Static IP Question

jimbog asked 2 years ago

Hi, I just received a static IP address from my internet provider. I have a Linksys 3200 router. But everything is still set to dynamic and I need some advice on how to change these settings. I mainly want to be able to access my 2TB harddrive that will have my Quickbooks information and other files. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. In the mean time I am reading a lot of the post here in order to help my learn. thanks

2 Answers
Shnerdly Staff answered 2 years ago

If the 3200 is like most other Linksys Routers, you would set the static IP on the first page you come to when signing in. You will also need to set the Default gateway and Subnet Mask. They will all be provided by your ISP.

I would offer a word of caution about making Quickbooks data available over an Internet connection. There is no such thing as absolute security when it come to the Internet, just ask Sony.

My recommendation would be to establish a Secure VPN connection which would then allow you to access your local area network shares and resources over the Internet.

ascension2020 answered 2 years ago

"Hi, I just received a static IP address from my internet provider. I have a Linksys 3200 router. But everything is still set to dynamic and I need some advice on how to change these settings. I mainly want to be able to access my 2TB harddrive that will have my Quickbooks information and other files. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. In the mean time I am reading a lot of the post here in order to help my learn. thanks"

Setting up a VPN is a good option, but that's never an easy thing to do unless your pretty familiar with networking. OpenVPN and Barracuda both make pretty user friendly products, but setting them up incorrectly leaves you with a major security hole.

Your easiest option is probably to setup your computer for remote access. The traditional way involves using the built-in Microsoft remote desktop software (if you're running an appropriate version of Windows) or a program like VNC. Using the traditional method involves knowing your IP address and setting up port-forwarding or triggering on your router.

Fortunately there are even easier options now. LogMeIn makes a remote connectivity product that makes your PC accessible through a Web browser, and it doesn't require knowing your IP address or configuring your router. Another one called GoToMyPC offers a similar product and they also make an iPhone app. I haven't used GoToMyPC but I've heard great things about it. I use LogMeIn's free version on my fiance's computer when she's away in college and needs tech support.

Hope that helps!

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