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Title: Setting up DHCP Reservation on a Linksys wireless-N router

Article ID: 22764


DHCP Reservation is an advanced feature on the Linksys wireless-N router.  It is especially useful when you are setting up a computer as well as wired or wireless network devices such as printers, network storage, gaming device, or server computers that you want to have access using a specific IP Address.  This will save you the hassle of setting up a static IP Address to each network device.

To set DHCP Reservation, you should perform two (2) steps:

i.    Identify the MAC Address of the device
ii.   Set up DHCP Reservation

Identify the MAC Address of the device

DHCP requires the MAC Address of the device you would like to reserve the IP Address for.  There are two (2) ways to obtain the MAC Address:

Check the device or software utility
Check the web-based setup page of your router

•    Check the device or software utility
You can identify the MAC Address by checking the device itself or its software utility or accompanying documentation.  Once you have obtained the MAC Address, you can manually add it to the DHCP Reservation table.  To learn how, click here.

Apple iPod touch®:

 

Sony Xperia:

 

•    Check the web-based setup page of your router
Connect your device by plugging it to the router using an Ethernet cable or by connecting it wirelessly to the network.

Step 1:
Access the Advanced Settings of your Linksys Connect software.  To know how to do this, click here.

NOTE:  Alternatively, you may also access the router’s web-based setup page directly.  For instructions, click here.

Step 2:
Once in the web-based setup page, make sure the DHCP Server under the Network Setup section is set to Enabled, then click the DHCP Reservation button.

 

Step 3:
The DHCP Reservation page will appear.  You can check the MAC Address corresponding to the IP Address of the device on the first table.

NOTE:  The first DHCP table displays all the wired and wireless devices, known as Clients, which are recognized by the router with their corresponding mode of connectivity (LAN/Wireless), along with the IP and MAC Address of each device.

 

QUICK TIP:  Client Name sometimes appears as product model numbers or codes.  Refer to your device documentation for more information.

Set up DHCP Reservation

Once you have obtained the MAC Address of your device, you will now be able to set up DHCP Reservation.

Select device from the DHCP table
Manually add the Client device

•    Select device from the DHCP table

Step 1:
On the first table of the DHCP Reservation page, check the box underneath Select corresponding to the device or multiple devices you want to reserve an IP Address to and click Add Clients.

 

NOTE:  In this example, Your-NewPC1 is used.

Step 2:
Check the Clients Already Reserved table to verify if the device is on the list.  Once done, click Save Settings.

QUICK TIP:  You may personalize the device name and assign a specific IP Address for each Client on the table.

 

NOTE:  If you do not see the added device on the list, click Refresh.

•    Manually add the Client device
If you don’t have the device connected to the network but you have already obtained its MAC Address, you can manually add it on the DHCP Reservation table.

Step 1:
On the DHCP Reservation page, enter the following details:

      o   Name of the device under Client Name
      o   IP Address you want to assign to the device under Assign an IP Address.
      o   MAC Address that you have obtained from the device documentation or its software utility.

           IMPORTANT:  Make sure to enter the correct MAC Address of the device.  Otherwise, the DHCP Reservation will not work.

 

Step 2:
Click the Add button.

 

Step 3:
Check the Clients Already Reserved table to verify if the device is on the list.  Once done, click Save Settings.

 

You should have successfully set up DHCP Reservation for a device on your Linksys wireless-N router now.

QUICK TIP:  Repeat the process if you want to add multiple devices.

 

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