Fairly new to networking concepts, have read the thread DHCP Reservation vs Static IP address, and still have a "dumb" question that wasn't asked there:
I have two devices I'd like to "freeze" an IP for. By freeze, I mean either static IP through Windows Networking, DHCP reservation on the router, or both. The first device is my Windows 10 laptop, the second a wifi printer.
I'd like the laptop's IP to be frozen, because part of what I use it for is Kodi streaming using Chromecast. I really don't want to change the IP address on my android's Kodi remote control app every time the DHCP server hands out a new lease. So, static, DHCP, or both?
For the printer, I just want to be rid of the constant dynamic IP re-connection headaches. it I would think just a DHCP reservation should be fine (?). And in any case, I don't believe I can set more than one static IP on the Windows side, right?
Last silly question, do I need to worry about Windows Firewall, opening ports there and what have you?
Appreciate any guidance out there. Would like it even more if you could include the "why" part of whatever answers you may have. Thanks much!