As home networks were first becoming a thing, it seemed that some of my devices would have IP address conflicts. I don’t know why. Maybe DHCP wasn’t running properly. At any rate, I got into the habit of assigning IP addresses instead of handing them out automatically. Now, it’s several years later and I don’t do it anymore, particularly not for mobile devices since I never know whose or how many are going to be on my network.
Still, something is nagging at me about my non-mobile devices. I have a Blu-Ray, a Wii, a satellite receiver and a smart tv all on my network. Does it make any sense to assign static IP’s to them or should I just leave well enough alone? If I did, I would put them higher up in the address range than the router typically gives out, usually somewhere in the 100-200 range for the last octet.