Here is the scenario. I have a Hamshack computer connected to an ASUS 1gb N66 Router...I have a wireless Ethernet adapter (also ASUS N66 type) about 20ft away on a shelf over the garage.....I have a Flex 6300 radio also over the garage and connected to that wireless Ethernet adapter. Sometimes when I get messing around I get a dropped connection and thus cannot remotely reconnect over the router LAN because the address apparently changes.
My Router DHCP list shows MAC addresses for all clients connected to the Router.. I found the one for the Wireless Ethernet adapter that the 6300 is connected to... is this the one I assign the static address to? or is it my PC or maybe both? I was thinking of using an IP address 192.168.1.63 for the 6300... is this OK? Any help or explanation is welcome
Also, make sure there is no more than one DHCP server running in your home network.
I personally have assigned FIXED IP addresses for my 6700 and all my hard wired LAN Connected computers and peripherals. I set my DHCP range to start at xxx.xxx.xxx.101 and everything below xxx.xxx.xxx.101 is used for fixed IP's
Why do I like fixed IP's ... It makes life much simpler... I operate remote much of the time... knowing where something is on my LAN just makes it much easier to troubleshoot than trying to guess which device has an issue. Plus like in your case, when you drop a connection it is much easier to get it going again...
I use DHCP for the mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads that occasionally connect into my LAN...
Assignment is quite easy... As George says, Find the MAC address and set the static address in the router. Static IP conflicts with your DHCP IP's are rare and can easily be eliminated by removing the fixed IP range from the DHCP assignment table.
If you are losing connections, it is possibly some of those very annoying "Green" features that seem to have crept into modern routers which try to save power by shutting down router ports and functionality. While the Green feature might be relevant in a Server Farm..It makes minimal difference in a 1 router system to save a couple of watts... Read your manual and shut off all the Green Features...
OK..... Thanks guys for the confirmation. Under my Router LAN tab and then the DHCP SERVER Tab the only listing I show is now the Ethernet Adapter connection on the radio so I guess that's a good thing. I do have 4 router clients running beside the Wireless Ethernet Adapter (Radio). So we shall see how it goes. The only trouble I am chasing now is why the DAX channel sometimes starts "motorboating" on me.
I guess I could go into my router and make a reservation between the Mac address and my desired IP but I'm used to doing this in the device itself. Am I missing something?
I have many a small device from serial IP servers, to small network monitors etc that all come from the factory in DHCP mode. Once connected to there is a web page usually where you can reconfigure the device. On this page you can usually toggle it from DHCP mode to static and enter the address. Once done you usually apply the results and restart the device and there it will remain.
I'm still looking but my comcast business gateway does not seem to have a place to make a reservation from mac to IP and it seems that one other fellow in this thread mentioned issues operating remote where a phone call needed to be made to modify the DHCP server to allow the radio in.
It seems to me this is a limitation of the scheme right now. If I consider the possible modes of operation:
1) Home where you have some router you control that can give out DHCP. This seems generally ok. In my case my router gave the radio an IP and the software was able to find it.
2) Alternate location - If you have control great, if not then you have to ask for help. May not be a huge issue but puts one more step in the process potentially.
3) Portable - I see two possibilities here: Either you bring a small port with a DHCP server inside of it, or you have to install one in Windows. As mentioned above Windows DHCP servers don't always work well. This is where I see the static IP being very helpful. Get yourself a crossover cable, assuming you've set your laptop and radio on the same subnet with different IPs it would just work. No router required.
I personally would vote for a future update that provided a webpage on the radio for the sole purpose of connecting, setting IP mode and values. This would work on all of the signature series.
You do NOT need a crossover cable to directly connect a laptop to a 6000 series radio. If you are not using a router, you can directly connect the radio to the laptop and it will obtain a non routable local IP on the same subnet as your laptop.
Obviously not as sexy as a Static IP but it works..