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prawnabie - 10/7/09 at 10:51 PM

Hi guys

My girlfriend has an eeepc that she uses at her house and at mine. Both locations have wifi but need the laptop to use a specified ip and default gateway address.

The ip address I can make the same at both loctions, but the defalut gateway is different at each location. Anyway i can get around thei using 1 wifi adapter?



madmandegge - 10/7/09 at 11:16 PM

This may be possible using hardware profiles?

Taken from Windows Help:

"Open System in Control Panel.
On the Hardware tab, click Hardware Profiles.
Under Available hardware profiles, click the existing hardware profile you want, and do one of the following.

Copy to open the Copy Profile dialog box, and type a new name for the copy.
Rename to open the Rename Profile dialog box, and type a new name for the selected profile.
Delete to remove the selected profile."

Basically I'd set it up, name that profile then create a new profile and make the changes.

I may be totally wrong here! But I think it should work. If not, it may be possible to write a batch file to change the default gateway just by running one. If the above doesn't work I'll look into the other method.

BenTyreman - 10/7/09 at 11:35 PM

Why can't you just change the IP address of one of the gateways to match the other? Why does it need a static IP anyway? Most programs will accept to refer to the local machine.

prawnabie - 10/7/09 at 11:38 PM

How do I change the gateways? I need static ip and i use the laptop remotley

BenTyreman - 10/7/09 at 11:43 PM

All of the gateways that I've come across have had to ability to change their own IP address (with the exception of the BT Home Hub, which did change it's IP address but then poo itself). Somewhere buried in the system settings.

If you post the model of the gateway, I might be able to find the manual.

prawnabie - 10/7/09 at 11:48 PM

Cheers, its a linksys WAG54GS

BenTyreman - 10/7/09 at 11:54 PM

Open web browser.

Type http://<address of gateway (>/

Go to Setup > Basic Setup

Halfway down is "Local IP Address".

Change it to match the other gateway.

prawnabie - 11/7/09 at 12:06 AM

ah im not sure thats what I need to change - the default gateway address isn't the same as that local ip address.


BenTyreman - 11/7/09 at 12:16 AM

Unless you have a very strange setup, then it should be.

The Linksys default IP address is

To get into the admin page, you need to visit

On your laptop, the static IP will be something else on the same subnet, like It will need to have DNS servers specified, which will be, and the default gateway will need setting to

In the gateway settings, the Local IP Address should match what is in the address bar, i.e. This is the one to change.

There are other IP Address settings, but these are if you have a static IP address for the router. This will be something like for example, but usually they are set to automatic.

jeffw - 11/7/09 at 07:34 AM

Both WiFi devices will be using DHCP so I don't see what the issue is here ? Why do you need the same IP address at each location ?

fov - 11/7/09 at 08:12 AM

Would a little VB or batch script do you?
You would need to run it every time you swap location.

jeffw - 11/7/09 at 08:30 AM

Why bother....just run DHCP on the routers and the laptops and the situation fixes itself.

Keith Weiland - 11/7/09 at 10:58 AM

I agree with Jeffw, why not just use DHCP? I can think of no reason on something like a netbook.

prawnabie - 11/7/09 at 11:14 AM


thanks for the replies!

The main problem is I use port forwarding at both locations to play games and run NAS units.

To do this I had to assign static ips to each device to stop them changing every time I switched them off.

In windows I had to manually assign the internal IP, subnet mask and default gateway.

The default gateway I just copied and pasted from the router and if i do this at each location I can connect to the net no probs. if i leave the default gateway set to the other router it comes up with an error in windows.

Default gateway here is something like Like i said, if i leave this set into the netbook, it will not connect to the internet at the other loction until i change it!



jeffw - 11/7/09 at 02:13 PM

I presume that you will not want the Notebook to be accessible form the net via port forwarding ? If so you can reduce the DHCP scope on each router so that it excludes your statically assigned devices and just use DHCP.

The other option (depending on how clever your routers are) is to use static assignements within DHCP by allocating a IP address to the specific MAC address of the WiFi card on the device. This will allow you to run DHCP on the network and for all the devices statically assigned to pick up their correct addresses regardless of the location.

If all else fails you can have two default gateway addresses on the netbook which will work on both networks, although it may slow it down a little when it first connects.

[Edited on 11/7/09 by jeffw]

[Edited on 11/7/09 by jeffw]

BenTyreman - 11/7/09 at 03:38 PM

The default gateway for devices internal to the network is not

That is the gateway for the router to the BT network. If you have BT at one house, and a different ISP at the other house, this is why it isn't working. BT will only allow BT customers to access

The default gateway for each of the internal devices should be set to the same IP address of the router. is default for Linksys. is default for BT equipment.

The idea is this:

If device A ( tries to connect to device B (, it recognises that device B is part of the same network connects directly to it.

If device A then tries to connect to Google (, it recognises that Google is not part of the same network, and puts in a request to the gateway (which happens to be the broadband modem/router for most residential users),, to pass on the connection to Google. Your local gateway recognises that it needs to forward the request to ITS gateway, which is The request keeps getting forwarded by the various bits of equipment until it eventually makes it to Google.

By setting the gateway on device A to, not, you are short-circuiting part of the system.

Set the gateway for your laptop to Set both of your routers to have the IP address

Lastly, make sure you pick a static IP for your laptop that is outside the range of the DHCP address pool. The address pool usually doesn't start til about 50, so low IP addresses are probably OK. I would suggest,, etc.

jeffw - 11/7/09 at 05:23 PM


If he was using it wouldn't work as the internal device would not be in the same subnet as the default gateway and therefore could not ARP for the MAC of the default gateway. He has to have been using the internal Interface IP of the router unless the router is in Layer 2 mode.

[Edited on 11/7/09 by jeffw]

BenTyreman - 11/7/09 at 07:16 PM

Originally posted by prawnabie
The default gateway I just copied and pasted from the router and if i do this at each location I can connect to the net no probs. if i leave the default gateway set to the other router it comes up with an error in windows.

Default gateway here is something like

jeffw, no disrespect but I was only going on the information provided to me. He claims that setting the gateway on the laptop to DOES work at one site.

A quick bit of reading suggests that Windows has a built-in failsafe that attempts to correct for a misconfigured gateway address. I don't know exactly what magic goes on there, but apparently it does fix the problem so long as you use the router gateway address for that site, not the other site.

From what I read, he wants to use the laptop/NAS remotely. I would have thought that his intention for having a static IP on his laptop was so he COULD forward a port, not so that he couldn't.

I have stressed that the gateway on the laptop SHOULD be set to the same IP as the router, and that one router should have its IP address changed to match the other, so that he doesn't need to keep changing the settings when he moves from one site to another.