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I have been running a home network for a couple of years with a Linksys Wireless-G Router WRT54G V2, S/N CDF50D617663 and a Linksys Remote Repeater Unit, all with no problems. My internet connection is DSL with a Static IP from Mindspring. I have lost all manuals and installation programs. I will be switching over to a dynamic IP and possibly a new DSL providor. I need to know how to reconfigure my Router.

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  • johnpalcher Sep 08, 2009

    I am familiar with how to access the router. What, if any, settings must be changed to switch over from Static to Dynamic IP?

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Your router will have an ip address, to find it go to the command prompt (in xp click start, then run, type cmd in the box and clickok) and typye ipconfig then hit return, the default gateway address listed will be the ip address of the router, type that into the address bar of your browser to access the router and the pages that control the router. ------------- Use Internet Explorer, it usually works.
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Use a computer that is wired to the router.
In the non-working computer, temporarily turn off your software firewall.

If you are using Zone Alarm, right click on the ZA icon in the system tray (lower right corner of screen) and then click "Shutdown ZoneAlarm", and see if this fixes your problem. If this does not work, try the following with Zone Alarm: Open the ZAISS control center, go to Privacy, then temporarily turn off Ad Blocking and Cookie Control, and see if that fixes your problem.

If you are using Noton Internet Security with the Add-on Pack, be sure to turn off the Pop-up Blocker. Some users have reported that they needed to uninstall the entire Norton Add-on Pack.

If you cannot get anything at 192.168.1.1 then perhaps this is not your router's address. Go to "Start" > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
A black DOS box will appear. Type in "ipconfig" (with no quotes), then hit the Enter key. Look at the "Default Gateway". Is it 192.168.1.1 ? Point your browser to the "Default Gateway", then login to your router.

If the above fails, disconnect your modem from the router, and try again. If this corrects your problem, then most likely you have a "modem-router" rather than an ordinary modem. Check to see if your "modem-router" is using the same 192.168.1.x address space as your Linksys router. If it is, then report back with this problem, and also state the make and model of your modem-router.

If all of the above fails, power down your entire system, unplug it from the wall, wait one minute, then power up and try again.

If all of the above tips fail, you need to reset the router to factory defaults. Power down the router and disconnect all wires from it. Wait one minute. Power up the router, allow it to fully boot (1-2 minutes), then press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds, then release the button and allow the router to reset and reboot ( 2-3 minutes). Power down router. Wait one minute. Connect one computer, by wire, to a LAN port on the router. Boot up system. You should now be able to view the router's setup pages.
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  • charlymonty Sep 08, 2009

    You can do this two ways. Either assign yourself a static IP in the TCP/IP properties of your network adapter or if you router supports DHCP reservations you can enter your host name or mac address (depending on the router) and the router will assign you the same IP every time.

    With most residential internet connections, the internet IP address is dynamic, and therefore changed by the ISP (Internet Service Provider) at various times as they see necessary. Running a server from home on a dynamic IP means that you need to announce to everyone when your IP address changes because they will no longer see your server if it changed. It can be frustrating at times because you have to monitor this constantly to watch for IP address changes. In many cases, at least here in the U.S., to get a static IP address, you will have to pay more for the service.

    When you install a router with a dynamic internet IP address, you just connect the router and it will get the IP address from your ISP automatically, populating the WAN (wide area network) settings on your router. The ISP will assign an IP for your equipment (your internet or WAN IP) and it will also assign a gateway address, subnet mask, and at least two DNS addresses (all look like IP addresses 000.000.000.000).

    If you had a static IP address with your ISP, you would have to enter all of the settings on the router before connecting the router to the internet. Typically, it is all done for you automatically.... dynamically. Ask your ISP for information on obtaining a static IP.

    Is it necessary to have a Static IP Address (WAN) to run a game server? No, not at all. All you would need to do is monitor the IP, and when it does finally change, you just need to tell others of the new address. A static IP is really nice to have, but not required.

    This shows your current IP address.


    On your internal network (between the router and your computers, or LAN / Local Area Network), the process works very much the same as on the internet or WAN. By default, most routers are set to run with DHCP when you turn them on. The IP addresses are assigned automatically by the router on each computer or item of equipment attached to the router (dynamic IP). For most people on home networks, this is wonderful because you do not need to worry about any of the settings, or even care what an IP address is.

    However, when you are running a machine such as a game server, DHCP can cause headaches because IP addresses change. Since you need to open ports on a router for it to communicate properly with the internet, and the settings are loaded by the machine IP address, each time the IP changes, you need to remember to go back in and fix the port settings. This can happen each time any equipment is reset or powered off and on, and it can be really frustrating.

    To get around this, a server should have a "Static" IP address, an address that doesn't change even after you power down and power up again. You can set this in your local network easily. You can disable DHCP on the router, but I would not recommend this since it would mean that you must setup the network connections on all machines manually. You can leave DHCP enabled, and just set a static IP address on specific machines like a server, and DHCP would continue to function with other machines.

    To set a static IP address on a PC, you will need to go in and change network connections. The following guide will describe how to do this on Windows XP Professional, but other versions of windows and operating systems should be similar.


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