Static IP Address

[edit] Introduction

The settings for this are quite deeply buried, so here's a how-to for the setup of a static IP address on your N900.

Also note that this guide is aimed at new N900 and Maemo users as the task of finding the input boxes for the IP addresses can be difficult.

Of course, this is only for wlan connections, since the IP addresses you get from a 3G connection can vary a lot, and the ports are usually open.

I will not go into the process of the actual port forwarding on your router. There are other, router-specific guides for that. Like the ones on Portforward

[edit] The guide

First of all, I suggest you get the IP address widget from the extras repository. It is a great help when you need to find out what IP address your device is currently assigned.

Connect to your preferred wlan network and write down the IP address the widget displays. Then disconnect from the network.

Then go to the menu, then settings, then scroll down to and select internet connections. In the popup, press the "connections"-button. Highlight the wlan connection you wish to set the static IP address to, and hit Edit.

Then the edit wizard appears. Just click next without changing anything until you get to the end, where the next-button is greyed-out. A new button has appeared next to it, labeled "Advanced". Tap it.

In the resulting pop-up, choose the second tab, labeled "IP addresses".

At this point you need the subnet mask and the default gateway of your router, as well as the DNS addresses of your ISP (or any other DNS addresses you wish to use. Google has recently launched some of their own). If you've entered static IP addresses on your computer, you'll know how to find these out. In a nutshell: on your computer, follow the fist 4 steps on any guide here: [1].

The DNS addresses are usually visible on the support pages of your ISP, just google "DNS (ISP name here)". A good alternative is: OpenDNS

When you have those, we are good to go.

First, uncheck the "Auto-retrieve IP address"-box. Then, fill in the IP address you got from the widget in the IP address field. Do the same with the subnet mask and the default gateway, as well as the primary and secondary DNS addresses.

When done, click SAVE. And you are, well... Done!

Now you can proceed with the actual port forwarding on your router.