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Windows 7: Assigning static IP address on Linksys E3000 router?

17 Jun 2012   #1
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Assigning static IP address on Linksys E3000 router?

OK, I’m a little weak on networks so here’s my issue….

I have a Linksys router E3000 which works well for my small network which currently consists of two desktops, mine (wired), and the family desktop (wireless).

Anyway it seems the router dynamically assigns an IP address to the family desktop every so often which is a pain when using remote desktop. In short Remote Desktop can’t find the family desktop because the IP address keeps changing.

Incidentally I never had this particular issue with my older Linksys router - WRT54GS V1.1

So how do I set it so that the family desktop’s IP address stays static? I’m sure there’s a simple fix but I seem to be missing the boat.

Thanks.


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17 Jun 2012   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Check your router firmware for any updates...and personally I don't use MS remote desktop. I like teamviewer, much much easier to use.
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17 Jun 2012   #3
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I'll do that but I don't see what this has to do with the router changing an IP address. I'm thinking it's doing what its supposed to do.... unless I tell it not to. What am I looking for to tell it not to???

And for my purposes, remote desktop does what I need. I only use it at home when I'm too lazy to walk to the other room to work on the computer

Anyway I'll check for an update but I'm pretty sure that isn't the issue. I've done router updates before so....
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18 Jun 2012   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
OK, I’m a little weak on networks so here’s my issue….

I have a Linksys router E3000 which works well for my small network which currently consists of two desktops, mine (wired), and the family desktop (wireless).

Anyway it seems the router dynamically assigns an IP address to the family desktop every so often which is a pain when using remote desktop. In short Remote Desktop can’t find the family desktop because the IP address keeps changing.

Incidentally I never had this particular issue with my older Linksys router - WRT54GS V1.1

So how do I set it so that the family desktop’s IP address stays static? I’m sure there’s a simple fix but I seem to be missing the boat.

Thanks.
My router has a setting called DHCP reservation so you can assign an IP to a specific machine but still have DHCP turned on so all the other network machines can still obtain an IP though DHCP rather than having to static assign IP's to everyone on the network. The E3000 should have a similar feature, you should be able to find it by looking around on the routers set up page.

My router seems to give the same machines the same IP's and they don't seem to change for some reason.

You can also just go into the IPv4 properties for the family's desktop connection and change over to Static IP's then fill in the blanks, Default Gateway, Desired IP address, subnet mask and the DNS servers you want to use. The picture below shows where this is.

I don't know what your default gateway is, or the range of IP's your router is using, or which DNS servers you might want to use, or the subnet mask but all that info can be obtained by looking at your routers set up page or the ipconfig all.


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18 Jun 2012   #5
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

So why don't you just use static IP? Disable DHCP on the router and then manually assign every computer in your network an IP. Usually in the 192.168.x.x range.
This is what I do on my home network. I can remote in to the family computers either with RD or teamviewer by IP. Simple.
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18 Jun 2012   #6
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks chev I'll give look around the router again. Problem is I'm not sure what I'm looking for????

And yeah....
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
My router seems to give the same machines the same IP's and they don't seem to change for some reason.
My old router worked that way too, but this newer Linksys seems to behave differently (by default?).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
My router has a setting called DHCP reservation so you can assign an IP to a specific machine but still have DHCP turned on so all the other network machines can still obtain an IP though DHCP rather than having to static assign IP's to everyone on the network. The E3000 should have a similar feature, you should be able to find it by looking around on the routers set up page.
Anyway I'll look around some more. Hmmm.... found this but not sure what to do next

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
So why don't you just use static IP? Disable DHCP on the router and then manually assign every computer in your network an IP. Usually in the 192.168.x.x range.
This is what I do on my home network. I can remote in to the family computers either with RD or teamviewer by IP. Simple.
1 - Never had to do this with my other Linksys routers so why should I have to do it now?

2 - I'd rather not do that; not even sure I could if I wanted to as some ISP's don't allow static addresses (main address).


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18 Jun 2012   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Set a static ip on the desktop computer. ISP has nothing to do with your internal network.
You don't have to change anything in your router either.
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18 Jun 2012   #8
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks Zepher

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ISP has nothing to do with your internal network.
Yeah I figured that much. Doesn't seem that they would.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Set a static ip on the desktop computer.
Hate to be the dumb @ss but remember I said I know nothing of networks? (yet). So what, and where, am I looking to change???

BTW I'm currently working on my Computer Information Sytem degree and somewhere in there I'll be coming across networking, but that class hasn't gotten here yet

Anyway thanks for the help.
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19 Jun 2012   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

See if the video below helps you to set a static IP address for that desktop.
(you might want to watch in the full screen mode and 720p)



In the video, I changed the IP address from a dynamically assigned one of 192.168.0.5 to a statically assigned one of 192.168.0.22, but you can assign the same one that the computer had via DHCP. However, you will run the slight risk that the computer will be turned off long enough for that IP address to be assigned to another computer... so you might want to assign a static IP address that is outside of the range of IP addresses that the DHCP server is assigning to other computers.

For example, if the router is acting as the network's DHCP server and it is assigning IP addresses in the range of 192.168.0.100 thru 192.168.0.150 - then you might want to assign a static IP to the desktop computer of 192.168.0.200. That way, 192.168.0.200 should never be assigned to another computer on your network via the DHCP server (router) and you will not have an IP address conflict.

Most routers will tolerate having a computer connect that has an IP address outside of the DHCP range of addresses... some will not. In those rare cases, the router usually has settings to reserve an IP address for a certain MAC address - even if the IP address is in the range of IP addresses to be doled out via DHCP.

Edit: As Zepher points out below - you can record & keep your DNS IPs
Or hunt for faster ones: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/15890
In my case, OpenDNS works well and filters out some stuff that I don't want coming in.
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19 Jun 2012   #10
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I'll post some screenshots when I get on my machine.
The only thing you'll need to do is write down the DNS numbers before you set your ip to static since you will have to input those numbers manually.
Those numbers should also be available in your routers status page.

I used to use static ips a long time ago but haven't really had the need again till recently when I got a streaming app for my iPad 3 so that I could access my media from anywhere.
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