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Does Kaleidescape recommend dynamic or static IP addressing?

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.

Dynamic IP
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)

The IP addresses of the components might change, which can lead to problems with IP control
Static IP
Addresses are manually assigned to each component. This requires the installer to use the browser interface to assign an IP address to each component, but this allows a control system to find each component at a fixed IP address.
Components always have the same IP address
Setting the IP addresses manually is time consuming
Changes 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
Reserved Dynamic
The DHCP server is configured with a list of MAC addresses and always assigns a fixed IP address to each device.
Components always have the same IP address
Changes to the network can be made at a single point (the DHCP server)
Easy to configure.
DHCP server will not cause duplicate IP addresses
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.

Requires a DHCP server that supports reservations (typically found in higher-end routers)


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