Our home router is terrible at remembering configured static IPs, I'd like to use my RasPi instead. Is there anything particular I need to consider when setting it up?

  • Please can you include the distro you are using. The answer will vary per distro – Jivings Jun 14 '12 at 13:02
  • @Jivings None yet, what would be a good one to use? – Tom Medley Jun 14 '12 at 13:03
  • Related: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/16754/… – finnw Jun 14 '12 at 13:04
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    I shall give my answer for Arch Linux and Debian then. – Jivings Jun 14 '12 at 13:04
  • Interesting idea, are you planning to implement internal throttling? – ian.shaun.thomas Jun 14 '12 at 13:24

On your Raspberry Pi, all you would need to do is install the dhcp package.


sudo pacman -S dhcp


apt-get install isc-dhcp-server

You then edit the configuration file at /etc/conf.d/dhcp which tells the dhcp server which interface on which to listen with this line:

DHCP4_ARGS="... eth0"

You then start the server daemon with:

sudo /etc/rc.d/dhcp4 start

Now any clients that broadcast for an IP connected to eth0 will be managed by the dhcp server.

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  • Why do I need two network interfaces? I'm not routing traffic through the Pi (we have an all-in-one wireless router/modem, so that's not possible anyway), just using it to assign addresses. – Tom Medley Jun 14 '12 at 13:49
  • @TomMedley Ignore that part then. The rest still applies. – Jivings Jun 14 '12 at 13:55
  • Is this meta answer incorrect when it says that sudo isn't installed on Arch by default? If so, might this answer be a little confusing to newcomers? – Mark Booth Jun 14 '12 at 14:19
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    @MarkBooth I forgot about that. I think we have to make some assumptions occasionally. Such as that any user who wants to set up a dhcp server already knows what sudo is. If not, they can ask in a comment. – Jivings Jun 14 '12 at 14:21

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