There are advantages and disadvantages to both static and dynamic IP addresses. The best choice often depends on the application. Reserved dynamic addressing is another possibility that provides many of the advantages of both.
Addresses are assigned automatically by a DHCP server (often resident in a router). Kaleidescape components ship already configured to accept a dynamic address for ease of installation. A Kaleidescape System can use only dynamic addresses.
Easy to configure
Changes to the network can be made at a single point (the DHCP server)DisadvantagesThe IP addresses of the components might change, which can lead to problems with IP control
AdvantagesComponents always have the same IP address
DisadvantagesSetting the IP addresses manually is time consumingChanges to the network configuration (i.e. DNS server or subnet) require using the browser interface to re-configure each component
Human error can cause duplicate IP addresses
AdvantagesComponents always have the same IP addressChanges to the network can be made at a single point (the DHCP server)Easy to configure.DHCP server will not cause duplicate IP addressesRequires a DHCP server that supports reservations (typically found in higher-end routers)
Devices that do not support static addresses can still be assigned a fixed address
The entire network configuration can be viewed on a single page from the DHCP server.