If you ever were interested in a networking project - you know how messy your local network can be. With a lot of devices connected to the same router, dynamic DHCP settings - it can be a real challenge to figure out what is what.
Not any more!
Here is how to organise your network in 3 simple steps:
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Step 1: Assign IP Ranges
You can be creative with this!
Log in to your router and look for DHCP reservation settings. To add a device - some routers will require the device to be offline.
- Desktop 192.168.0. (1-9)
- Laptop 192.168.0. (10-19)
- Mobile 192.168.0. (20-29)
- Tablet 192.168.0. (30-39) etc..
Last range will represent slots available to be taken, if you are planning on having more than 10 people on the network you may want to be little more creative:)
Step 2: Assign Personal ID
Let’s say you have 3 people living in one household, each of them has few devices:
- Person A ID: 01
- Person B ID: 02
- Person C ID: 03
If you have more people you probably know what to do. If number of people on the network is greater than 10 - swap this step with the previous one!
Step 3: Use the Simple Formula of Creating Unique IP
For each device made an reservation based on formula:
192.168.0.(device type)+(personal ID)
So a laptop that belongs to person B will have:
192.168.0.(10-19)+(2) = 192.168.0.12
Step 4: And If You Have More Than One Laptop and You Are Trying to Be a Smartpants
Assign personal IDs to accommodate for multiple devices and list them in accordance to how important they are (to you):
Person B: IDs 02,03
Person C: IDs 04
192.168.0.(10-19)+(2) = 192.168.0.12important laptop
192.168.0.(10-19)+(3) = 192.168.0.13 less important one