6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 27, 2010 7:16 PM by watchingDclock

    Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network

      My wife works from home and works for the government, which requires her to have a static ip in order to access government servers.  This was a pain to set up with the phone company on many levels, but that's what the government requires.

       

      Since we have iPhone's and were able to set up a Static IP address, I just assumed you could also do this with the Nook - now, reading these posts, I am finding out that it's not possible.

       

      My question is, do you think I would be able to set up an Ad-Hoc network on one of our home computers that would allow the Nook to connect to?  I did this once with an iPod Touch and it worked well - despite the limited range.

       

      Thanks for any input.

        • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network
          gandalf1369

           


          ddarling007 wrote:

          My wife works from home and works for the government, which requires her to have a static ip in order to access government servers.  This was a pain to set up with the phone company on many levels, but that's what the government requires.

           

          Since we have iPhone's and were able to set up a Static IP address, I just assumed you could also do this with the Nook - now, reading these posts, I am finding out that it's not possible.

           

          My question is, do you think I would be able to set up an Ad-Hoc network on one of our home computers that would allow the Nook to connect to?  I did this once with an iPod Touch and it worked well - despite the limited range.

           

          Thanks for any input.


           

          Pretty sure the nook with NOT work with an Ad-Hoc network.  You might try searching these forums for "ad-hoc" and hopefully getting some more information from users that have tried.

           

          • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network
            mbratch

            By "requiring a static IP" I assume you mean that whatever client PC at home she's accessing the gov't site with must have a static IP address? Not sure exactly what your network setup is and what's static and what's not.

             

            What kind of network service do you have? Cable? DSL? Satellite? And is your local network at home wireless or does it have a wireless subnet?

             

            Wireless routers usually do DHCP and you can specify a range of DHCP addresses which allows you to have some fixed IP devices and some dynamic. But I'm not sure if this helps you, as I would need to know more about your configuration and what the specific static IP requirements are.

            • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network

              ddarling007 wrote:

              My wife works from home and works for the government, which requires her to have a static ip in order to access government servers.  This was a pain to set up with the phone company on many levels, but that's what the government requires.

               

              Since we have iPhone's and were able to set up a Static IP address, I just assumed you could also do this with the Nook - now, reading these posts, I am finding out that it's not possible.

               

              My question is, do you think I would be able to set up an Ad-Hoc network on one of our home computers that would allow the Nook to connect to?  I did this once with an iPod Touch and it worked well - despite the limited range.

               

              Thanks for any input.


              No, the Nook Color is NOT compatible with ad-hoc networks (or at least it wasn't....no idea if 1.0.1 added that capability or not).   However, if you have a WiFi router setup to your WAN (even if the WAN has a static IP) it will do what's called NAT (Network Address Translation) and should be able to assign your nook it's own network address on an infrastructure network.

               

              In my home, I've got tons of stuff setup on my home network that then connects into the cable network (but used to connect into a DSL network).    Everthing on the outside sees anything on my network as a single IP (and it very, very rarely changes...but it's not static) but all my stuff both on the wired and wireless network get their addresses from DHCP.

               

              I go from my Cable Modem (or again...previously my DSL modem) to my router's WAN port.   My router is setup to supply IP addresses for everything that asks it for on (but a few things I have set them to static IP's, like my printer and wireless AP).   

               

              So from what you're saying....I BELIEVE your router is presenting a single IP to the outside world (thus the government recognizes it is from your house) but stuff you've got on the inside can be on a totally separate network (usually something like 192.168.1.x) and work just fine.

               

              My wireless AP is setup to use MAC address filtering, I had to turn that off to get my NC to connect the first time....because you can't get the NC's MAC address until it's registered.   Once that was done, you can go into the settings, device info and get the MAC address and add it to your router and turn filtering back on.

               

               

                • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network

                  Thanks for all of the information.  I'm not that familiar with setting up home networks, but if I understand what you're saying, we could set up a wireless router to our home computer that is connected to the Static IP and the Nook should be able to see that address.

                   

                  All I know is that we have a range of 5 IP addresses that was set up from the phone company for this business account, and we can assign various computers/utilities in this range.  So, if I can set up a home network on a pc that is connected to the static IP, it should work.

                   

                  Hope that's correct :smileyhappy: let me know if I misunderstand and again, I appreciate all of the help and advice.

                    • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network

                      donc will confirm, but yes, that's exactly right. There's the public IP address that your phone company assigned you, and then there's the private IP address space that you control behind a (NAT) router. You use one router configured to use one static (public) IP, and it'll allow you to share that connection with all of your devices in your home. NAT takes care of keeping track of which outgoing/incoming packets belong to which device on your network.

                  • Re: Nook Static IP and Ad-Hoc Network

                    As was said, the stock Nook Color can't do ad hoc networks nor static IPs. If you're willing to root it though (and not sure how practical that is for you), you have a couple of options.

                     

                    1. There's a free app in the Android Market called "Wifi Static" that'll let you assign a static IP to the Nook Color. The setup for Android Market is rolled into the rooting script.

                     

                    2. If you Google, "Adhoc wifi support on the NC xda", you'll find the necessary steps to get ad hoc thethering working on the Nook Color. Again, your Nook Color will need to be rooted as the process requires access to your system directory (which you don't have when stock).

                     

                    Oh, and almost forgot: in order to transfer the necessary file for ad hoc support to/from your Nook Color, you'll either need to have the Android SDK installed on your computer (specifically you need the ADB tool), or you'll have to download an app called "Root Explorer" from the Android Market. Note that "Root Explorer" is not free, unfortunately.

                     

                    Hope this info is somewhat useful to you.