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Maybe read the article again, more slowly. Next thing I need to learn is how to run X servers across the network. Yes I am using Damn Small Linux as an os. Huawei E is also supported — firmware upgrade maybe needed. Jesse , you're welcome back any time! Do I need an internal or an external static IP? Threatening to switch to another ISP; I have found; will get you an instant reduction in any price.

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Just wait until the upgrade is completed. In my case, following is the firmware version. I agree with you.

Thanks for your feedback. You have to call Linksys customer support for that. If you find an answer, share it with me. I have downloaded the latest firmware from the linksys site. Am i missing something very basic? I tried this two different times and was never able to update my firmware. Could I perhaps try this using another browser? Set-up was a breeze… ran super-fast!!! Then, about a half-hour later…Big Trouble!!! The unit began to smell, a burnt smell! Why, Ive no idea. Have several adaptors plugged-in to the unit without any problems.

Returned the E to Cisco…received a replacement…Wham! Same thing happened again??? So, awaiting another E!!! It was easy to follow and helped me upgrade my Linksys so it would be compatible with my new Tivo. Thank you so much for creating this article. I have downloaded the latest firmware from the linksys site ver 8. I clicked on the link for my router and it took me to the general website.

I clicked it and it wanted me to browse MY computer. I just upgraded the firmware for my linksys wrt54g. I went to the linksys website and all necessary information and the download file are provided. A detailed set of instructions are available, and I advise that they be followed carefully. I printed out a copy to make the process easier.

I saved the downloads in the folder to simplify upgrade process. The process worked without difficulty. Linksys has provided a very user friendly and detailed set of instructions. Linksys recommends resetting the router and then restoring the config from the backup but I did not and I wonder if that step is truly necessary, as everything seems to be working fine after the firmware upgrade and the latest version of the firmware is displayed.

Guys, i have WRT54G v 5. The linksys firmware sucks. As far I know, Tomato doesnt support beyond v4. Can u suggest some way out?? When I access web admin, it only throws garbage html corrupted to screen. How can y upgrade firmware if I cannot access the web admin?

DD-WRT is an advanced upgrade option. I let my firmware upgrades go by the wayside but finally made the updates today. I can already see a difference in my internet. Your steps made it super easy to take care of.

I tryed to instal tomato and got impatient and screwed it up. Is there a way to recover my router? Just did the upgrade for my WRT54G v8 router. I thought it all went well, but… After the install I reset the router which is what the linksys instructions told me to do. Does this mean I have to call Linksys to get a log in password again?

The user id and password for the admin page is lost. To recover the password I tried reset. Can you please help me in recovering the password or resetting the router? I have a wrt54g v5. I never updated the firmware, but I did download and store the firmware upgrade from onto my computer. Does anyone know of a copy of this saved at another site that I can download? Charles WRT54G v5 known latest firmware: Yep, the ones at Linksys have started purging the firmware for older routers from their site in They continue to do this for more recent routers that go EOL.

Basically, about anything that is before the E series for routers as of this posting. It probably wouldn't be wise for me to post an address here, but with a smidge of inginuity or some Googling, they are easy enough to locate.

Actually, I believe that opendns. But blank is also fine. Jesse , you're welcome back any time! Though I had an idea about this, but couple of things additionally were useful and have corraborated my understanding. As to your question, for a donation of only one month of Tiscali's static IP fee well, it can't be said I don't try!

Oh yeah, do you need to pay Tiscali who I could tell you a few stories about! Well, for a small donation- oh feck it.. I'm shouting in case the reason YOU shout is that you are also hard of hearing! What you really need, in a nutshell, is a way to "find home", or in your case, "find the club"; somewhere to point your client program the cam viewer application.

Tiscali, and other ISP's, will argue that as their regular DSL connexion changes IP on every connect as explained in my intro, above it is not possible to run such servers from your connexion, and you must "upgrade" to a static IP.

This is not so. Check the notes at the very end of the article - which I pre-emptively added this very morning! Rarely do people need this, and I'm glad you've given me a chance to explain why. Perhaps you simply need to get yourself a dyndns. To make this magic happen, all you need is a membership at dyndns. DUCs, just like Ducks, come in all shapes and sizes, from wee shell scripts that run in the background on a spare Linux box in your home, to cute windows tray icon thingies that flash and animate themselves with all sorts of annoying status messages whenever you reconnect.

But they all have one simple task, namely to inform dyndns. Generally they will do this automatically whenever you login to your ISP. The more automatic, the better. If you are fortunate, your router the Voyager routers can do it or firewall device like IPCop will have built-in DUC capabilities, and as they are the boxes that connect and disconnect you from your ISP, are in a perfect position to know exactly when you have just received a new IP, and immediately inform dyndns.

Ideally a DUC should be a set-once-and-forget affair. At home, you simply enter clubcam. Isn't that the way it works? Though most folk don't need a static external IP see my big post, a couple of posts up, and the notes under the article , and paying for one would be a waste.

But this page isn't about that; it's about setting up a static IP for a machine in your local network, mainly to get peer-to-peer applications working full pelto, BitTorrent, ftp servers and such-like.

It has nothing to do with your external IP. Inside your own network, at this side of the router, you can do whatever you like, even be microsoft. I can't find my IP address and neither can my wireless programs! Would following the instructions on this page fix my problem and allow me to connect to wireless? If you know what an IP is, and how to change it, that's a start. I've not seen that exact error that is the exact error you are getting, right?

Have you consulted your system logs for more specific details? I have very little experience of Wireless networks I basically don't use them, don't trust them but if it were my setup, I wouldn't wait a week if the usual repair operations didn't work, I'd reinstall every network component from the ground-up, especially my wifi card, and work from there.

For tracking down hosts on a local network, check out Angry IP Scanner , a well-handy wee tool. Be linear, logical and thorough, and you can track down any networking issue. I generally recommend folk imagine themselves to be a packet of data travelling through the system, see the route you have to take, and all the steps and hops in the way; makes troubleshooting easier.

Good to see that you didn't assume too much prior knowledge whilst not assuming we are daft. Bravo, top of the class. Finally I think I can setup a camera for remote viewing. Also a couple dry contact switches to remotely controll. Dias Falc - Me and a friend were trying to set one of these up for a P2P online game, and neither of us could do it.

That's the only thing I think that we didn't do, and we were unsuccessful, so I figure that that must be the problem Thanks for your aid. At the moment I am trying to set up an 'static ip' so I can set up 'port forwarding' for bittorrent clients.

In the guide it mentioned something about "Some router's act as a proxy between the actual name servers and your computer.

You will know when this is the case, because the Default Gateway will list the same ip address as the Name Servers entry. We need to have the correct Name Server IP addresses.

So I decided to connect to my router via my browswer which is incidentally ' I got everything now, but how do I put it all together and get a static I. Sorry to bore you with this, if you can whip me an email that'd be great! I've designed it with simplicity to use in mind, so all you need to do is leave the website open on your computer you need to know the IP. Kind regards, Marius http: A minefield of information, been on this sight loads of times and found it very helpfull!

Keep up the good work, cheers! How the hell do the numbers change into letters letters into numbers? When you read about the IP info are you not suspose to understand what it means? Your bounty has been paid err I mean excellent information.

Will be put to good use asap, to play with my home server. I keep the good ones, for later use. If it's a BT router, check the links at the top. Ewen , no, I will not visit portforward dot com!

I'm still recovering from my last visit! Anyways, you are mixing your inside and outside IP's. The router does all the DNS requests for the entire local network, and passes the results back to the local machines. But the router needs to know the address of an actual, real DNS server, to get the information in the first place. However, none of this is relevant to setting up a static IP on your local machine, for p2p, games, or whatever. Start by forgetting everything you read at portforward, and start again at the top of this very page.

Marius , that site looks very like.. If you need to access the server machine from another machine, and the server is on a dynamic IP, I recommend a dyndns. And if you just need to know your external IP, my page is better; especially if you want to incorporate the results into a script. By the way, anyone with access to a web server could host a similar page, here's the Oh-so-complicated source..

It's what keeps the whole internet working. Domain Name Servers translate domain names into addresses, addresses into names. There are thousands of them all over the internet doing this one job day-in-day-out, usually in pairs, in case one breaks down. To find out the IP of someone cracking into your computer, start with your firewall logs, and if they are no help, run something like CurrPorts , and you'll see exactly who is connected, to what, and from where.

It is very unlikely that someone is, unless you have a really duff setup, or Windows As for myspace, I've really no idea how it works, or even what it is, exactly, but I assume you have some sort of login, and you've changed your password since this began, performed basic security measures like that. As to how they are actually "hacking" sigh it, try this useful link.. I set my static internal IP address to Then I created a dynamic DNS site, sax x.

When I connect to x. How can I "subselect" and connect to the static address of my computer using WinSock for example , from any computer not just ones in LAN? If you mean you want to run a server on the machine at Most routers can do this. You didn't say what model of router you have, so all I can suggest is you hunt around its firewall prefs.

If you also want to access the server from inside your LAN using the no-ip. See here and here for more details. Why then do I need one to host my own website? And no one implied that you did. I've set my DHCP range to Saved my router configuration, updated my DUC.

Set up my server program to listen for incoming connections on , and to send back some html code for now. Cannot display web page. Cannot display web page content, find a suitable program? Of course I didn't find anything My server program also did not recieve any connection. Then I connected using WinSock to x.

Firstly, you are not going to be able to test this effectively from inside your LAN. I recommend you use my port probe , which lives on the corz. Then you need to go through the whole route thinking like a packet of data, remember and probe, probe, probe at every step you take.

If you don't SEE changes, then there weren't any. Port-forwarding is usually straightforward enough on most routers, though sometimes not. Read the port-forwarding section in your router's help file, and ensure you aren't missing something. I am concerned about your statement "Saved my router configuration, updated my DUC". Why do you need to update your DUC? I repeat, you should not have to update a DUC, ever. All a DUC does, is tells dyndns. I haven't looked at that page for a year but my dynamic host names are always up-to-date.

While you are setting this up, you might want to turn off the DUC altogether, go to http: Until you get things working, remove ALL complexities, and potentially problematic systems from the picture. Same goes for firewalls between the probe and the server. And if you really are using the Windows built-in firewall, I recommend you don't switch it on again, ever. Disable the service altogether and get a real firewall, if you really must. Our data packet wants a clear path, from client in this case my port probe to server on the local box Remove all complexity, and test again.

Once it's working, you can again enable firewall, DUC, etc, one-by-one, and test probe after each and every step. That way, if something is causing issues, it will be easily discovered. There are LOADS of tools online that can, as part of their operation, attempt to connect to your server from "outside"; use them.

For example, the W3C html validator wee button at the bottom-left of all the pages here , or site-uptime's quick-check, and so on and on. If you need to know what a real outside connexion will look like from the other end , these, and the thousands of other, similar tools, are invaluable. Strangely, most people don't think to use them in this way. For more info about that, follow the links I dropped into my previous post.

G you configure an external IP thats static, and downstairs computers connection has problems? As I said, in the article.. If you were actually wondering how to get a static IP for your whole internet connexion; aka. You will need to talk to your ISP. Just wanted to say, some people DO 'need' a static external IP: It's not enough forwarding ports, you need a static external IP too Other reasons are purely convenience; for games etc Who wouldn't want that?

The solution is there. Not all ISP's offer this service, and those that do will usually charge a premium. Even those that think they do, or have been told they do. I am trying to build a web server that will serve web sites to the net. I have a linux os and xampp server and am at the point where I have just set up a firewall and have given permissions for ports "80 and 21" and all tests say the server is working but I can not figure out how to connect to the server from the internet. Can You perhaps tell me why or what I may be doing wrong?

I would really appreciate it! And Thnx for the tips! I used the tool to get my external IP addr. Thanks I was using the wrong one. So I tried the other one and it is not working either: I am trying to access the server from another laptop that is on a seperate wireless internet connection. Should I be using a static IP address in this case? I don't think so, but don't know what else to try Yes I am using Damn Small Linux as an os.

And you said that it is giving me the local IP addr. I have explored the sever locally to the best of my ability and as far as I can tell everything seems to be okay. I would appreciate it if you could provide further assistance.

I have tried getting help from Apachefriends and DSL to no avail If it's the motorola doing the firewalling, you will need to forward port 80 to the DSL box. This area of the site is filled with information about port forwarding routers, though not specific to your device, it might be worth reading, help you get a handle on what's going on. If the motorola is just a simple modem, and your DSL box is connected directly to the net, you'll need to look at its firewall, and ensure you are allowing connexions in.

It uses iptables iirc , and the config is called "rc. Perhaps that's why you've not had a lot of assistance elsewhere. It might be easier to say you use a "Debian-based distro".

If there's an error of some kind, you should see it immediately. Is there an error? The only thing I can think that would cause this would be a you don't have the permissions for such a change i.

But in at least two of those situations, you should see an error dialog explaining what's happening. I use a simple modem with mine Speedtouch - I had to upload the drivers to the IPCop box via the web interface and that's a good option. It's been a couple of years since I installed IPCop, so I can't remember too much about the process, but it should guide you through setting up the whole thing. Remember to choose the Motorolla as the "Red" interface. The other internal interface will be "Green".

I'm assuming you have at least two network cards on the IPCop box. Another thing to watch for is IP Address conflict - the Motorolla might also want to use You might want to put it onto I don't know the Motorolla, nor what you've tried so far, so that's about as helpful as I can be. A Motorolla-specific forum would probably be the best place to ask, or perhaps the IPCop forum.

That part's a long story. Quick overview of the situation: I also want my computer to be able to use our network file sharing. So the question I have for you is: I am using WAGG wireless router from linksys, however, when I inserted the information into the address bar For your information, I have configured the router using the DDNS service which automatically update my ip address to dyndns.

I have also installed apache service in my computer which I hope to publish HTML pages for my friend's viewing. And i follow the picture Now problem is, my global ip will still changing whenever i turn off the router and on. Sir, i want that my global ip will not change even if turn off it or not.

Coz im hosting a game, i want to have a permanent global ip. How to make this? But you don't say why you think you need one, so I won't suggest possible solutions. As for the rest, anything behind the Cisco router will share its IP, so no, I don't know how you can get "around" it for the other folk in your office.

You will likely only have the static ip when the installation is complete. Tora , most routers don't have "loopback", so if you type your dyndns.

Though, of course, that's not where your server is, so the requests fail. This doesn't mean your Apache server isn't available, however. It's just that you can't yet access it from inside your LAN via your dyndns. You need to do one of two things probably both.. Find a free proxy server, and plug it into your browser - now you can surf "from outside", if you catch my drift. While I'm here, don't forget, there are oodles of HTML Validators, Site link checkers, and so on, that will do exactly this, if you ask them; that is; surf your site from "outside" - always handy if you need to check something for real.

There's more info about running virtual and fake hosts and such on this part of the site. Once you have that, typing myowndydns. Lastly, once you have your Apache setup and secure you will be allowing access to your workstation computer from the internet!

Your router likely has a web interface you can use to setup the port forwarding, which is generally a straightforward procedure. See the notes under the article. So they installed this morning and we're all set with our static IP. What I didn't realize is that just because there are multiple machines behind my router, that we all still have the same external IP, even if it's dynamically assigned by my ISP.

For a while that left my mind, because I have a tendency to unnecessarily complicate things, and I thought each computer gets a dynamically assigned IP even if they're all behind a router When I remembered after I posted the router network gets one external IP, and everyone on it therefore has that same one, things became clear. By the way, as for the CMS It's for a huge international highly-trafficked site, hosted on many Akamai servers.

I didn't look at the other options no-ip. Sometimes you need to ask the question before the answer appears, even if you knew it all along. Long ago, I developed the skill of "thinking like a packet of data", which enables me to troubleshoot all sort of issues about which I have no clue! We're currently in a transitional stage, net-wise, where users; the likes of us; have a need for a static IP, and yet the framework for using domain names for this, is still somewhat lacking.

Pressure from users is the only way that will happen. I had tried some complex guides on other sites but yours was so user friendly that I completely understood everything. I am now running a static ip. I need a static IP at home, for P2P. Does anyone know why I can't give the priority to the static IP?

You could make two simple batch scripts, "home", and "school". Hey gerryod , I hope my advice about folk not needing an external static IP isn't cutting too deeply into your bottom line! I followed your instructions and was able to connect to the internet. I am using Windows XP. However, it seems that every other day my computer resets the IP protocol to "obtain an IP address automatically" and I have to manually input the static IP address along with all the other subnet mask and default gateway addresses.

I can't figure out anyway to get it to stop. Every other day like clockwork it simply resets itself and I have to reconfigure the address. Off the top of my head, I guess it might be.. I don't use AV, sophisticated local firewalls, or anything like that, so I don't have much experience of them, but I do know they can mess with all sorts of settings.

Of course, it's always worth consulting you system logs run eventvwr. If you find out what it is, I'd be keen to know. I am hooked through a router and i am not the host computer. It is set up as follows: HOST-modem-router-myself and 2 other computers The problem i am having and the reason i need the static ip is that it keeps renewing my ip every 3 days we can't change the lease time and when it does renew my ip the ports i have forwarded change to a new computer.

The properties under the internet protocol thing you have show i cannot get to on my computer because when i go to the network connections window there is NOTHING listed as any connections. I am using LAN. And my internet is working.

SO i have a few questions: I know how to set up the static ip address using the admin interface for my router BUT when it comes to MY computer on the network since i cannot see any network connections what-so-ever i cannot assign my own ip address as you have shown. What do i do? How do i get the Network connections to show what i am connected to so that i can change ONLY my computer to use the static ip address i am trying to assign since i cannot see my connections to change it?

And by setting the ip adress to the static one using the internet protocol whenever i figure out how to do that that does mean the lease expiration for my dchp server will go away so i stay linked to that ip indefinately? But from what little I do know; static IP, or not, isn't really a factor. I'm not stupid, really, but after three readings, I have only a vague idea of your issue. In your diagram, it comes before the modem, which implies that it is at the other side of your internet connexion phone line , but NOTHING under your control is at the other side of your internet connexion; that is in the realm of your ISP.

So now I will have to assume that you can't possibly mean that, and instead, you must be referring to some sort of server running inside your Local Area Network aka. A web server, perhaps? Or some P2P application? And if not , and you really do only want a static IP for your own computer for some unknown to me reason; what has this HOST computer, whatever it is, got to do with anything?

Why even mention it? Then you say your DHCP lease changes every three days, and you have no control over this. If you are referring to your external, internet IP, then yes, unless you have paid for a static IP, you have no control over this.

However, I suspect; as you then speak about port-forwarding, that you are, in fact, referring to some internal IP e. To give good help, I need good details, any details! Feeling charitable, I will soldier on, but please, read this some time. Understand, firstly, that your "Network Connections" window again, I have to assume you are using the Windows operating system, because, again, you didn't say has NOTHING to do with what you are connected to. Network Interface Cards, aka.

Each NIC on your system can be configured to connect to a particular network by simply a physically connecting the network card to the desired network e. In Windows XP, which I will assume you are using; because you didn't say; the hard work is mostly done automatically, you simply need to enter IP Address, subnet and DNS details, and you're done. That's what this page is all about.

If you Network Connections windows is totally empty, then there is a physical problem with your network card, i. If you use Firewire or something to connect to the network again, you didn't say , then check the cable is correctly inserted. What gave you this idea? And once they have then, they keep them for ever. I'm one of the few who need a static external IP - in my case, because our IT guys won't give me access to the web development server from outside our departmental network unless I have one.

You've made it much easier to understand. Tech dudes of the world need to catch up! Anyways, I'm glad I could help! Static IP's aren't required for any of this. But like I say, they can make life easier, especially if you setup fake local host names, and especially if those names match the Samba Windows Networking "Name" of the computer. The only time you really need a static ip on a local machine, is when it's running a server that needs to be accessed from outside your LAN.

And secondly, afaik, having a static IP will in no way affect your Skype service, one way or another. I don't think that's your problem. Bob Manure HobblePoop Herman - What are you talking about?

Jim B - Thanks for the excellent work. Anyways, the internet providers here block skype most VOIP access I always understood the concepts, but now I am trying to creat a static IPs for my work's server network so that we can have greater access and communication between hosts and clients. Maybe because im ten. Please help me I wanna play with my mate We installed a wireless router, and I can connect to the network but not the internet.

I tried to follow your instructions for the Mac, but since mine is a wireless router, I guess that's why it's different. Because even though your accessing a wireless connection, for a Dynamic connection, it automatically assigned to ur laptop an ip address range to ur router.

I assume that you know how to configure the settings of your router. Hope it helps, Grace. You are the only one of the many instructions I have read that got it right. If your router is I kept trying to set it up as Thanks so much for your thorough explanation. To bad microsft can't do as well.

I read this post through and there it was, the part where you explain that the external ip and internal local ip are two separate things. I subscribe to 8 ip address block through my isp, and they have given me the range to use, and explained that the reason for 8 being available and only 5 usable is that the modem router takes the first two, and the last one.

It goes on to say that I can specify one of the remaining as the port the VPN uses. I take it that this done during setup of the VPN router? Anyway, your posts were of great help and I'll try and set things up tomorrow morning. If any one would like to know how I get on and the hardware used, just say. An IPCop box would be ideal right here. Or you can connect all your computers directly to the broadband device assuming it has the physical capability for multiple connexions , and assign different external IP addresses to each computer.

It all depends on how secure your broadband device and individual computers are, and what hardware you have available, though either setup would work. Microsoft has gone a long way to make things easy, and today's networking is mostly plug-and-play, and so long as you understand the basics of what a network is , what an IP is, and how they relate to each other, you can probably connect any device to any other device with no more than Cat-5 and common sense. I agree, it could get simpler yet, but still, it's no longer rocket science.

Your shell scripts can be activated in a number of ways; at startup, shutdown, on a repeating schedule cron , and so on. You already have all the tools you need.

Would this setup compromise security in any way? But that's just me, and I know that many people do exactly that, every day.

I also know that a great many of these machines regularly crash, fall over, get infected, become unwitting participants in bot-nets, and worse. Hardening Windows is a task that few people undertake, at least thoroughly. There are better alternatives.. My advice would be to put everything behind the D-Link, and secure that it probably has lots of Cat-5 sockets and such, anyway.

Also, if you don't actually need them, you could maybe get rid of them, perhaps get a cheaper plan from your ISP. If your boxes were BSD or something, it would be a different story, even without firewalls. Windows can certainly be made fairly secure, but whatever you do, it's still not going to be close to the level of security afforded by a dedicated gateway, and intelligent network segmentation.

The D-Link probably has a decent firewall you could enable; do that, and you have a secure gateway device. It may have wireless, too - you didn't mention the model - as well as other useful services; DHCP, time server, caching name server, NAT, and so on. As I love to say; true security is in the mind; and a solid gateway goes a long way towards creating this state of mind; knowing that their are at least two distinct and separate networks, with our data "in-side", and everything else, "out-side".

Security-wise, the more hops between you an the WAN, the better. With a secure gateway, you can connect any old device to your LAN with no concern for its individual security status remember; if a secure device shares files and logins with an insecure device, it too becomes an insecure device. Also the LAN will likely be considerably easier to setup, and join. Both ways are doable; it all depends on what you need.

I still get a laugh, thinking about a mate of mine who spent a shit-load of money, not to mention many hours setting up a "totally secure" NAS, which turned out, after a fairly crazy party, to also be totally portable!

I'd probably keep the extra IPs, and put interesting servers on them, just for fun. For example, in an effort to reduce noise and power consumption in my workshop, I've scrapped my big Linux rig, and put the whole shebang onto my ever-reliable, though quite ancient Toshiba Pentium Mhz laptop. It just sits there under the the desk, quietly being my local web dev server, amongst other things.

A spare external IP would be handy for testing all sort of things. It's definitely a great way to find out if a particular system's firewall works! And for free; all you need is a tempting honey-pot! But for actual workstations, behind a gateway is usually best. I have the pc's connected to the Cat-5 sockets on this. Would this setup allow me to connect remotely and securely with the QNAP server?

I do appreciate your help on this and maybe it's helping others also? My Mac is the host machine. I have a printer installed in XP, and I want to get my Mac to use that printer. I use the local IP of the XP machine to do that. But it always changes. Is it possible to get my Mac using a dynamic local ip address and my XP a static one, so that I can always connect to it without any problems to do any printing jobs?

Hope to hear from you soon. Less than 24 hours ago I didn't even know what an IP address was, except that sometimes some programs ask me for it, and then I click X, never to return. I've managed to set up an internal static IP address hopefully; my computer is working still , but now I'm wondering if I still need an external IP address. I need to be able to network with police department's computer, as if my computer was on-site there. I'm told I need a static IP to get past their firewall.

Do I need an internal or an external static IP? At any rate, the answer will most probably sadly be "It's IP or nuffin, Di!

As I explain to barney.. Despite the above paragraph's seeming authority; I know almost nothing about VPN. I do know that where virtual networking is concerned, in the sliding scale from security to convenience, a dynamic IP is often one of the first things to go.

A computer's raw IP is pretty hard to convincingly spoof over the net. To me, it seems a perfectly legitimate reason to utilize a static IP address in a domestic situation. Not being able to cut and run on the latest hot torrents, host Britney albums over eMule, or riot your mad h4x0r skills over the net-by-night, is the price you pay for being so employed. Though for most all other uses, it definitely should be brain-dead simple to swap out an IP for a domain name. Games especially could do better in this respect, I'm told - there's no security issue there, and there's the rub..

Over the internet, Domain Names are easier to spoof, because somewhere along the line, some computer has to translate an IP to a name, and bang goes another layer of security; unless you trust the name servers of course, or control them. But you just threw in the VPN thing to throw me though, didn't you? I've mentioned previously my ignorance in that field.

So the real question is how do you want to connect? To share files with the device? Control some service or internet-connected server? Some things will be true of nearly all these scenarios. Firstly, you need to open a clear pathway from the client you, out there somewhere to the "server", aka "Host Service", or whatever we call it, running on the NAS device.

You have control of all data packets from whatever device is closest to the phone line or however you connect your LAN to the net , and on that device you must have some port opened, and the firewall instructed to pass connexions on that port, to the NAS.

There are variations on this theme, of course. As it's Linux, the possibilities for the kinds of connexion which can be established once this basic state has been achieved, are practically limitless, but at least 65, What you got running? How secure that connexion is, depends firstly on the handshake between the two machines; ranging from complex exchanges of mutually known, highly encrypted keys and passwords, down to a simple "come right in, baby!

Again, there is an almost endless range of cryptographic goodies designed to keep private private, and public out. There are Books 2 on the subject. What is useful to remember, learning in networking, is that many of its paradigms are shared with the real world; the idea of a handshake, of challenge and response, of sharing keys, and secret passwords are familiar to us all, and behave the very same way transposed into their digital gestalt.

Packets do travel very like packets always have; some risk is involved. Special packets are well wrapped, personal delivery, man-to-man Royal Mail security, and on the very same train, postcards. Personally, I value convenience over security in most things. Once you get real names on your network, you won't go back to raw IP's. Which brings me neatly to Darran.. Though from the get-go, I'm confused, "My Mac is the host machine". Or is this something to do with Samba networking?

Then, "I have a printer installed in XP". So, the XP machine is the Host, now! Anyways, I'll skip past all that and get to what looks like the kernel of your issue.. Firstly, it sounds like you have no need for either machine to have a dynamic IP.

If not, then give them both a static IP instructions for both platforms, above and end the randomness! As you're running that BSD-ish box, why not go all the way and setup a local name server, use the Mac to keep everything in sync, name-wise. Simply enable BIND, and maybe read the name page, in a terminal.. How do I know if it worked?

Is there a way to test it? So the simplest and best way to test this, is to see if it's running properly! If it was BitTorrent, or similar, then it should be pretty obvious if it is working or not. If it's some server you find difficult to test, use my port probe. Assuming your gateway probably a router is forwarding the ports correctly, you'll get success!!! If you have other machines on your network, you can try to ping the machine from one of them using the correct IP for your static machine, of course..

Click the "Details" button for even more info. If you are handy in the console, check out netstat ;o or. Like with the upstairs computer and downstairs computer running? The IP of the computer upstairs? What about the computer downstairs?

And which IP are you looking to make static? At any rate, whatever the conditions, the answer will always be "Yes". You simply have to configure everything correctly. In an ideal world, you connect everything directly to the router.

I'm trying to set up a VoIP PBX Epygi Quadro 2X with a remote extension that I can use when I'm travelling to connect a soft phone on my laptop through a wireless broadband connection so that I can make and receive calls to my office number on my laptop from anywhere. Despite reading copious amounts on this it seems I'm as far away from achieving the objective as I ever was. My ISP has provided me with two static addresses, one of which I would like to use for this purpose.

My current configuration is in the PDF at http: So my questions are: At some stage I plan to use the second static IP address provided by my ISP to connect a server directly to the net so I can access the files it contains when I'm travelling. Depending on the answers to the questions above, perhaps I don't need to use a static IP address. Surely the Belkin has a configuration to set this, maybe even a wizard.

I see you grouped multiple questions into the single numbers - on first glance, it looks like you have only three questions. I have no knowledge of the device, so I Google, and see that it does. Why not put it first in line?

Physically connect it directly to the WAN? The Belkin is redundant in this scenario. If none of this pans out; hiring someone local might be more cost-effective for everyone I'm assuming also you run a business, with that gear than all this reading and writing. As well as near-infinitely-well supported. Though I'm told I'm rather good at speaking on them, and have turned down numerous jobs doing exactly that.

If I use a static isp can I get a dns code that works? Of course after Uverse was installed, they told me I couldn't have a static IP.

Anybody have a workaround they could suggest. One of the two has a static IP required for program I need to run. I still need a static IP to run the original program. I have no idea what I'm doing. The line for the static IP is now going through a repeater rather than the PC.

I am trying to set up an ethernet converter without the disk- which says I have to set a static IP. I did it and had to undo it. I lose internet connection. What about the default gateway and alternate DNS boxes? I don't know if I should check those too and fill in the numbers you had in your example- or something else. I tried it based on the windows example. I am running xp. Oh- and I am connected to a wireless router wired and desktop for my main computer in the home.

Once I updated to a new router it now shows 2 connections to the internet- the router and the LAN. I know I can do this By the way- thanks for the great explanations- you write in an easy to read manner. Public Animal - I do not have access to the admin panel for it so I can't just keep inputting the new IP every day. My problem is, I have set up my internet connection to use a static IP. Please, can someone help me out??

I'm getting very frustrated, especially because my friend set up this station for me as a gift. But I do need help now. Our company creates websites and video presentations. If I create a website, I always purchase hosting services for the client. We do not do that inhouse. My client wants to keep their existing site as is meaning with their current ISP and etc but they are interested in having a separate server set up for their video archive which is all the video programs we create for them.

How do I go about that, is it just a matter of uploading video files to a dedicated server with a hosting provider and providing the correct url's to their web programmer so that when people click on a button it accesses the requested video? Perhaps your router has the ability to limit this for your XBox. And anyway, this page is about internal static IPs. Bosco , switch ISPs. Hotline , if you mean internal static IP's, sure, create as many as you want.

Then, if you have a question, frame it, and ask it! Asking for a static IP in the handshake is pointless; if you want that, you need to pay them for it. So get a dynadns. Ravi , simply connect everything to a network switch. KAP , yes, it's that simple. Very clear and easy to understand.

CS guy - I plan to run a Counter strike server on my PC.. Trouble is that when I create one,it doesnt appear on the Master server list which keeps track of active servers. I think the problem is that the static IP assigned to my PC is The people trying to connect manually cant seem to connect to it as its behind the ISP router.

Can u plz suggest an alternative?? The IP of your PC Anything at your side of the telephone line, is yours, and everything at the other side, is theirs. Your biggest problem is going to be a lack of port-forwarding.

Unless you can forward the packets directly to and from the server, it isn't going to show up on any server list, or work very well. Very nice article, congrats! I'm using a mac osx and i did everything it says in the article, the problem is that when i click apply in the network preferences, it says connected, but the internet isn't working The computer further upstream, the one that controls the network route to your computer, must be configured to allow static IP addressing.

It's not uncommon for a gateway to allow both dynamic and static IP addresses within its subnet, but the static IPs might be limited to a range between, say, You will need to check with the system admins to discover if static IP addressing is allowed and in what range; or else test lots of addresses and see if any of them stick. By the way, use netstat or the network adapter's status window to discover what your actual IP is at any given time.

I'm sure you will have noted what your machine's IP was when it was being assigned dynamically via DHCP , so if it was The chances of getting the college techs to set this up for you are pretty slim, and probably against the college rules, but perhaps not. You could always ask. Say you only need one port , or whatever , and perhaps offer a bribe of some sort, free beers maybe. And one for me while you're at it!

Bogdan , if the internet's not working, how did you manage to post here? It sounds like you are creating an IP in the wrong subnet, or something like that. Check out the troubleshooting section, and the links at the top - though this area was originally created for the viking routers, lots of the info is generally useful.

You want me to fly over and fix this for you? How to test if it's changed? Check out my post, here. Also I told you in my previous post. As for the DNS ip what does dat mean ; the local recommended DNS server doesn't have to be the same server as your gateway. Each network is different, and colleges generally have set guidelines, usually a page somewhere, about what to put into each field for their particular network. As I said, a static IP, even a local static IP is only possible if the gateway machine allows such a thing.

Even if it does, it now sounds like you have not one but two gateways to punch a hole through, if you wish to run a game server. Only they can make this possible. Even if I did fly over, unless your network is crazy insecure by default, I'd still have to talk to your network admins to make it happen. So go do that yourself. I haven't actually tried it yet, but will definitely refer to your article once the need to change the setting arises.

Please keep it up. Hi, I realy need help cause my problem is kind of special. I am living in china and need a static IP. As I need to remotly connect to a system outside china which needs a static IP that can not be changed , i desperatly need one. I tried to access some service dyndns. Any idea what I can do??????? Well, I didn't know it! I did know about "The Great Firewall of China", however. You may need a translator to complete the sign-up. My spies in China tell me that service works.

Or I may have just Googled. I need a static external IP to access a database service and getting one from my ISP is not pssible, changing the ISP is also not possible as they have a contract with the compound where I live. After having read a lot about dyndns service, I don't think that would help me as i could be reached via a static IP, but when I want to log on to an external database i will still have my ip changed, right?

They own the entire block. It provides a static domain NAME. If it's the latter, then you are screwed. Do you know what, I must of read through countless sites in the past week trying to get my wireless connection up and running and only after reading through your helpful notes on setting the manual IP settings does the little bugger decide the work.

You've made one tired and ragged little man very happy!!! Thanks so much and if anyone else is doing what they're told and reading this It's as simple as that!