I have explained in a little more detail what Doomsday recommends. Basically there are 2 ways to force the router to designate and assign an IP address and associate the IP with the devices physical address (MAC). 1. You do what Doomsday says, set the assignment within the router, by assigning a MAC address to a specific IP. 2. Set the assignment within the device (computer, camera, printer, etc). Both ways do exactly the same without reservations. They both lock together IP & MAC addresses. The advantage of number 2. is this assignment is in the device and is transferred to the router then is permanently in the router each time the router starts starts. If you allow DHCP to set the IP of the device (1.), DHCP will pick an IP within the ranges open in the router and set an IP for the device. This assignment will be stored in the router, and will always be what IP the device will get, even if the router is turned off and on. So basically the camera, computer, etc will always have the same IP regardless if the device or router are rebooted. Once the assignment is established, it is stored in the router software, until you hard reset the router. The advantage of number 2. is this IP MAC assignment is forever locked in the device until you change it. If you change and buy a different router, this assignment is lost if you allow DHCP to set it for you. So in short I believe number 2. is favorable to number 1. So perhaps someone has an idea to the question I originally asked.