Lack of high bandwidth
  • Limited client roaming requirements
  • Reasonable hardship

Request a Fixed IP