Is it possible for the router to assign the IP?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by kman79, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. kman79

    kman79 LI Guru Member

    Hello everyone, I would just like to say I'm a total noob when it comes to routers. I can handle seting it up and networking all my computers and that's about it.

    My question is this, can the router be the one to assign IPs to the computers that is using it? The way I have it right now is that I would assign IPs to every computer by going to the properties and assigning it via Internet Protocol. This is fine and works great, but I have two notebooks/laptops that i use at home, school and work. By doing it the way mentioned above, of course I won't be able to use my wireless connection on my notebook anywhere else unless I go into the wireless properties and change the settings again. It's more of an annoyance than a real problem, but could I set it up to where my router is the one to assign IPs so that I wouldn't have to mess with the wireless properties on my notebooks when I use wireless at school and at work? The router and system info is as follows:

    - Router: Linksys WRT54GX2
    - Operating System: Windows XP SP2

    Any help on this guys is greatly appreciated, thanks.
  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    You can go into the router admin page and enable DHCP.
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    DHCP server on the router should be enabled by default so your notebook's TCP can be set to automatic and obtain network configuration from the former.

    If you need a tool to help you *mess* with network configuration of your connection each time you move your notebook, such as IP and DNS servers addresses, there is a tool call NetSetMan that can save and retrieve the settings for you. It's free for non-commercial purpose, i.e., you can't use it at work :wink:
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