Setup Advice for Static IP setup

I have a GL-iNet AXT1800. I am using it in a live sound LAN with about 10 devices connected. I want to make this network as solid as possible and avoid disconnections during a show. All devices are WIRED and not connected via WIFI.

Should I set up all devices with static IP addresses on the router and then reserve those addresses on the router for the best results? Do I turn off DHCP after that? Any other suggestions to prevent the devices from randomly disconnecting? There will be 4 laptops, 4 iPads, and 2 mixers all with static IPs on this LAN.


You’ve already accomplished your goal by using wires and not Wi-Fi.

No need for setting static IP’s on the devices or reserving IP addresses on the router. I believe you do need to keep DHCP enabled. Also, it’s my understanding that you either do the static IP’s or reserve the IP’s but not both. To be clear, setting static IP’s is done on the device and not the the router. The router method just reserves the IP’s for the device. Reserving IP addresses on the router can serve many purposes but making a network “solid” to avoid disconnections is not one of them.

Edit: @wcs2228 has corrected me. Setting static IP’s on devices and reserving them on the router has some benefits.

We have only been wired and only using DHCP for some time, but will randomly have some devices lose their connection to the network. So, I am looking for reasons that that may be happening. The last time it happened the only thing to correct the problem was rebooting the router.

The disconnections may be caused by something else because, even if DHCP stops working, the client device should retain the assigned IP address for the rest of the lease time.

Although it takes more effort, it does not hurt to assign static IP addresses on some of the client devices. Personally, I assign static IP addresses on all my routers, access points, printers, NAS, VoIP ATA and critical devices, but not laptops, smartphones, iPad’s, tablets and smart TV’s. I also reserve those same IP addresses on my main router, both to avoid DHCP issuing duplicate IP addresses and to serve as documentation. Having static IP addresses allows me to access devices for remote administration.

I do not work for and I do not have formal association with GL.iNet

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