How To Use Static IP Address On Nintendo Switch

There are two ways to set up the local IP address in a Nintendo Switch: one is by using a static IP address and the other is dynamic IP address.By default, once your Nintendo Switch connects to your wifi network, it’s given a dynamic IP address. This type of IP address changes from time to time, like when you restart the router or Nintendo Switch. While having a dynamic IP address works is fine, it may not be an ideal set up if you want to do certain things on the console, like when you want to get NAT type A via port forwarding.

Why use a static IP address on your Nintendo Switch?

If you want to lessen chances of encountering issues when you play online, the best thing that you can do is to ensure that your Nintendo Switch console uses NAT type A. To do that, you’ll want to reconfigure your router so the relevant ports needed by your console are opened. This process is called port forwarding. 

One of the important steps to successfully perform port forwarding is to change the local IP address of your Nintendo Switch to static IP. As the name suggests, a static IP does not change even if you restart the router or console. 

Changing into a static IP only happens on your console but your public IP address which is provided by your ISP does not change.

How to set up static IP address on a Nintendo Switch

The steps to use static IP on your Nintendo Switch is easy. Learn how to do this process by following the steps below.

  1. On your Nintendo Switch console, go to the Home screen and select System Settings.

  2. Select Internet.

  3. Select Internet Settings.

  4. Select your network from the list. Enter the network password if prompted.

  5. Choose Change Settings.

  6. Select IP Address Settings.

    Press A on the controller.

  7. Select Manual.

    Options for the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway will appear.

  8. Select IP Address, and use the on-screen keyboard to enter the IP address.

    Press OK or the + button to confirm the change.

  9. Do the same steps to change the Subnet Mask and Gateway as well.

How to get the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway?

In order to use a static IP address on your Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to get three important information:

  • IP Address, 
  • Subnet Mask, and 
  • Gateway

You can use your computer or smartphone to get them.

For demonstration purposes, we give you steps on how to do it in a Windows 10 PC. If you have a smartphone or Mac, use Google to search for the exact steps on how to extract these network details.

  1. On your Windows 10 computer, select the start bar in the lower-left corner, and type cmd into the search bar.
  2. Select Command Prompt.
  3. Type ipconfig/all and press Enter.
  4. Your network’s IP information should now be displayed in a list. Scroll through the list to find the IPv4 Address or IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway.

IMPORTANT: Every device in a network needs a unique local IP address in order to connect to the internet. This means that your Nintendo Switch console should have a different IP address from your smartphone or computer.

When doing the ipconfig/all, you are basically getting the internal or local IP address and other details of your computer. Make sure to use a unique local IP address for your Nintendo Switch when setting up its static IP address. 

For example, if your PC has 192.168.1.1 IP address, try using a different one for your Nintendo Switch by adding, say, 30 to the last part. So, instead of using the same IP, the local IP address of your Switch should now be 192.168.1.31.

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