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Neil Cameron
2005-06-11, 02:36
I have Broadband going in soon and will try and switch to DHCP.
If I do, how do I log on to the Slimserver Web interface from another PC -
how do you specify the server address?

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Neil

gorstk
2005-06-11, 03:32
Neil Cameron wrote:
> I have Broadband going in soon and will try and switch to DHCP.
> If I do, how do I log on to the Slimserver Web interface from another PC -
> how do you specify the server address?

Most broadband routers have an option to remember what IP address it
gave to all the computers that have ever connected to the router, and
only give out that IP address to that computer.

Therefore the IP address of the slimserver computer should remain
'static'. Just look for the option in your router setup - mine was set
to this as default.

HTH

Neil Cameron
2005-06-11, 06:20
Thanks.

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Neil


"John Gorst" <john_gorst (AT) hotmail (DOT) com> wrote in
message news:d8eebe$pu0$1 (AT) sea (DOT) gmane.org...
> Neil Cameron wrote:
>> I have Broadband going in soon and will try and switch to DHCP.
>> If I do, how do I log on to the Slimserver Web interface from another
>> PC - how do you specify the server address?
>
> Most broadband routers have an option to remember what IP address it gave
> to all the computers that have ever connected to the router, and only give
> out that IP address to that computer.
>
> Therefore the IP address of the slimserver computer should remain
> 'static'. Just look for the option in your router setup - mine was set to
> this as default.
>
> HTH

JJZolx
2005-06-11, 09:59
I have Broadband going in soon and will try and switch to DHCP.
If I do, how do I log on to the SlimServer Web interface from another PC -
how do you specify the server address?

From the server itself you can use either

http://localhost:9000

or

http://127.0.0.1:9000

From another PC, use whatever IP address the server has been assigned (either by DHCP or manually). For example:

http://192.168.1.7:9000

There are essentially two ways to assign an IP addresses via DHCP - dynamically or statically (reserved). Dynamic means that the server gives out one in a set of IP addresses to whatever device requests one. There's no guarantee that a device will have the same IP address every time. In practice, though, an address can stay the same for months. Static addresses are what you generally want to use for devices that always should have the same IP address - things like servers, printers, routers. In DHCP this is done by identifying the MAC address of the device and then reserving a specific IP address to give that device when it requests one. The reserved addresses must be excluded from the dynamic address pool or addressing conflicts can arise. I've seen a number of SOHO routers that can perform simple DHCP server duties, but can't do IP address reservations. For really small networks, though, manually entering static addresses on the devices is often easier than using DHCP reservations.

Now, with all that said about DHCP, you should try using the server's name in the URL. It's much easier than remembering or entering an IP address. The only trick might be to get the name to resolve correctly to its respective address. In a Windows only network you shouldn't have a problem. In a mixed network you might have to use a HOSTS file. For instance, if the server's name were "GROUCHO" you'd use:

http://groucho:9000

Another trick (assuming you're not running another web server on the same machine) is to change the TCP port of the SlimServer web interface to the standard HTTP port 80. Then you don't have to enter the port number.

http://groucho

The "http://" part may also be optional, depending on the browser. If so, getting to your SlimServer could be as easy as entering

groucho