WRT54GS keeps changing my PSUS4 print server IP address

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by zincter, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    I am using a dynamic ip and a Cisco 677 to connect to the internet. From the Cisco 677 I am connected to a WRT54GS to manage my home network. I have the WRT54GS set up as gateway and automatic DHCP. Internet connectivity and file sharing is no problem with any of the 3 hard wired and 2 wireless pc's. Here's my problem, I have a PSUS4 print server connected to the WRT54GS that works fine when I set it up, but periodically, the WRT54GS reassigns the IP that is for the print server, and then no one can print unless I reconfigure all pc's. Is there a way to keep the dynamically assigned IP for the print server so this doesn't happen?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Not with stock Linksys firmware. With third party firmware you can asign a static IP Address on your router by MAC address. On your PSUS4 can you assign a static IP Address on th same subnet as the DHCP server on your WRT54GS, but outside the range that the DHCP server is issuing addresses.
  3. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    Thanks, I'll try the latter solution. It makes sense to me. How will giving the print server a static IP affect the 4 port switch? Will I still be able to plug additional pcs' or network devices (thinking about a slingbox) into it?
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    zincter -

    As long as the static IP address is:

    1. Inside your subnet, and
    2. Outside the DHCP assignment range of your DHCP server

    you won't have any problems. It's just a device on the LAN with a fixed IP address. It won't affect any other devices, as long as you don't try to assign one of them the same IP address. The other ports on your switch will work just fine. Remember that the 4 LAN ports on your router are ALREADY a switch. You're just daisy-chaining another switch on there - nothing special.
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