Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 1:28 AM (in response to GrandmaSmithy)
Sorry, just to add:
As is blatantly obvious, I have all but a Luddite knowledge of all things server and networking.
If anyone is kind enough, or able to help, would you be able to explain in terms that a small child might understand (would say 8 year old, but suspect that may be well above my level, as they're very savvy these days!).
I'm willing to learn, but don't have much knowledge or experience.
I know. A classic case of "All the gear and no idea". Sorry!
Basically, I just want to use the mac mini as a client computer (media streamer) on the main network, rather than having it control the network.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 3:20 AM (in response to GrandmaSmithy)
could be the dhcp scope is not large enough for the amount of devices you have
this can happen if you've brought additional devices that connect to the network and the dhcp scope was orinally setup to only handle your original number of devices
for example orgianly had 2 macbooks and macbook pro, dhcp scope set to cover 3 devices
ipad iphone purchased, you're now 2 ip addresses short if all devices are in use
conections coming back randomly could be because the dhcp server is expiring ip address and making them avaible again.
dhcp ip addresses are leased for x number of hours , if the device comes back on line during the lease time the ip address is retained. Once the device goes off line and the lease time expires the ip address asigned to the device is released for use, the dhcp server will asign the freed address to the next device that requests an ip address
dhcp scope can be easily expanded providing you don't have a large number of devices
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 3:40 AM (in response to GrandmaSmithy)
It is probably not applicable but I used to find that the old round AirPort Extreme base statations would periodically lock up and produce these symptoms. The newer square AirPort Extreme base stations did not have this problem.
These days I would not expect many people to still be using the round ones.
If you have a separate WiFi basestation to your Internet router and you have not rebooted the WiFi basestation then it might be the culrprite so try rebooting it. You could also try when this problem occurs not rebooting the Internet router and seeing if any other Ethernet connected computers are able to access the Internet and therefore see whether it only affects WiFi devices.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 6:38 AM (in response to GrandmaSmithy)
When the DHCP was set-up, we allowed for up to 25 clients, to cover all devices, printers, etc.
The loss of connection can also happen mid-connection, not just after the device has been in sleep/power off mode.
I don't have a separate wifi base station - and my MBP can't connect on a wired connection to the router either.
I would prefer to set up the router to handle the DHCP instead of the server.
Is this as simple as enabling on the router and disabling on the server?