Wanted the ip to be static so gave this forum accepted answer a go (with my own gateway settings);
Afterwards the ip was static, and remained to be, however it then wouldnt connect to the internet. I could connect via a local ssh but not to google etc which gave me a DNS server error.
I thought this was a router setting and so I set the ip address to be static through the router via the mac address, and the problem still persisted. Once I deleted the file changes, but kept the router settings, it then worked with outside connections, and provided a method for a static ip (although not preferable).
Anyone had similar experiences or is this actually a router/internet setting I have missed?