On my home network (ATT DSL) I was just given a Motorolla Netopia 3347-02 combo modem/router. I use port forwarding to connect externally back to one computer at home. Is there a way to prevent this netopia from getting assigned a new IP address every time there is a configuration change made to it that requires a reboot? Is the purchase of an external static IP from ATT the only way to avid this, or is there some configuration within the 3347 to prevent this behavior? I thought there was a way to reserve the IP for a period of time where a reboot would grab the same one, but I also used to drink a lot.....
Also, if no workaround, would connecting via a VPN avoid this issue of ever changing IP addy's? If so, are VPN very difficult to set up and configure?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.