Setting a static IP shouldn't be a problem, since setting the static IP is done on the computer. So why am I having such a problem?? Let me tell a little about my setup.
I have a DSL connection. My DSL netopia modem uses PPPoe of course, and broadcast a DHCP connection to my WRT54G router. 3 computers are connected to this router. 1 desktop (vista) wired and 2 laptops (XP) wireless/wired. I'm attempting to create a static IP for the desktop and later for the laptops, but each time I do, I lose internet connectn nor am I able to connect to DSL modem at 192.168.1.254
Within the router I have changed the DHCP count to 5, with the starting IP as 192.168.1.1. Linksys help advise to change IP to 192.168.2.1, but I still get the same problem when creating a static ip.
Within desktop (vista Home Premium SP1), I have changed the local area network to the following:
IP - 192.168.1.060
Mac - 255.255.255.0
Once I change the IP to above, from obtain auto, I lose the connection.
Later the laptops IP address will be changed to 192.168.070 and .080
Aren't static Ip address suppost to be outside the DHCP range?
Isn't the gateway address my router?
apoloize for the big questions, but tried to get all information within it.
Before doing this, In Windows go to run and type CMD hit enter. In the command prompt, type ipconfig /all and record your DNS server/servers if more than one. Not getting the proper DNS server information, will prevent you from going to websites like linksys.com by typing linksys.com in the address bar, instead you would have to know the IP of linksys.com to browse the page, not very user friendly and I can barely remember my phone number, let alone IP addresses of all the sites I go.
Log into your router. Leave your WAN settings alone, since that will determine your settings for the connection to the internet. Now configure your Network settings on the router. The 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 for the ip and leave the subnet mask 255.255.255.0 as is. Disable DHCP on the router. DHCP is a service that the router will use to issue out IP addresses automatically. This is the complete opposite of what you are trying to do with a static connection. Once these settings have been changed, you will need to configure the connection on the PC and any other connecting device to the router via wired or wireless since DHCP is now disabled. If not, you will just be stuck all day while the network adapter trys to get a network address and DHCP has a heart attack.
Configure your network adapters. Assign the IP address. If you used 192.168.1.1 then the IP will need to be 192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.254 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 or if you used 192.168.2.1 the IP will need to be 192.168.2.2 through 192.168.2.254 with subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and enter the DNS server information as recorded from earlier. Default gateway will be whatever the IP address of the router you configured. 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 etc etc etc.
Just remember to not duplicate any IP address when configuring other devices and all should work well.
This worked fine for me earlier today when I needed a static connection.
The problem: I have 2 static IPs assigned to my DSL account and have assigned both 1 to the server and the other to the WRT54. However, I cannot connect wirelessly to the router after I set the changes to save, so what am I doing wrong here? The tech @ windstream told me I need to assign a static ip to each laptop, but isn't there a way to connect without resorting to that? I specifically got this router because it supports statics, which I need for the server, but I currently have it off because I need the laptops to connect. Before I go and mux this up, do I set the statics again, one to the server, the otehr to the router, then go into each laptop and configure the wireless cards to communicate witht he static assigned router? If so, what are the fields I need to enter?