Works! Verizon G3100 How to set a Static IP / Fixed IP Address

Disclaimer. I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.

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I have owned the Verizon G3100 almost since it came out. You can read my user review of the Verizon G3100 if you want to better understand my experience.

Background

A fixed IP address or static IP address is often recommended for smart home equipment.  If you have a Nest Thermostat, a Ring Doorbell,  Smart Switches, Raspberry Pi (including PiHole), or anything really that you may want to connect to consistently or remotely, then it’s always better to set a static IP address.

How to Set a Static IP Address on Verizon G3100

Assumption

I am assuming the device you need to use a static IP address with is already connected to your WiFi. I really recommend you do this first, it’s a lot easier to setup. It also means you can be confident your WiFi is working on the device before you set the static IP address. So I recommend making sure you have the device working on your network first before you proceed any further.

Important – 10 Static IP Address Limit on Verizon G3100

Important For some reason, the Verizon G3100 only supports 10, yes 10, static IP addresses. I’m not sure why it just does. It’s frustrating, it’s definitely a Verizon firmware issue. So for now, I hope you don’t need more than 10 static IP addresses. I am hoping Verizon fix this in new firmware.

Before you Begin

Look at the back of your Verizon G3100 router and note down the admin password to login to the web interface. I’d recommend taking a photo, just to avoid accidentally missing something or making a mistake on a letter and spending a few frustrating minutes not able to log in. Keep in mind you want the Admin password not the WiFi password.

Instructions on how to Set a Static IP Address on the Verizon G3100

  1. Open your browser and go to this website:
  1. Don’t panic if you get a Security Warning, this is because the router is connecting via HTTP not HTTPs. This warning is completely normal. If you’re using Chrome, then in your browser:
    • click Advanced then scroll down and
    • click Proceed to MyFiosGateway (unsafe).

I have capitalized the text so it’s easier to read, but the website address will be in lower case (don’t worry, it’s safe).

  1. You will be at the Verizon G3100 login screen. Type in the Admin password and you will be able to log in.
    • the default username is “admin” (no quotes)
    • the password is whatever you wrote down from Before you Begin.

Tip: If you encounter any problems, check you are using the Admin password (not WiFi) and click Show Password to make sure you didn’t make a typo.

  1. In the browser page that opens, in the bottom right is a box called Advanced and there’s an arrow “>” on the very lower right. Click the arrow.
  2. In the middle of the top row, there is a section labeled Network Settings, click on IPv4 Address Distribution
  3. In the new page that loads, you will see a button labeled Connection List, click it.

Note: The G3100 will now list every device connected to your network. Sometimes the names are not intuitive, you can customize the device name when you set the Static IP address. If you don’t know what device you are looking for, then you should be able to find the current IP address in the software or app for the device. Sorry, I can’t give more help beyond that, as every device has a different way of finding the current IP address or device naming convention.

  1. Find the device you want to have a static IP address for in the list and on the far right-hand side for that device click Edit.
  2. You will be in a browser tab called “DHCP Connection Settings” and if you look down a little bit on the page you will see a checkbox called “Static Lease Type” check the box.

Tip. Don’t customize the IP address. I know it’s tempting to change the IP address so it’s easier to remember, but you risk conflicting with something else on your network. Or having to restart the device you setup. There are really all sorts of headaches you can cause by changing the IP address that is best avoided. If you really want to set a custom static IP address on your G3100, check every IP address first to avoid a conflict.

  1. When you click the Host Name field will now be editable, so type in an easy to remember new Host Name. The emphasis here is new, if you don’t set a new name the Verizon G3100 may give you an error “Name: Name already exists in Fios Home Router’s database.”

Tip: There’s some weird bug in the G3100 that if you set a Static IP address for a device already in the list it will give you an error. The error seems to occur at random. Also, this is a hostname error not an IP address conflict error.

  1. Click Apply

You are all done! You have successfully set a Static IP or Fixed IP Address on the Verizon G3100 Mesh Router.

If you were doing this as part of the setup of a PiHole, you may want to read how my guide on how to change the DNS Gateway Server used by the Verizon G3100.

Hope this helps!

If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! 

A reminder, I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.