Quote: Originally Posted by Duke of Alinor
On my Windows 7 trials I have taken to static IP's. I fire up all the computers in the network and tell the router to give out the same IP to a given computer every time.
5 local home theaters and all are stable with a mix of XP, Vista, Macs.
One or two visitors work well enough, but for a LAN party the Win 7 user can be a problem. The XP users will game while the Win 7 user is setting up his static IP - or it may just allow him to join the new workgroup. I have no real clue why the static/dynamic IP matters.
Somewhere along the way Win 7 seems to have a DHCP problem with other OS's logging on and off.
I actually run all the perminent (wired) machines on my lan with static IPs right in the TCPIP setup of each computer... No DHCP required. I also have a number of people who log on with laptops when they're over and I've set up DHCP reservations for them in the router (like you did) so they all get the same IP every time.
And I still had problems... Networking would work one day, not the next... I was getting incomplete file downloads and transfers between machines. The networking on the Windows 7 machines would suddenly just quit working for no discernable reason at all.
I have no idea why... and I don't have the time or resources to squander trying to figure it out... It's Microsoft's problem to solve --not mine-- if they want people to be happy with their product.