Re: surfin' on cable!
Noah L. Meyerhans wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Jul 2000, Chris Majewski wrote:
>> Hm, I'm on Rogers in Vancouver and I'm not using dhcp at all.
>> For the record, seems to work fine for a week now.
>> Hm, should I expect imminent disaster? -chris
> This is probably not wise. Since the DHCP server is unaware of the fact
> that you're occupying one of the IP addresses under its control, it
> doesn't know not to assign that IP address when somebody needs one. You
> setup will continue to work until the DHCP server assigns another box on
> the cable network the same IP. Bad things will happen when it does that,
While this is true in general, I've heard of only a very few
people who have been renumbered. In fact the other big @home
outfit in Canada uses your IP as part of the alphabet soup it
gives you for a host name. They don't go so far as to say
you're static but you are effectively.
Even if you use a dhcp client it pays to keep a script around to
set yourself up statically for the times the dhcp server is down.
This will usually be right after an outage :)