[mythtv-users] Re: Why only numeric IP addresses work?

Scott Mazur mythlists at littlefish.ca
Wed Oct 13 20:27:27 UTC 2004

On Wed, 13 Oct 2004 11:57:50 -0700, Jarod Wilson wrote
> On Wednesday 13 October 2004 08:54, Grant Edwards wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 13, 2004 at 11:02:28AM -0400, Matt Mossholder wrote:
> > > For clarification, it might be more understandable for people
> > > if you say that all machines but the firewall are DHCP
> > > clients, but the server systems are always assigned the same
> > > address by the DHCP server, based on MAC address. This isn't a
> > > static address, it is just a consistently assigned dynamic
> > > address :)
> >
> > I suppose.  To me something that never changes is static,
> > regardless of where it's stored.
> I'm still not a fan of doing things that way. What happens if the 
> DHCP server croaks? All of a sudden, none of your servers have any 
> IP address (once their DHCP lease expires)...

What happens if your myth server croaks?  All of the sudden you miss recording
9 episodes of I love Lucy and none of your TVs work.  So what?

Larger networks DEPEND on DHCP.  Just ask the 100,000 or so subscribers to the
local telephone internet service.  It's all DHCP.  I'd trust a DCHP server to
keep working long before I'd put any bets on a Myth backend.  Besides, even if
the DHCP sever goes down, what have you lost?  The myth backend doesn't care.
 At worst, you'll miss a nightly TV guide update.

Whether DHCP is a good or bad idea for anything is really wasted debate. 
Every network admin has a reason for doing things they way they do, and every
network is different than any other.


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