My home network is simple - it’s all on the same “LAN” or subnet as the router.
I did not break it out into different networks or subnets.
No, LOL - my Tablo has the exact same IP address it has had since I installed it.
First thing I do with “important devices” or devices I need to always find in the same place is set up an IP reservation in cases where I can’t assign a static IP.
The only way my Tablo address could change would be if the Tablo was replaced and thus had a different MAC address, or I changed my router in which case the IP reservation table would be gone and I’d have to rebuild it in the new router.
First thing I did when my Tablo arrived was grab the MAC address and put it into my router and assign an IP address so when Tablo came online I’d know exactly from the very first second what its address would be.
(For onlookers - Tablo has no place for a STATIC IP. You can NOT assign static IP to Tablo since Tablo has no place internally to do so.
You must assign a reserved IP address in your DHCP server, or if the router assigns addresses and acts as your DHCP server, in your router.
Static is where you assign it in the device itself,
reserved is for devices like Tablo where it can ONLY do DHCP - you set your DHCP server up so that the device with MAC address whatever always pulls the same IP address.
The result is the same - but if you know DHCP, you can see the differences in the DNS server. People always use the word static interchangeably with reserved but they are in fact NOT the same. Static is assigned inside the device - you turn off DHCP client and type in the address the device is to use as soon as it starts up, they make no DHCP request if assigned a static address. Reserved is configured within the DHCP server. This way the device also pulls the DNS, WINS and other special DHCP information. With static you must set that in the device itself - you can’t with tablo. )
My Tablo has been 192.168.0.100 since day one and there’s a reservation for it in the DHCP server which is currently my router acting as DHCP server.
My notebook, Tablo, Chromecast, and one other device always get the same IP address. That has never changed.
I do happen to know the ins and outs of IP addressing and am in fact responsible for DNS, DHCP, VPN and several other functions at work as a network administrator and network security administrator. I manage over 40 routers at work, a Juniper chassis/core switches/routers, Cisco ASAs, 100 VPN clients and an NCP secure VPN gateway with fail-over.
So in that regard we can skip to chapter 2, and go to networks 110 instead of 101
However, these little home devices are, well, lacking in real control. They simplify them to the point they are complex and there’s no real logging to be of much use.
I’d find it 100 times easier if this were some Cisco ASA or a Juniper enterprise class router! Those are SIMPLE!
This netgear is admittedly difficult and the terminology is not enterprise, it’s changed for the homeowner making me feel like a pure novice.
I admit I could build a complex WAN from step 1 using enterprise-class equipment but am lost as a kid in a department store in this Netgear thing.
I’ve tried for a year to make the remote access work. I used every hint or tip that Tablo support had as well as some of the best Tablo users such as snowcat, theuser86 and other long-time Tablo users who have cut their teeth on these devices.
I’ve even set my home router NAT to unsecured to see if I could force it to work, no joy.
I have almost zero choice on Internet devices due to the fact that our area, like a lot of the states, has no broadband service. We have to use cell data services.
There’s no cable, no DSL, etc
People get comfy in their 100 gig broadband (yeah, an exaggeration, but making a point) their ability to stream a dozen movies a night with no limits and no stuttering and assume the rest of the country also has such access which couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have a cap and speed isn’t stellar but is actually pretty good most of the time since the router firmware update and US Cellular did some more tower work making 4G better here.
So, I have a single device- modem/router, all in one.
It’s a Netgear LG2200D
It has 300 Mb Wi-Fi abilities (Wireless N up to 300 Mbps), routing, 4 built-in 10/100 Ethernet ports, handles up to 30 Wi-Fi devices, 2x2 MIMO,
Firewall support includes Stateful packet inspection (SPI), intrusion logging and reporting, denial service (DoS) and DDoS protection
NAT traversal (VPN pass-through) for IPSec, PPTP and L2TP VPNs
Mode of operation: Port and Network Address Translation (PAT/NAT), static routing
IP Address Assignment: Static IP address assignment,
internal DHCP server on LAN (where I set the IP reservation for my Tablo so it ALWAYS has the exact same IP address on my LAN)
DHCP client on WAN,
Domain Filtering & Parental Control,
Port range forwarding,
Exposed host (DMZ), DNS proxy, URL content filtering
DOS protect & DDOS detect
Static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, SIP & VPN pass-through (IPSec, L2TP, PPTP)
RIP V1 & V2
DHCP (client, relay & server)
RFC 1483 static IP
Port forwarding and Wireless Distribution System (WDS)