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Why my router assigning the wrong address via DHCP

I have a WRT54G router that is set up to serve out addresses via DHCP. It correctly serves up addresses to every other machine on the network, including another PC, my macbook when connected via wireless, my wife's notebook, and our printer. However, whenever I attach my macbook to the router via an ethernet cable, the address it is given via DHCP is wrong.

My local network is set up as 192.168.1.*.

However, when my macbook connects with an ethernet cable, it is given the IP 192.168.29.*.

Currently, I have the macbook set up with a manual IP address, and all seems to be working fine.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?

On both of my ADSL Wireless routers (one US Robotics, one NetGear), there is a way to review which DHCP leases have been granted - a list of MAC addresses, the assigned IP address, and the life of the lease. My Netgear router calls this "Attached Devices".

When you review this with your LinkSys WRT54G, does your Macbook show up?

This will allow you to identify whether the router is supplying the odd IP address, or whether it's coming from elsewher.

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Is your router setup for two different subnets?

You can 1) Check the subnet mask or 2) Just plug another device into the same physical port where you plugged your MacBook and see if it's also 192.168.29.*

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