What does it mean to "Pin" a client?
By default - the Meter network uses a service called DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). This allows client devices to connect and automatically be assigned an IP address. It is possible that this IP address can change when the client device disconnects and then reconnects to the network - or when a long enough period of time has passed and DHCP must ‘renew’ the IP address.
Sometimes certain resources such as internal servers or NAS devices should have a never changing IP address. This can be accomplished by ‘Pinning’ the IP address. This ensures that the DHCP service only allows a single device to use a certain IP address.
To pin a client:
- Login at dashboard.meter.com
- Click on "Clients"
- Click on the name of the Client device you would like to pin
- Click on the gear icon on the top-right and then "Pin IP address"
- Click on "Save"
The pinned IP address will be listed under "Connection" in the client information section.
The gear icon menu also has the "Rename client" option. This can be used to rename how the client appears in the Dashboard (it does not affect the actual hostname of the client).