How to Set DHCP Reservations?: Have you looked at your computer’s IP address every time there’s a necessity, can be very tiresome. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you never had to check your IP again? Presenting to you, how to set DHCP reservations on your router so that the IP address does not change ever. If you set DHCP reservations, every computer of the house will have same IP address all the time.
How to set DHCP Reservations?
There might be some incidents when you compulsorily have to know the IP addresses of your computers. Most people use DHCP. By using DHCP, whenever you reboot your computer, your IP address re-assigns. This is the reason why you have to check your IP address so many times.
To remove this hassle, a thing called DHCP reservations came into action. By using DHCP reservations, you can Reserve specific IP addresses to each computer on your network. Every computer will obviously have different IP addresses but at least each one of them will be specific. This means that even after reboot, the IP will not reassign itself. This way they will always have the same IP and you need not check it again and again.
Steps to set DHCP Reservations.
1. Go to the configuration tool of your router. Type the IP address of your router in the address bar of any browser. Normally, the IP address of a router happens to be 192.168.0.1.
2. After the web page is opened, you will need to log in using your username and password. If you haven’t changed them, both the username and password are most likely to be “admin”.
3. After logging in, you will reach the configuration home page of your router’s console. You will need to find the DHCP reservation setting in the sub-menus. The DHCP reservation can also be called “DHCP Static Lease” or something similar to that. By my personal experience, chances are more for it to stay in the “Gateway” category.
4. Look for the computer which you want to reserve an IP address for. After you have found it, find its MAC address too.
*For finding the MAC address on Windows, type IP config into a Windows command prompt.
*For finding the MAC address on MacOS, first go to system preferences. After the system preferences window is open, click on “Network”.
* Click on your Wi-Fi card or Ethernet port. Then click on the “advanced” option. In the advanced option, you will find “Ethernet Tab”. Go to it and find your MAC address.
The MAC Address is always in this form- 00:00:00:00:00:00. A Wi-Fi card and ethernet port will never have the same MAC address. Moreover, two different MAC addresses cannot be assigned to a single IP. So, pick the one you use primarily.
5. In the DHCP reservation setting, type the MAC address of the computer. This would act as the identity of the computer. After that, enter the IP you want to assign to that computer. Click on “Ok” or “Apply” to save the settings.
6. Do this to every other computer on your network to never have issues with changing IP address.
That’s how you set DHCP reservations to never allow your computer’s IP address to change.