How to set up static DHCP with OpenWRT

This blog post explains how to set up the DHCP server running within OpenWRT so it always assigns the same IP address to some of the hosts.

In the LuCI web interface, select Administration, then Network / DHCP / Leases. Add your (MAC address, IP address) entries to the Static leases list. Click on Save & Apply. Ask for a new IP address at your computer. (On Debian and Ubuntu, do an ifdown eth0; ifup eth0; on Windows, do an ipconfig /renew /all, or use the Control Panel to bring the network interface down and then up again.)

Should you not get the static IP address you've set up, double check that you have specified the MAC address correctly. If you still don't get it, SSH onto the router, and run the following commands:
root@OpenWrt:~# /etc/init.d/dnsmasq stop
root@OpenWrt:~# true >/var/dhcp.leases
root@OpenWrt:~# /etc/init.d/dnsmasq start
Once this is done, ask for a new IP address at your computer.

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