Whenever I run a program to check machines & IP addresses on my network, I notice that my tablet IP address keeps changing. I went into my router settings and assigned a specific IP address to each Mac address. The IP address still changed. Finally I noticed that every time the tablet reboots, it gets a new Mac address.
Why does this happen?
Should this be able to happen?
I thought Mac addresses were permanent?
I only have five devices on the network, and wanted them to go from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.6 instead of jumping all around like the tablet getting 192.168.1.16 sometimes, then192.168.1.28 another time, or any number in between.
This is a Chinese tablet, called Dragon Touch. It's inexpensive but it's good, except for the Mac address problem.
There doesn't seem to be a way to specify a permanent Mac address in the settings.
Could having the Mac address keep changing be good for security?
Curious & frustrating