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Changing IP Addresses on laptops for different locations

I have an orginizaiton with several workgroups in which everything is on static IP addresses.   We do not have a domain to reduce costs.    In any event, since I have everything with static IP addresses, when the attorneys leave to go to court or whatever, they cant get on their wireless network because the NIC already has a static IP from our office.    

I was thinking of doing hardware profiles but I have never used them before.   Is there an easy way to setup a computer to have a static IP when it is at the office, and DHCP anytime it is away from the office?   Is there software that can do this in a couple clicks or will hardware profiles do it?   They could change it each time but there has to be something easier.      

Thanks in advance
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
What is the make of the laptops?  Many makers provide software to manage connections.  For example IBM/Lenovo offers Access Connections.

I haven't really had to use third-party programs before but there are some.  One was at http://www.mobilenetswitch.com/.  Let me know if you need other suggestions.  I usually prefer one from the laptop maker so I would first recommend looking at the preinstalled software or the maker's website.

Let me know if you have a question or need more info.

bol
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>" We do not have a domain to reduce costs."
Not sure that is the case. Usually you implement a domain structure for central management, to reduce costs and increase security.

Do you have a DHCP server that can do "reservations" such as a Windows server, or many routers. Reservations allow you to let your client machines use DHCP (automatic IP addressing) but always be assigned the same IP the same as having a static IP. This way when they leave the office their computer would automatically be reconfigured using DHCP. Reservations also allow for central management if you should want to change their IP.

I have had good success with NetSwitcher, if you should want to use a 3rd party tool. It will allow you to set different network configuration for different sites, including DHCP options, which can be changed at the click of a "button". Not only does it allow you to manage IP configurations, but also workgroup memberships, domain memberships (not recommended), printers, mapped drives and more.
http://www.netswitcher.com/product_info.htm
A few others:
http://www.netsetman.com/
http://www.globesoft.com/
http://www.adtec.it/nwdownload-en.htm

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
rindi,  I feel both b0lsc0tt's and my suggestions are quite suitable for the problem presented. Perhaps a point slit is warranted?
Thanks,
--Rob
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Rindi,

Thanks for your time cleaning and helping here.  I agree.  I didn't respond immediately to see if the Asker would respond or close this but both of our comments answer this.  I also suggest a split but hopefully 0_Glyph_0 will reply.  I hope this helps!

bol
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks rindi.
Cheers !
--Rob
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