This is not a really new topic, but I can't search for my old posts, since the search engine says I can't make a search so soon after my previous one, even if there was no previous one... Oh, well.
Anyway, some time ago I asked for help in setting up my laptops to access my mail and file server at home from everywhere, including home, and Neil Bothwick was very nice in pointing me to his article in LXF 170 on setting up a local DNS using dnsmasq. In the article it also says that one should set up dnsmasq as the LAN's DHCP server so it knows where the various computers are, and consequently disable the router's DHCP service.
I dragged my feet for a long time, and finally today I tried to put this idea to work. Unfortunately, once I disabled my router's DHCP service, the server and all other wired machines lost the network and would not connect, even after having been given an IP manually (and, hopefully, having set up dnsmasq, resolv.conf and so on as directed). I could connect with a wireless interface, by setting an IP manually, though. So, now I am back at the original set-up, but I would like to set the dnsmasq set-up to work.
I am a total newbie in terms of networks (I can just do a manual basic ifconfig or iwconfig as my high point), so I suspect I am missing something really simple. The router is a D-Link DIR-601, if that's useful information. Thank you for any suggestion