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Wi-Fi Fixed IP Address Requirements

Due to changes to the eduroam Wi-Fi service as of 05/01/20, users are required to re-onboard their devices. Please visit our Eduroam Onboarding Guide for step-by-step instructions or click onboard.wifi.uw.edu to onboard right away.

Wi-Fi fixed IP addresses are supported and distributed to clients meeting certain reasonable requirements.

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

  • An IP reservation in our DHCP servers. This is our default option for requests and the most common scenario.
    • This setup will instruct our DHCP servers to always give you the same IP address.
    • 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 doesn’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

Last reviewed April 14, 2020