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I have a PC connected directly to a wireless router D-LINK WBR-1310, and I use port forwarding to that PC so I can connect to it via SSH remotely.

However, I use the built in DHCP to manage IP addresses as devices are added and removed to the network, and when the computer is restarted it usually gets a different IP.

Is there a way with this router to assign a fixed address to the PC attached via a cable rather than wireslessly? Or to a PC by mac address or other identifier?

Alternatively how do I set up the network without DHCP to manage the IP addresses?

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You can use DHCP for computers you don't access and assign static IP's to each computer you do. Try Start -> Run -> ncpa.cpl -> right-click LAN adapter -> Properties -> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) -> Properties for Windows XP.

Unfortunately (and strangely) this router does not support DHCP assignments by MAC (or any other identifier). Even more odd is that some folks have found you can flash it with particular D-link DI-524 firmware revisions and gain DHCP assignment functionality:

After loading DI-524 firmware into my WBR-1310, I set up the router to my preferences, and it works like this for over 2 weeks, without any problems on any of the machines.

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Actually I'm using linux for the ssh server, but the same thing should work. Interesting that the firmware from a different router works, but sounds a bit too experimental for me :) – justinhj Feb 25 '10 at 21:40

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