I'd like to manage the IP addresses within my network a little better than my router currently allows.
Before I embark on a journey of learning and (self) discovery, I would first like to know if what I am wanting to do is in fact possible before I waste the next few hours/days on it.
Does a WiFi router have to handle DHCP requests for (any of, but specifically) the WiFi clients?
I want to set up a R&D network within my home mainly for the purpose of developing and testing websites internally on my network. I want to have FQDNs (such that
http://test.bob) resolve for any computer and device on my home network.
I know that I can change the
hosts files to allow a computer to connect, but I want to be able to test mobiles and tablets as well. My router does support unqualified names such that
http://server2/other_page resolve, but it doesn't support
I'm asking because although I know I can set up the wired network like this, with the DHCP server handing out the IP addresses that I want any specific machine to have (and I want everything specifically designated), and DNS to resolve those internal addresses and forward externally (to my ISPs DNS) those that aren't; but I'm not sure of the mechanism involving those connecting via WiFi.
Since the WiFi/modem/router is handling WiFi generally, does that connection mechanism require that IT designates the IP address to the device or can/would it ask/look for a DHCP server and assign as handed out by the server I setup?
Note: I do have a good(-ish) router, and I mostly like it, it just doesn't support specifically what I'm after. I can get into this if you want, but that's not the question here, this (and what's above) is more just a little background as to why I want to do this. My router is presently the central "everything" and I want to split some of it's functionality to a custom server that I have more control over (DHCP & DNS are the specific two, but maybe more down the track). If anyone is interested, I am currently using a Fritz!box 7390