Originally Posted by wocasio
To be safest, you probably want to modify the settings in your home router so that that the DCHP range falls outside of the static ip addresses you are assigning. For example you can set the DHCP range to start at 192.168.2.20 and then use all the values from 192.168.2.2 - 192.168.2.19 for static ip's. This is the best way to fully prevent conflicts. Not all routers assign ip's in order from low to high (although probably the majority do so). Even if you don't make these changes in the router, you likely won't have a problem since the router usually will skip a value if it already detects that the ip is being used. The problem is in theory if one of your Dunes is off, then the router decides to assign that ip to another computer, smartphone, etc. and then you turn on the Dune you will have a conflict. Again unlikely if the router assigns ips in order and you use a high enough number, but best to adjust the range to be safe.
As for the DNS, you can set the values to 192.168.2.1 (your router's ip) and what will happen is that the router will directly route DNS requests to the DNS server it received from your ISP. If you want to bypass that, you can directly set the DNS values to whatever public DNS you prefer (Verizon's, or Google, or OpenDNS for example) but it is not necessary.
Thanks a lot for detailed reply. I called belkin support to clarify the questions. and they said they charge $169 per year for any technical support and they don't have free support. I am surprised to hear their response. Your reply cleared couple of things.
I am able to assign static ip address and set dns server and gateway as router ip address. I rebooted and able to browse internet succssfully. After going home, I will look for setting to change DHCP beginning range to 192.168.2.20 so that I can use 1 to 19 as static ip addresses to avoid conflict.
I tested with static ip address 192.168.2.50. I am able to ping from computer. However, when I checked DHCP list from router browser, I see "Dune" as name and "192.168.2.10" as ip addess. I verified shutting down Dune and starting again to see added ip addess in DHCP. I guess it is possible that Dune has been assigned two ip addessed one by me and other by router. I got confused how it can get two ip addresses. It is not problem, but did not understand.
I am able to create network folder and entered the followng
ip address: Other Dune's ip address
folder: The label of hard drive (BD2)
I am able to succssfully see the media on the drive and play it. When I tried to play, Die hard, the picture is fine. However, I can only hear background sound but not dialogs. After changing audio to french, I heard properly. Again changed back to english DTS hd and able to hear properly. I am sure there is intermittent problems. Is anybody facing any problems like this accessing Dune drive remotely? I have Dune upstaris with hard disks connected through hub and other dune at down stairs. For up stairs Dune, ethernet wire is connected; For down staris dune, it is connected by cat 5 phone wiring. Do you see if CAT5 can't handle or hard disk as bottle neck. or Dune is not reliable to stream media. I am planning to buy NAS and hard drives in next few weeks. Do You think, I will be having same problem if I use NAS like Synology?
Not sure on how I can test LAN speed. Appreciate any help.Edited by sukumar - 6/10/13 at 11:51am