DHCP with manual IP address - Airport Express / PowerBooks

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by adriantoll, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. adriantoll macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2004
    I'm setting up a home network with an Airport Express for a couple of friends of mine who both have PowerBooks. I want to use fixed IP addresses for the PowerBooks so I can administer them remotely (sometimes it's a real pain knowing about computers isn't it? friends call you up all the time etc. etc. etc.... but that's another story).

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, I've tried setting their powerbook network airport TCP/IP settings to "DHCP with Manual IP" and using & as the IP addresses, but when I use that their internet connection drops, even if I'm using the address that Airport Express gave them in the first place. This is also true if I change them to previously unused addresses like and so on. I've tried changing the settings on the Airport Express, like the number of IP addresses it gives out and so on, but nothing seems to work.

    It seems that there are a few people who've had the same problem but received no response, some from this site...


    ... and some around the internet as I've been trawling for the solution.

    I've been able to replicate this problem at home with my Powerbook and Airport Extreme, so it's not just their setup, or their Powerbooks, or just Airport Express.

    It seems strange, given that the Airport Express is on default settings, and they've only just got their Powerbooks - shouldn't these things just work?! Any help gratefully received...

    [edit] Just found this, which I suppose might help, but I've tried doing what this guy did and it didn't work for me...


    ... and I don't understand why I should have to specify the DNS settings when all I want is to get a manual IP. When I try what he did, rather than saying I don't have a connection it just sits there as if it's looking for the website, whether I use the Airport Express for DNS (which seems a strange setting anyway) or my ISP's DNS servers.
  2. sreedy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    I haven't used the Airport express but shouldn't your internal ip's be in the 192.168.x.x range?

    If you assign the IP via plain old DHCP what do they get? If that works then just use that one as the maanual IP setting afterwards.
  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I'm far from an expert on this stuff, but I think if you use manual IP you have to specify all the settings, not just the IP address. It won't pull any info through DHCP if you set it to manual.
  4. adriantoll thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Airport Express gives out IP addresses in the range to by default, and uses as its own address.

    If I use simple DHCP it gives the address - which I've tried using with DHCP with manual address and it doesn't work.

    Airport Express has a few settings, including DHCP, DHCP with manual address, and Manual. The first is completely automatic, and works. The second just lets you specify the IP address, and sets the subnet mask and router address automatically, with DNS servers optional - this doesn't work with either no DNS servers specified or the DNS servers set to the ISPs DNS servers. I haven't been able to get Manual to work either, but I don't really want to use that - I want to get DHCP with manual address working because it's the simplest (or so I thought...)
  5. adriantoll thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Errrrrrrrrrr, so I guess that'll be a no then? No-one has experienced or sorted out this problem?
  6. gentryunderwood macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
    same problem

    for what it's worth, i'm having the same problem, and the DNS change didn't help me either...
  7. gentryunderwood macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
  8. gentryunderwood macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
    switching to manual entry and filling in a public DNS server ( along with my own IP address seems to have solved things for me...
  9. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    Have you given a try with:
    DNS -
    IP -
    The local gateway might be sitting on something.
    Edit: Good to know
  10. adriantoll thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Excellent - thanks for the replies, and especially the link to the Apple documentation. Looks like I'll have to configure it manually...

    [edit] Well, I've managed to configure it manually and it was really rather easy - just use the settings that were there when DHCP was on (although it seemed to select a higher IP address - rather than - perhaps because the DHCP lease hadn't run out? I don't know whether DHCP "leases" last for long...) and then had a look through the support section of my ISPs website to get the caching DNS servers and it seemed to work fine. Don't know why I couldn't get that to work earlier...[/edit] :rolleyes:
  11. simplebeep macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2007
    No. Apple hardware, by default, runs in the 10.0.1.x range.
  12. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Doesn't the Airport Express provide DHCP IP reservation like any self-respecting router?
  13. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    RFC1918 states the following for use on private LANs:

    You can read the whole thing here if you like.

    In reality, you could use any IP address range you want, as long as you NAT it. The only issue would be if you needed to access the network that owned the public range.
  14. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    This thread is four years old, though I suppose the corrections might be useful if somebody hits it searching for the same info.
  15. nilloc macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
    In Summary

    If you are looking to setup an Airport or Airport Express with Manual IP Addresses, this has worked on 3 different computers with OS 10.4 and 10.5:

    1. Leave Airport/Express settings to automatic and DHCP defaults should work fine.

    2. On each computer:
    A. Open System Preferences -> Network
    B. Edit the Aiport Connection (in 10.5 click Advanced...)
    C. In the TCP/IP tab select Manually from the dropdown.
    D. Enter Desired IP Address not in use (can be within the range that the DHCP server would normally serve, you just may have to release it from any other machine that may have already taken it in the past).
    F. Set the Subnet Mask and Router IP addresses to match your routers (mine were and respectively).
    D. Set the DNS server address to match the Router IP (Likely, Note in OS 10.5 you will need to switch tabs to enter it, in 10.4 it is below the Router address in the TCP/IP tab.

    3. That's it!

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