Configuring static IP addresses within my LAN
I have an AT&T NVG510 gateway modem/router.
I wish to configure this device so that the print server that I have connected to it (with an Ethernet cable) and the NAS/file server I have connected to it (with an Ethernet cable) will always be assigned the same IP address, even if the gateway or the NAS or the print server power cycles.
I have spent more than an hour in the AT&T tech support chat, and the best they can come up with is sending me to sales to get a static IP address assigned. It does not seem that they are capable of understanding the difference between having a static IP address assigned to my account and having a static IP address assigned to a device on my LAN.
So far I've been on the phone with tech support for 37 minutes. 13 minutes ago, they asked if they could put me on hold for 3 minutes. They haven't been back.
Is it really so hard? I mean, I have a Netgear router that allows this very simply. You just reserve an IP address and assign it to a particular MAC address. That IP address won't be assigned to any device other than the MAC address specified.
But wouldn't it be nice to remove that extra router from my network, to reduce points of failure, when (in theory) the U-Verse gateway device is already a wi-fi router?
Why is this so freakin' hard?