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My Android phone was having trouble obtaining an IP address when using my home WiFi. And so once connected I then made the setting Static!
This has made it now connect to my network almost instantly every time, so that's good.
But I have read that I should choose a unique IP address to stop other devices taking my IP address when my phone isn't connected.
So my question is. Can I just add numbers to the last number in the set IP address?
Any advice would help as I'm clueless redface.gif

thanks
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yep pretty much - though it would be better to set it outside the DHCP servers "scope". You'll find a setting in your routers console which will show you the DHCP scope, its usually under the LAN settings somewhere.

lets say for example your router is on 192.168.1.1 , and the DHCP scope setting are 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.200, then you can safely assign a static adress of 192.168.1.201 - all the way up to 192.168.1.254. 0 and 255 cannot be used, then are used in networking for broadcast and multicast (I think) addresses.

Edited to add : BTW, some routers will have their scope set from 2-254, it's safe to change the top number down, or the bottom number up, so you can have a bank of static addresses to play with. basically the scope tells the router what addresses it can dish out, anything outside of that (except the router's IP address) can be used as a static address.
Edited by latelesley - 9/26/16 at 7:33am
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Also make sure nothing is currently assigned the IP your about to allocate, check in your router under currently attached devices to see whats been assigned.
Even then its not going to take more than a simple reboot of router.
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that's why I said to make sure he picked an address outside the scope. If he does that, then the router won't assign that address to anything, it'll only assign addresses within the scope. You do have a valid point though, you need to make sure all connected devices have a unique address. Assigning two devices the same address will cause problems.

Also FYI, not all routers will show devices with static addresses in the "attached devices" part of the web console, some will only show devices assigned an address by DHCP.
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Thanks guys I just added a number on the end!
All the times I've ever seen any of my PC's IP address they've all ended with just 2 digits. So my phone now ends with 3 digits. And it's connecting fine thumb.gif

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