Setting up a static IP address on your Sony PlayStation 5 is a prerequisite for configuring port forwarding. If you have issues with your NAT type or difficulty connecting to certain online services, you may need to configure port forwarding on your router. Port forwarding is a way to expose specific ports directly to the public-facing internet bypassing the firewall in your router. This is required by some games on PS5.
Before you can configure port forwarding you will need to assign a static IP address to your PS5 console. I am going to show you how to set up a static IP address from within your router. This is going to be the easiest method for most people, especially since you will need to log in to your router to configure port forwarding anyways. This method will also ensure that you do not have IP address conflicts on your network, something many people either don’t understand or overlook.
Find Your Router’s IP Address
The first step to setting up a static IP address on PS5 is to locate the IP address of your router. You can find it by looking up the model of your router or looking for a sticker on your router. Another option is to locate the default gateway IP address on your ps5. Your default gateway is usually the IP address of your router. Once you find the IP address of your router, write it down for the next steps.
Log in to Your Router
You will want to complete the remaining steps on your computer, it can be either a PC or Mac. It will make the process much easier. If you do not have access to a computer, they can also be completed on a tablet or smartphone. Using a computer is highly recommended given the small text on your router configuration settings page.
Open your web browser. I am using Chrome, but this process will also work in any modern web browser including Safari, Edge, Firefox, etc. In the address bar enter the gateway IP address you wrote down from the previous step and press enter.
This will open your router’s login page. You may get a security warning because many routers use a self-signed SSL certificate. This is completely normal and not a cause for concern. Simply choose to proceed anyways. You may need to click advanced to expose this option if you are using Chrome.
From here you will reach the login page of your router. If you changed your login credentials when you set up your router you will enter them here. If you did not change your login credentials you will enter the default credentials for your router. Sometimes they are printed on the bottom of your router. If not simply Google the brand of your router and look up the default login credentials.
Assign a Static IP Address to Your PS5
Once you enter your login credentials successfully, you will reach the admin dashboard of your router. From here you will want to find your DHCP settings. On some routers this will be listed under LAN settings, on others it will be directly on the initial dashboard screen. Your router will likely look a little different than mine but most routers will have a DHCP settings page. Once you find your DHCP settings page you will want to open it up.
Now that you have opened up your DHCP settings, you will want to find your console in the list of connected devices. Depending on how many devices are connected to your router this list may be short or long. If you are unsure which device is your PS5 console you can look for the IPv4 address or MAC address that matches your console.
It is very important that we identify the correct device during this step. Once you find your console you will want to set the IP address as static. This will be called different things depend on the brand of your router. It is usually either set IP as static, reserve this IP address, create DHCP reservation, or something similar. You will select this option to ensure that your PlayStation 5 console is always assigned the same IP address.
From here your Sony PS5 has successfully been configured with a static IP address. There are no settings that need to be changed on the console itself when using this method, as the router is assigning the static IP address to the console automatically.
I would recommend using this method of setup for most people because it is simple and avoids the possibility of an IP conflict occurring. IP conflicts occur when your router tries to assign an IP address to a device when another device is already using this IP address. The easiest way to avoid this is to let your router handle assigning all of your IP addresses.
On the unlikely chance that your router doesn’t have the ability to reserve IP addresses, there is also the option of manually configuring a static IP address on the console itself. I would strongly recommend avoiding that method if at all possible as it is more complicated to configure properly.