Solved How to properly set up static IP

February 20, 2020 at 13:52:03
Specs: Windows
I am trying to help my father-in-law's small town office with their clerk's computer. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and needs to be able to work from home now. We picked her up a new laptop. The software they use is based off of programs that are set up on her desktop computer in her office. Basically a "server" was set up on the desktop that she and the othger office lady can both access. I want to set up the laptop to be able to connect to the "server" via remote desktop connection. If I am thinking correctly, I will want to change the desktop computer from a dynamic IP to a static IP first. I have computer experience, but have only worked with networking of this sort brielfy so it isn't my strong suite. My question is, what should I set the static IP address to as well as the subnet mask and DNS? I appreciate any help as does she!

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February 20, 2020 at 16:18:16
Remote desktop over internet:
I would strongly suggest the VPN solution if you go this way!

Another solution is a remote access package:
Most come with a subscription for professional use but these packages are easy to use and can be used on any computer.

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February 20, 2020 at 21:13:36
This may help too, it was a reply I made to another post:

Router, access point(s), and other network hardware needs to be fixed IP addresses and printers, computers, and other devices need to be DHCP assigned IP addresses. The fixed IP addresses need to be in the same group but just outside of the range assigned by the DHCP of the router. For example, if the router address is say and other network hardware is between that and and the range for the assigned addresses is between and and if necessary numbers above that being available for any other devices that may require fixed addresses.
** Your range may be different, this is just for example to make it clearer.

When printers or specific computers need to be fixed they are generally in that available 'upper' range. You will however need to determine the range and what fixed numbers in that range are not being used.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 21, 2020 at 07:38:34
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Your router should be able to assign a fixed IP address to a client. It makes it much easier to manage than going around to each piece of equipment.

Do you already have a domain name?

There is commercial software available that can make this process easier for you such as LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, and others.

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February 21, 2020 at 07:50:47
I don’t have a domain name. The office basically has internet access through their provider and I’m trying to set up a way for the laptop to access back into the office from her house via the internet so it will be able to see the network the files it needs are stored on so she can do her work from home, all while keeping the access secure.

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February 22, 2020 at 07:23:40
Does the office have a static IP - not the computer but the WAN port on the router? Without that, you'll be punching in the office IP address to connect and depending upon your provider it could change.

You could use a DDNS service too.

The commercial software can make this very easy for you and you won't have to do anything to your network, just install it on the computers.

Win10 does not offer remote desktop in the home edition.

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February 22, 2020 at 14:19:58
Think we will he trying AnyDesk. Testing it out at home and it seems to be pretty stable. Appears to do what we need. Found that when looking through suggestions based upon LogMeIn that was suggested by DanJ.

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