I run a small office network for an NGO in Papua New Guinea.... here is my problem:
The network is set up as a workgroup as computers here often breakdown and a domain server is not convenient. We have a single computer running Windows 2K that has a modem and is configured with ICS to connect to the internet. All the other computers in the office connect through this "gateway" computer.
We also have a network printer, it is connected directly to the router. The problem is this... when the DHCP server is not turned on, all the Win2k computers in the office revert to private 169.x.x.x addresses and cannot connect to the printer. Is there a way to set up this computer to work with static IP addresses? So far, when I have tried in the past manually assigning IP addresses to the network, all the computers can connect to the printer, but can no longer access the internet.
Please help. I am looking for a low cost solution... preferrably a software one. I know of routers that I could buy that would allow for static addresses, but the org I work for is an NGO and does not have the IT budget that would support this purchase. Any advice?