I have followed the latest guide about changing the /etc/dhcpcd.conf file, and successfully set a static ip address, but then I can't reach the pi through ssh or a browser (it's a server). Any body else experience this?

  • Can you please post a link to the guide you followed? I set my static IP address by updating /etc/network/interfaces. Can you ping the static IP address up configured? Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 0:59
  • Why do you have to set a static address on the RPi - why not just tell your router to assign a fixed address to the MAC associated with your RPi?
    – SlySven
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 19:16
  • I can give you the post that took me there. raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/37916/… Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 14:50
  • I'm not knowledgeable enough yet to assign the fixed address, still learning Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 14:51

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As you know, networking configuration in Raspbian Jessie has moved to /etc/dhcpcd.conf .

Try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Restart networking:

sudo ifdown eth0 && sudo ifup eth0

  1. Check if your interface is configured:


Does eth0 have the address you specified?

  1. Did you format the address in /etc/dhcpcd.conf with CIDR subnet mask notation, and does the subnet mask match your local area network (/24 is equivalent to

static ip_address=


  • O.k. I tried number 1 with no luck. Number 2 is a yes (I have to plug in a monitor and keyboard to access the config files. and the address I specified in the dhcpd.conf file was : On a side note,( I am not trying to correct you - I promise) I may have a newer version of jessie, but my file is named /etc/dhcpcd. I don't have anything with the shorter name. :( Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 11:34
  • Hello, it's working. I tried instead of and it worked perfectly. I don't know why, though. Maybe it has to do with them being on different subnets? Anywho, thank you for your help! Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 11:42
  • Apologies, you are correct, my memory failed me. Answer has beed edited.
    – medbot
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 19:13
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    Regarding your fix, it did not work prior because network hosts on different subnets can not reach each other without a router between.
    – medbot
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 19:14
  • o.k. that seems legit Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 14:52

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