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Static DHCP is a useful feature which makes the DHCP server on your router always assign the same IP address to a specific computer on your LAN. To be more specific, the DHCP server assigns this static IP to the network card of your computer. Every network card has its unique address - the so called MAC address (MAC = media access control), that is used to identify it on the LAN. Your computer boots and requests its IP from the router's DHCP server. The DHCP server recognizes the MAC address of your PC's network card and assigns the static IP address to it.

Static DHCP will be needed if you want your computer to always have the same IP address. Sometimes required for certain programs, this feature is useful if other people on your LAN know your IP and access your PC using this IP. Static DHCP should be used in conjuction with Port Forwarding. If you forward an external WAN TCP/UDP port to a port on a server running inside your LAN, you have to give that server a static IP, and this can be achieved easily through Static DHCP.

v23 Port Forwarding section in the Web GUI


  1. Log into the DD-WRT Web GUI
  2. Go to Administration -> Services
  3. DHCP Daemon should be enabled
  4. Under Static Leases Enter the MAC address of the client interface, the hostname of the machine, and the desired internal IP for this machine.
  5. Before clicking the Add button, you need to scroll to the bottom of the page and save your changes.
  • If you don't save these fields before clicking the Add button, your Static DHCP settings will be lost, and you'll have to enter the information again.
v23 DHCP Services section in the Web GUI

DHCP Options

The DHCP system assigns IP addresses to your local devices. While the main configuration is on the setup page you can program some nifty special functions here.

DHCP Daemon: Disabling here will disable DHCP on this router irrespective of the settings on the Setup screen.

Used domain: You can select here which domain the DHCP clients should get as their local domain. This can be the WAN domain set on the Setup screen or the LAN domain which can be set here.

LAN Domain: You can define here your local LAN domain which is used as local domain for DNSmasq and DHCP service if chosen above.

Static Leases: Assign certain hosts specific addresses here.

  • This is also the way to add hosts with a fixed address to the router's local DNS service (DNS masq).

The format for static allocations is:

<IP Address>  <##:##:##:##:##:##>  <Hostname>

Warning: Be sure to set your static IPs outside of your automatic DHCP address range. This range is by default and can be configured under Setup -> Basic Setup : Network Address Server Settings (DHCP).

NOTE: Make sure you do not have a blank set of fields (MAC, HOST, & IP). This will cause the error "Not a valid MAC address" because you left a MAC address field empty.


To assign the IP address and the hostname "mypc" to a PC with a network card having the MAC address 00:AE:0D:FF:BE:56 you should press Add then enter 00:AE:0D:FF:BE:56 into the MAC field, mypc into the HOST field and into the IP field.

Remember: If you press the 'Add' button before saving the entries you just made, they will be cleared. This is normal behavior in v23.