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I am trying to add a new Linksys WRT54G router to my network.  I have always used Buffalo routers in the past and have never had a problem with the set up.  I use Static IP addresses to all my computers, printer, and routers.    I find the Linksys interface very confusing,  so I am hoping someone can walk me thru this one.
       This is what I need the router to do for me... I need to assign a static IP address (192.168.000.099) to the router.  Once I do this, I want to plug in 2 computers into the router (which already have static IP addresses assigned 192.168.000.087 and 192.168.000.088) and have them able to access the network and the internet.   Can someone walk me thru Linksys setup pages to accomplish this?  The Buffalo routers were a piece a cake,  but I guess I must be missing something in the Linksys setup.... thanks
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The first screen displayed when you login to the WRT54G is the page you need.

In the middle of the page there are four boxes to specify each octet of the IP address you want.  See the attached image for an example. Just change it to the IP address you want and save settings.

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So all I have to do is assign the router's IP address?   Do I disable the DHCP server function at the bottom of the screen?.... as I mentioned before the 2 computers that I am connecting to the router already have static IP address assigned.  Thanks
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Yes, that should be all you need to do.  Regarding DHCP, it probably won't matter either way since you are using static IPs anyway. But, if I were going to use all static IP's I probably would disable DHCP. Plus I'm not sure what the router will do after you change the default IP. I've never done it. You can see in the image that the first three octets in the DHCP section are not changeable but it will let you configure the starting address. It may be that after you change the router's default IP it will automatically change those first three octets as well.
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ok... did as you said,  but still was not getting to the network or to the internet.  So I did an IPconfig /all ... the default gateway is the same as the ip address I set above, per your instructions.  I need the default gateway set to 192.168.0.195,  as this is the default gateway for the network.  
  With the buffalo router,  all I had to do is go under my lan port settings,  change it to manual (instead of automatically assigned by DHCP server),  put in a unique IP address, subnet mask and default gateway....  and everything worked perfectly.  I like to think I'm a reasonably intelligent person... but this has me baffled.
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On the two PC's their default gateway should be the Linksys router's IP.  In other words, packets coming from each PC bound for the Internet would first send their packets to the Linksys router's lan port which you have set to 192.168.0.99, then inside the router it would hand it off to the wan port which is probably getting it's IP address and gateway from another router via DHCP.  I was thinking you had only one router but after re-reading your initial question maybe I misunderstood your setup.

If you are adding the Linksys router to an existing routed network and creating a small subnet for the 2 PC you can change the Linksys router's default gateway to your needed gateway on the same setup page. First click the dropdown at the top and change it from "Automatic Configuration - DHCP" to Static. Then you will be able to enter the router's WAN IP address and gateway manually.  However, I don't quite understand what you are trying to accomplish. If you have another router at 192.168.0.95 that the PCs need to get out to the Internet through then why add another router. Why not just a switch?

If I am not understanding your setup correctly, please provide more details on other routers on the network and their settings. For example, what physical device is at 192.168.0.95?

I know this is a bit difficult via short messages but bear with me, we'll get there.
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well, to make a long story short.... I gave up trying to configure the Linksys router,  and purchased another Buffalo.  I wanted to try a Linksys because of the legal problems Buffalo is having... God only knows if they will ever be able to sell their routers again.  Thanks for the attempt,  I think with a little more trial and error,  you would had gotten me fixed around... so for your efforts I will reward you the points
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Thanks for the points. Sorry you had to go with different hardware.
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