2 computers 1 running permanently on ethernet.but a spare laptop.get the ethernet cable put in sometimes. (this is not me but a relative)which now has no connection due to no ip address.idont know if someone has been trying to get a wireless network or not.so im a bit in the dark.
One is fixed number that you have all the time. This is called a
Static IP address.
You would need to put this address, along with a few other settings, into any computer/ computers you use.
The other is a
Dynamic IP address
This address is automatically given to you when you log-on to your ISP's server. They have a large number of IP addresses that they allocate every time you use the internet. So when you shut down your browser or turn off your router, the next time you access the internet you will be given a new IP number.
The settings for this on the computer are usually auto. So if you connect another computer, via lan cable from a router. The machine will instantly access the internet.
It sounds as if you have a static IP and need to input those details into the other computer.
the desk top is using vista home,laptop xp home.the router is a lynx.which they could never get the hang of.not the routers fault.more to do with technophobia.so they swap the lead.and call dad, thank for the help
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