Assigning static IPs to clients

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by swiego, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    I have a WRVS4400N that I am trying to VPN into using quickvpn. I've gotten the connection part working (finally!) and can even access and map/connect to windows file and print shares of various PCs by referencing the IP address, e.g. \\\sharename.

    Currently my router is connected to my ISP via DHCP and it also acts as a DHCP server and randomly assigns IP addresses to the computers inside my network, both wired (LAN?) and wifi (WLAN?) clients. Since apparently I cannot reference these computers by their computer name (e.g. \\kitchenpc\sharename doesn't work) due to something that I gather is related to something called netbios, I want to give certain PCs a specific IP address and just modify our remote-connecting laptops' host files to hardcode the machine name to a particular IP address. I'm hoping that by doing this, I'll be able to get things to behave (from a user perspective) the same through VPN as they do when I'm inside my network at a PC.

    I was wondering if anyone knows how to do this, how do I forcibly assign IP addresses to certain clients while having them pull the DNS and other info from the router? Is this possible?

    OR... given the situation above and what I'm trying to accomplish, is there some other way I should be proceeding? I've gathered that there are some other options involving something called WINS and maybe some other solutions but I'm not too familiar with them. I don't have any Windows server running... just a bunch of XP Pro PCs in a single workgroup that are sharing folders and printers amongst each other.
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Quickvpn does not work with netbios. In order to do that, you'd need a server in your environment running WINS :(

  3. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    Do you know how I can forcibly assign certain IP addresses to certain machines in my network? Based on what I gathered earlier, if I can do that so that I'm assured certain machines won't have their IP addresses changing all the time, then I can use LMHOSTS to "hardcode" the machine names on our laptops so that when we're remote with the laptops, things continue to behave the same.
  4. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    The DHCP service on the router supports what's called "Reservations"..static IPs. You plug in the MAC of a specific PC...the IP address you want it to always get. Each time the PC boots up and asks for an IP from the DHCP service..the DHCP service will see the MAC..and give it that specific IP address.
  5. SoonerAl

    SoonerAl LI Guru Member

    This page will help with that task...

    Just make sure the assigned IP addresses are not in the same address range the routers DHCP server assigns to other clients on your network.
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