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Normally your router will use DHCP to automatically assign an IP address to a device when it connects to the network, this allows for very little configuration and new devices can connect quickly.

However if you wish to forward ports to your computer to host a game server or you have a device on your network such as a NAS storage enclosure it is recommended that you assign it a reserved IP address in your routers interface.

To allocate a reserved IP address, first ensure that the computer or device that you want to assign the address too is switch on and connected to the network. Or you can manually find out the MAC address of the device you wish to reserve an IP address for.

Open your web browser and navigate to you Belkin PlayMax’s configuration page, by default this is 192.168.2.1.

Click “Login” in the upper left hand corner to access the configuration of the router.

 

Belkin PlayMax guest interface

Enter in your routers admin password, by default it is left blank. Then press “Submit”

 

Default is to leave the password blank

Select “DHCP” under LAN setup from the top of the left hand menu, you should see a list of connected computers with their Name, IP and MAC addresses listed.

Enter in the IP and MAC addresses of the device you want to reserve the IP for and click add. Make sure to take note of the IP address as this will now always be assigned to the selected devices MAC address.

 

Select DHCP client list from the left hand menu

The IP and MAC addresses should now appear in the table, click “Logout” to finish.

Once you have clicked add your device IP and MAC addresses should appear in the table

You have now reserved an IP address for a device on your network, if you need to forward ports on your router please read this article on port forwarding for the Belkin PlayMax.