How to obtain and be able to use more ip addresses than the standard 255?
Posted on 2011-10-11
I have a little bit of a dilemma at the company that I work at. We have been changing around the IP configuration a little bit and I am running into the problem that many of the allotted 255 ip addresses are being used up quite quickly. We have about 350 employees and there are many computers, printers, and other devices that are on our network and mostly all of them are static IP, but even if they have DHCP, the server is running out of IP addresses to use. One of my friends suggested adding an additional NIC card to the domain controller and creating a new set of 255 IP addresses. I read somewhere that another option would be to take advantage of supernetting. I don't know much about IP addresses to begin with, so whereas both of these options sound alright to me, I don't really know how to implement either option. If I added a second NIC to the server, would I have to add another connection onto the computers? Would that mess up the connection already established? If I wanted to start this supernetting idea, would that involve me having to reconfigure every machine? Is supernetting difficult to implement? Do I need any additional software or hardware to supernet? Does anyone have any other options for me? Thanks so much in advance for any help!