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Windows Static IP Address

An IP address (Internet Protocol address) allows your computer to connect to the Internet and communicate with other devices on the network. An IP address consists of a series of numbers (ex: 192.168.1.1). Most routers assign dynamic IP addresses by default. They do this because dynamic IP address networks require no configuration. The end user can simply plug their computer in and their Internet will work. Every time a computer reboots (like after a temporary power outage) it asks the router for an IP address and the router then hands it an IP address that has not already been assigned to another computer on the network. This means that the computer's IP address may change from time to time.

It's important to set up a static IP address on the computer running the Virtual TimeClock Server, especially if you're going to use port forwarding. When you have port forwarding set up, your router forwards ports to an IP address that you specify. This will probably work when you initially set it up, but after restarting your computer it may get a different IP address and the ports will no longer be forwarded to your computer's IP address. To make sure your networked time clocks continue to work flawlessly, you'll want to assign a static IP address to the Virtual TimeClock Server computer. Here's a little program for those of you that need a little more technical assistance.

Simple Static IP is a free program by PcWinTech.com to help users set their dynamic IP address to a static one with just a few clicks.

This program is available at: http://www.pcwintech.com/simple-static-ip