Changing my IP address

jmcmahan

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My G1 slacker has the same IP address as my router. This has created problems with the the G1 refreshing properly. From what I've read on the slacker website I need to change my IP address for my netgear router. Does anyone have any experience doing that? I've gone to netgear's website but, I've had no luck finding any information on doing that. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

xan_user

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Any way you can you use wifi instead? then its not a problem.

Basically to change the router, type in 192.168.0.1 into the we browser bar and then enter the default username and password for your router, then change the routers ip address to 192.168.0.(2-255)
 
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DAB

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Any way you can you use wifi instead? then its not a problem.

Basically to change the router, type in 192.168.0.1 into the we browser bar and then enter the default username and password for your router, then change the routers ip address to 192.168.0.(2-255)

Actually some have reported problems just changing the last stanza of numbers. I would change the 3rd one. 192.168.3.1. Just remember this because once you do it and save it, you'll have to type that in to gain access to your router. This will solve the problem!
 

Tristan

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This seems a bit odd to me. Why would the WiFi device use the same address as the router? You would think that a device would get assigned an IP address via DHCP. Does the device not allow DHCP and how does it decide on what IP address to use? This seems like a bad design on the devices side.

Like most routers are configured to be DHCP servers as well so when devices connect to a network they will typically send out a DHCP Discovery message. It seems like you should be able to go and enable this function or hardcode a static IP address to this particular device.

I typically setup my home networks with a limited DHCP range so I can use the higher addresses for things I would like to have a Static IP. Webserver, Printer, Desktop.

Seems rather pointless to me to have the change your router setup for one device. But I don't know anything about that device but if just randomly selects an IP address when joining a WiFi instead of using DHCP or being able to hardcode it yourself seems like a failure on the devices end.
 

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Wow taking a look at the Slacker Manual the device appears to default to 192.168.0.1 which is rather lame and doesn't appear to be a menu to change it or to let it use DHCP.

That is a very sad device indeed.
 

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Wow taking a look at the Slacker Manual the device appears to default to 192.168.0.1 which is rather lame and doesn't appear to be a menu to change it or to let it use DHCP.

That is a very sad device indeed.

That is correct and so if you want to use Wifi to download your content you must change your router.

I personally think it is ignorant that these companies including those building routers would use the default 192.168.0.1. I know a couple of years ago that Linksys/Cisco changed their default because of this conflict with Windows. The problem here isn't the device, the problem is MS default ICS which is 192.168.0.1 and it can't be changed. Slacker used MS internet connection sharing and this is what creates the problem.

Changing a routers default IP is simple as pie though and shouldn't pose a problem for even those that aren't very savvy.
 

xan_user

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I thought slacker over wifi used dhcp and only used 192.168.0.1 when using M$ ICS via USB?
Maybe they wanted to try and save a few sheckles and not mess with a usb to ip chip or stack?(or what ever the heck it is that would be needed to avoid ICS..)
 

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I thought slacker over wifi used dhcp and only used 192.168.0.1 when using M$ ICS via USB?
Maybe they wanted to try and save a few sheckles and not mess with a usb to ip chip or stack?(or what ever the heck it is that would be needed to avoid ICS..)

Seems logical unfortunately the Slacker forum was polluted with those that couldn't connect via USB or Wifi and support suggested this fix of changing the router. This seems to work in both cases. I have no insight into their reasons or the particulars of their chipset protocols. It certainly was not thought out very well for sure!
 

jmcmahan

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Thanks for the instructions. I haven't made the change yet but, I did access the routers diagnostic site. Will this have an impact on my other devices connecting to the router?
 

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Thanks for the instructions. I haven't made the change yet but, I did access the routers diagnostic site. Will this have an impact on my other devices connecting to the router?

No this should not impact anything else, just don't change any other settings. You just want to change your routers IP address. You will of course have to login again with those other devices because the IP scheme will be different. So, shut them down and restart them and you should be in good shape.