You can leave the DHCP client enabled even if you're not using it; that would save one step.
My R51 Thinkpad came with an IBM-supplied network management app which does that, and the after-market Orinoco WiFi card in my old TP600E came with a similar utility; are you sure you don't already have one?
Windows XP Network Properties, TCP/IP - "Alternate configuration".
it can't find DHCP, it uses this page.
There are other tools, but this one is built in to winXP.
If you need multiple configurations (beyond DHCP and a fallback) you might add the Boingo.com handler. It doesn't require a Boingo subscription to work, but adds more properties to multiple WiFi connections.
Yeah, but it only works for one system with a static IP.
For more than one, I use:
At one time, I had something like 50 saved setting for each of my customers. It's not just the IP address that needs to changed every time I change location. There's the SMTP server for email, the various network printers, alternative protocols (NETBEUI, Novell), VPN's, and static routes to remote offices. Every time I pickup a new customer, I add a new configuration for their network.
One catch. The license is for $20/year. It continues to work after the year expires, but no updates. I'm running on a 5 year old version without problems or surprises.
email@example.com (Mr User) wrote in news:xSdrh.84648$ firstname.lastname@example.org:
Not at the router, but in your PC. You can always leave the DHCP server running in the router, and you can have the DHCP client (Windows service) running on your PC even if you're not using it at the moment.
Again, I'm talking about software on your PC. I'm assuming that you're talking about a Windows XP laptop.
With the IBM/Lenovo "Access Connections" application, I can have mutiple profiles which describe the network configuration, including static or dynamic addressing, WEP, WPA or no encryption, etc. I simply select the config that matches my current situation and it's all taken care of.
The utility that came with my Orinoco WiFi card that I use in my older laptop has similar capabilities.
I just assumed that other vendors supplied similar utilities.
That's the point I can either have DHCP running or static addressing on the router NOT both. All the PC's on the wired LAN have static IP's.
Dold wrote: Windows XP Network Properties, TCP/IP - "Alternate configuration".
This works perfectly for my XP Laptop (WiFi). It'll first roam giving me the option to connect to WiFi Hotspots then acquire the alternate config i.e. static IP that I defined. Works great!
Yes, Windows XP Laptop with Netgear MA401 Card and MA314 Router (802.11b). I RMA's both items twice before they actually worked. No additional software was provided. It was tough enough getting drivers/firmware to worked with XP in the first place.
They may do now but that router is ~4 years old :( Hence new one on the way :)
There are other competing products. IpSwitcher is one of them:
price. I tried it years ago but ran into some long forgotten obscure problem that couldn't be resolved. I've been happy with Netswitcher for a long time and have found no reason to try others. I do recall that there was a free program that did roughly the same thing, but have been unable to recall or find the name.