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Plug and play (use PCs with "wrong" static IP on the network)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by laxxe, May 16, 2007.

  1. laxxe

    laxxe Network Guru Member

    I'm told, that some hotspots works fine, even when the visitor has setup a static IP in their network settings, and this IP/netmask is "wrong" (for the current hotspot). The hotspot does some tricky routing, so everyone (with all setups, different static IPs/netmasks) can use the network.

    How is this done? I'm setting up a network, that will be used by many people (and many of these don't have any clue of how to change the settings on their PCs) - so I wan't everything to work - out of the box - also if their configuration is "wrong".

    I hope you understand what I mean.
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    From a purely routing standpoint that is not possible. You can have an incorrect subnet mask say a /28 on a /24 network and it will still work but it needs to be within the same ip range.

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