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    Static IP (XP Pro)

    I was told that I have to use a static IP address to network my two home computers together. Could someone tell me where this number is entered. I have the number but have no idea where it goes.
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    Lennymay

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    Re: Static IP (XP Pro)

    This should get you started: click on Start - Network Connections. Then right-click on the Local Area Connection, select Properties, and you will be presented with the list of network protocols. Double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). At this point, you will have the blanks to fill in for the IP address. Click OK to get out of the dialogs, and you're all set.
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    Re: Static IP (XP Pro)

    Hang on a sec, Mark. Lennymay, what IS this IP address you say you have - is it from your broadband ISP for your internet connection? If so, I don't think that's the IP address you would want to use for an individual computer on a local network. Most of the time, to network two or more computers using a hub or router, using DHCP is the "easiest" way to setup each computer, using one of the internal-only IP structures. What are you going to do (or have already done) to connect to the internet?

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    Re: Static IP (XP Pro)

    I am connected to the internet with a dial up. Then I log on to my internet dish with a LAC connection. My tech guy said we could both use the service at the same time if we use the 2 static IP numbers that he gave us. He said not to use the network wizard as this would not work. Where do I put the IP number. I tried the above idea and my LAC icon turned red and I had no connection to the dish. Have you ever heard of this type of connection?
    The tech guy that we have is not very consumer friendly.

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    Re: Static IP (XP Pro)

    THe problem here is that he's given you the IP addresses and not told you specifically what to do with them. Attached below is a screenshot of the IP configuration (I've entered some bogus numbers to give you an idea of what it looks like fully configured).

    You must select the Use the following IP address button to enable the settings once you double-click on the protocol I mentioned in my previous post. You need to know:
    <UL><LI>Which IP address to assign as the IP Address, which is to your computer what your mailing address is to the post office.
    <LI>The Gateway is usually your sattelite/DSL/cable modem's IP address on the service provider's network - think of this as a ZIP code as the US postal service uses it. This number is significant because without it, your computer can't find the local "post office" and send and receive data (mail) to your IP address.
    <LI>The Subnet Mask is usually 255.255.255.0, unless you're told otherwise. For the time being, accept what Windows puts there as the default.[/list]Below these three spaces you will see the DNS configuration - two more spots IP addresses. The DNS section tells your computer where to find another computer on the network that translates a name like http://www.wopr.com into an IP address (WOPR.com is 63.151.114.115 - entering http://63.151.114.115 will get you to the same location). These are assigned automatically in most cases, if you're to use specific DNS entries, you should be provided them.

    Since your tech support person doesn't seem to relate to someone who doesn't do this kind of thing on a regular basis, I'd print this out and ask him to tell you what each and every one of those entries should be - you have five possible places to enter an IP address, and they all mean something different to your computer and its connection to the Internet.

    You are dialing up to the Internet....this to me means that you are being assigned your IP address every time you connect. There is almost no way that you could be doing it otherwise; dial-up connections are reassigned to computers that connect and you won't get the same IP address twice. Make the service provider help you with this since they have suggested it, or at the very least explain what it is that they want you to do with the numbers you've been provided, using the screenshot as your guide. Chances are that if you can get that bit of information, the Lounge can help you with the rest.

    Good luck - and let us know what happens.
    -Mark

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