There is a comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.networking newsgroup that would've
been a more appropriate group to post in. But anyway, you'll know better
Yeah, it's something called by the oxymoronic name of Static DHCP
("/Static Dynamic/ Host Configuration Protocol"). Basically it's a way
to have a specific client or clients get assigned the same IP address
everytime. It's taking the Dynamic in DHCP and making it less dynamic.
However, there is no reason to even use DHCP if all you want is static
IPs. So you can just as easily hard code the IP address info into its
> This should allow my 8 video clients to ALWAYS see their video server at
> 192.168.1.150 regardless of whether the router had to be re-booted or the
> video server had to be rebooted.
> Is there any reason why I can't do this? I am specifically concerned that
> the Linksys will only route to those addresses it has dynamically assigned
> via DHCP, and will not route to those above that range.
> Is this a legitimate concern?
No, not a legitimate concern at all. The routing functions of the router
are a totally separate feature from its DHCP services. As long as you
know the router address and the DNS address (usually the same as the
router address for home routers), then you can ignore the DHCP services.
You can just hard code the video server to 192.168.1.150, and its
default gateway will be 192.168.1.1 (usually the case if the network
address is in the 192.168.1.x range), and also its DNS server will be
192.168.1.1. With these three IP addresses, you can totally receive all
of the same services from the router as any other client configured
We're very spoiled by DHCP, it's a form of auto-configuration that in
the end isn't all that complicated to emulate by manual configuration.