Manually assigning IP Information for a Cisco Catalyst 2960 (or other Cisco Switch)

Step 1 – Enter global configuration mode:

configure terminal

Step 2 – Enter interface configuration mode, and enter the VLAN to which the IP information is assigned. The range is 1 to 4094.

interface vlan <vlan-id>

Step 3 – Enter the IP address and subnet mask.

ip address <ip-address> <subnet-mask>

Step 4 – Return to global configuration mode.


Step 5 – Enter the IP address of the next-hop router interface that is directly connected to the switch where a default gateway is being configured. The default gateway receives IP packets with unresolved destination IP addresses from the switch.

ip default-gateway <ip-address>

Once the default gateway is configured, the switch has connectivity to the remote networks with which a host needs to communicate.

Note: When your switch is configured to route with IP, it does not need to have a default gateway set.

Step 6 – Return to privileged EXEC mode.


Step 7 – Verify the configured IP address.

show interfaces vlan <vlan-id>

Step 8 – Verify the configured default gateway.

show ip redirects

Step 9 – (Optional) Save your work in the configuration file.

copy running-config startup-config – OR – copy ru st – OR – wr mem

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