I have a Linksys WRT54G wi-fi router which until recently I have been using with its default DHCP settings. Over the weekend, I discovered that two of my projects (setting up a PC running Ubuntu as a backup server using Samba and setting up remote desktop access from Windows XP to Ubuntu) require* that I switch over to fixed IP addresses. However, I want to continue using DHCP on my laptop, assuming that otherwise I will not be able to easily access public wi-fi locations when away from home.
My router’s DHCP server configuration lets me specify at which address to begin DHCP service, so it seems to me that all I have to do is assign the other devices static addresses, then make the next address the DHCP starting point. That is, if my router is going to be 10.0.0.1 and I have 5 other devices that need static addresses, that uses up 10.0.0.2 through 10.0.0.6, and I can tell my router to start using 10.0.0.7 for DHCP.
Is it really that simple?
- I recognize that technically “require” may be too strong a word, but suffice it to say that my beginner level of expertise with Linux obliges me to consider this a requirement.