Changing PC IP Addresses for SVSi Communication
SVSi devices ship with an IP address in the APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) protocol range, meaning their IP addresses will look something like 169.254.X.X with a 16-bit subnet mask of 255.255.0.0. In order to communicate with SVSi equipment, your computer must have a static IP address in the APIPA range as well. If you plan on changing the IP addresses of SVSi equipment to your own static address scheme, adding a second static IP address to your computer’s network interface card will facilitate the change.
- Begin by opening your “Network and Sharing Center” in the system tray shown in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
- Now select “Change Adapter Settings” in the top left-hand corner of your screen.
- Next, double-click your “Local Area Connection” that is associated with the onboard NIC that will be connected to the SVSi equipment.
- This will bring up your “Local Area Connection Status” window. On this window, select “Properties” in the bottom left-hand corner of the window.
- You will now be presented with the “Local Area Connection Properties” window. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then select the “Properties” button on the lower right-hand side of the window.
- You will now be presented with the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties” window. Select the “Use the following IP address:” radio button. You will then be presented with the ability to add an IP address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway. Add an IP address within the APIPA range (169.254.X.X) and the subnet mask field should automatically fill in with a 16-bit subnet mask. Leave the Default Gateway and DNS fields blank.
- At this point, you have two options.
- If you plan to keep your SVSi equipment in the APIPA range, you can leave your single static address configured and work with your devices.
- If you plan to set your SVSi equipment to your own static range, you will need to configure a static address as well.
- Setting a second static IP address in your computer involves simply clicking the “Advanced” button at the bottom right-hand side of the IPv4 address window. Afterward, you will be presented with this screen.
- Now select the “Add” button under the “IP Addresses” section of the window. You will be presented with this window.
- Now you can simply type in an IP address that is in the same range that you will configuring your SVSi equipment for.
- This will enable your computer to communicate to both the APIPA range the SVSi equipment ships with and the addresses that you configure the devices to as you move through your configuration.