This chapter describes howto configure the network of various clients to work with the FREESCO router.
These TCP/IP network settings can either be set manually or via DHCP (see next section). If none of these terms are familiar to you, I suggest you read the TCP/IP primer.
Static IP and DHCP are two very different ways of obtaining an IP address for your computer:
The main benefit of dynamic over static on workstations is that it makes management much easier. If you need to make network changes, you can make them in one spot (DHCP) rather than having to make the changes on each workstation. As far as performance there is probably no difference.
The choice for dynamic vs static also depends on the number of clients in your network. If you only have a few, then you can consider using static IP configuration.
BTW: It is possible to configure the DHCP server in FREESCO to give out the same IP address to a client based on the client's MAC address. Using this feature can also be used to only allow “known” clients to your FREESCO router, although it is rather simple to 'fake' a MAC address.
Someone care to write this chapter