so I edited /etc/network/interfaces like so:
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The primary network interface
#iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet static
When I tried it it seemed to work when I shut down and restarted the interface. Problem is when my machine starts up I have to go over, log in as root and I do ifdown eth0, ifup eth0 to get it to work. It won't set up correctly upon startup. This isn't good as I prefer to ssh into the machine as I'm not always home.