Hi everyone; problem is as follows.
I am getting fairly frequent IP conflicts between my devices; where they are assigned the same IP and lock iup the network.
This usually happens after the power flickers off or some other unexpected shutdown/reboot of the modem, router or desktops.
When the router and desktops reboot after a power outage, I assume they are trying to obtain their IP addresses. But the laptop and VOIP phones don't shutdown during these surges. So when everything comes back online, there is often a shared IP address conflict.
i have to disconnect at least two devices, the VOIP phones, since I cannot manually release and renew their IPs. Then restart the modem and router to assign fresh IP's to the computers and after all is completed I can reconnect the phones to obtain their IPs.
One concern I had was that I cannot get two of the computers to indicate that DHCP is enabled.
I have accessed the TCP/IP protocol properties in the LAN connection and selected "Obtain IP Address Dynamically," as well as DNS server.
But no matter what, it remains as "DHCP Enabled: NO"
3 computers and 2 voip telephones are accessing the net via a Linksys WRT54G.
The WRT54G is set to DHCP and is assigning IP's to the devices as .101, .102, .103, etc.
2 of the computers are desktops and connected via NICs and cables to the router. [Both XP Pro]
1 computer is a wireless laptop connection. [XP Home]
Any ideas are greatly appreciated.