billaustinthey call me Mr. BillPremium,MVM
North Las Vegas, NV
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Re: Best practice for fixed IPs
Using DHCP is much easier to manage. If you ever need to change DNS, or the whole IP range, you do it in the router and the devices pick it up automatically. Otherwise, you have to go around and configure each device manually whenever there is a change.
Static IP's are best for devices where the IP should never change. Things like Servers, Routers, Access Points, NAS boxes, and Network Printers. For anything else that you want to keep the same IP, just use the reservation option in the router (this works good for networked all-in-one units). Unless you're doing port forwarding (VOIP, Torrents, etc.) or remote access, it doesn't really matter if the IP address assigned to the device changes.
I had one place, a few weeks ago, where the guy that originally setup the PC's used DHCP for the IP with hard-coded DNS entries. They changed providers and updated the router settings, but no one could get on-line. I had to go around and reconfigure every PC for full DHCP. They were down for most of the day until I could get out there and see what was wrong.