Access local IP address without dialing up

Category: Quickies

Q:

I'm trying to set up a small network (3 PC's, 1 network printer, 1 NAS device) using static IP addresses. I have succeeded in configuring all of the devices, but when I try to connect to, say, the NAS's configuration screen (browser interface), the PC's dialup adapter (currently using dialup at each PC for internet access) insists on connecting to the ISP before it will load the local page. How can I disable the dialup connection for local addresses?




A:

Your computer doesn't seem to know that the IP address you're trying to access is on the inTRAnet, and not the inTERnet. Not being a LAN guru, I'm not sure if there is a way to specify to the Windows networking component that an IP address is local.

Although this isn't really a complete fix, have you tried telling IE to never dial out? Go to Tools / Internet Options / Connections, and select the "Never dial a connection" radio box. If this allows you to access intranet resources without dialing, then the only downside will be that you'll have to explicitly connect to the Internet by clicking on your dialup networking icon.

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