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So why doesn't Linksys have Static DHCP in their firmwares?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chuck_IV, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Network Guru Member

    I dunno if they do have any routers with Static DHCP/Address Reservation in them, but the 2 that I've had didn't(BEFSR41v1 and now the WRT54GSv3).

    It seems as tho quite a few people seem to want this feature and end up using 3rd party firmware just for this feature. Other routers like DLink and Negear have it, so I wonder why Linksys doesn't.

    I always loved it on my Netgear RP614 because I needed to open certain ports for only certain machines and knowing what ip they would always have, WITHOUT having to fuss with each machine's network settings, was great and kept things simple.

    The 3rd party software is great and adds some much needed features, but I often wonder why some of those features never make it into the stock firmware, since they could be good selling points and plus there are many who never want to fuss with/take the risk of using 3rd party firmware.

    Just kind of thinking out loud here. :clap:
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    the only possible answer is money. they would have to pay Cybertan, the firmware developers, more money for this feature.
  3. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    As well, there are very few occasions where static DHCP is required that cannot be solved by simply using static IP addresses.

    In the worst case, you are forcing the user to make a few mouse clicks when they move their computer from one network connection to another. And fussing with settings in the router isn't much different than fussing with settings in the computer.

    Other changes, like WET, WDS and client modes start cutting into their other products. Besides, most people that buy a router only need the simple functionality. Put in too much, and the setup starts getting intimidating and customers move to more "user friendly" products.
  4. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Want to see all of those features be user friendly? Give HyperWRT a shot. That's what I'm using and it isn't one bit confusing to get DHCP statics or WET mode or WDS. . . No problem.

    Linksys doesn't put it in because they sell more expensive products to do this job.

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