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I'm running on a DDWRT'd (Linksys) router. I want to have static IPs on a few of my machines for port forwarding and tracing. I'm wondering if there are any benefits to one method over the other -- manually setting a static IP in the adapter configuration settings, or setting up static DHCP leases inside DDWRT.

Any reasons/benefits for utilizing one way over another?

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One benefit is the option for central management with DHCP. You configure all your reservations in one place instead of logging onto every affected machine and setting a fixed IP there. It is also easier to keep it tidy that way.

Plus, the DHCP server can also give out various other data - most commonly DNS servers and routes for the network. Very convenient to only configure this at a single location. Thanks for the second point: Piskvor

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Plus, the DHCP server can also give out various other data - most commonly DNS servers and routes for the network. Very convenient to only configure this at a single location. –  Piskvor Nov 10 '12 at 12:51
    
Brilliant, good to know. Thanks! –  Coldblackice Nov 11 '12 at 1:52
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