"gnpmark" <gnpmark[ at ]discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I am connected to Cable and wish to drop my static IP. I am presently
> a linksys router and I am the administrator. Will I be able to access
> computer with RDC and if so what is the best way to configure it.
What static IP? A private static LAN IP for the RDC host PC or a static
ISP supplied public IP for the router?
Some routers allow you to reserve a DHCP assigned IP address based on
the MAC address of the PC. If your Linksys allows that then you can
safely use a DHCP assigned IP address. If it does not then your best bet
is to continue using a static private LAN IP for the RDC host PC. Unless
its a laptop why bother changing to a DHCP assigned address versus a
static IP address? Changing may negate any port forwarding scheme you
have through the router.
Beyond that if the RDC host is a laptop you could use the alternate IP
address function built-in to XP.
Now if your talking about a static IP from your ISP that you no longer
want to pay for or use then you could use a free dynamic naming service
like No-IP.com or DYNDns to map a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) to
the public IP of your router. Some routers have built-in support for
that or you can install a small program on your RDC host that contacts
the No-IP.com or DYNDns servers on a time scheduled basis. The servers
then map your FQDN to the current public IP and you call home using the
Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows â€“ Desktop User Experience)
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