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Can I configure my Netgear router to always assign the same DHCP IP address to a computer with name "xxxxx"

That also means reserving that IP if the computer is not online, and not assigning it to another computer.

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I can on mine, but it will depend upon which netgear router you have! Please supply us with the model number. –  Bryan Feb 21 '10 at 12:07

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It's possible to reserve "static" DHCP addresses based on the network card's MAC address. I don't think I've ever seen reservations based on name.

For example, on the Netgear WNDR3300's home page, you'd go to Advanced -> LAN Setup -> Address Reservation. For the FVS336g, it's under Network -> LAN Setup -> LAN Groups.

If you're trying to assign the same IP to different computers you are not expecting to be on the LAN simultaneously, I suppose you could trick the router by spoofing the MAC's to match. Not recommended.

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With out the router model it is almost impossible to answer you. Netgear recently started releasing very low spec'd routers with many features removed along with their mid-range models. It is most likely not possible but give us the model and we might be able to help.

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Something that you can do on every router is to restrict the range of attribued IP by the DHCP. And so set your computer with a static IP outside of the DHCP range

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