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Hi,
My housem8 has assigned himself a static IP outside of the dhcp range and before confronting him about it wanted to know what n why....

Does this give him any sneaky bandwidth priority or anything?
Cheers in advance.
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Ummm AFAIK, no. It does allow him to torrent better....maybe for better connections to peers....(xbox360, torrents, limewire, things of those natures)
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Hi,
My housem8 has assigned himself a static IP outside of the dhcp range and before confronting him about it wanted to know what n why....

Does this give him any sneaky bandwidth priority or anything?
Cheers in advance.
It makes it easier to forward ports through the router, dhcp will change your ip occaisionally so if that happens you have to remap all the ports to the new IP. He may also be assigning more bandwidth to that ip, might want to check your router settings.
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If you want to port forward, you HAVE to set static IPs. If all the DHCP leases expire at once and the addresses get shuffled, then your port forward entry needs to be configured, not fun. Same thing for accessing LAN resource. I have a server serving up 3 hard drives right now, and I want to it's IP to stay the same so I can access it with say \\\\192.168.0.156 and not it's NetBIOS name, because netbios sometimes takes AGES to resolve.

For other services that don't take netbios like DNS (the same server is also a DNS cache), you have to get the correct IP, and if that IP changes then you're messed.

Personally, I just like having complete control over my LAN, I usually have a diagram with IP addresses above my monitor for quick reference, and all the IPs in my house are static DHCP. I think it just simplifies management.
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But sometimes its just generally easier, I don't want to go looking for the IP that was assigned to my old PC that is now Linux whenever I wan't to SSH it. And now, its easier to use static for our household because we turned UPnP on our router off so we have to forward ports our self.
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I'm a big fan of static addresses because you A) have more control of your network, and B) never have to worry about colliding addresses. It works great to get my xbox to go green for live, for my torrents to not be deflected by nat, and for my pc games to talk to the servers faster. All of this is done through port forwarding, which requires static ip's.
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Ah thx everybody for the replies , i understand it a bit more now

Although i did know about the pros in not having your IP change which is why I set my DHCP IP Adress to reserved on the router. So I suppose reserving an IP on the router is the same as setting a static on the actual user pc. I suppose its just the fact that he doesnt appear in the DHCP client list because he set it out of the DHCP range that I dont like. Not to worry too much though as I am router admin and only my CSS and bitcomet gets forwarded

Thanks again every 1, + repz
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