I’ve got my My Book connected with a CAT6 cable directly into my network card and it tends to not be available every now and then. I’ve tried restarting but that doesn’t seem to do any difference. It just seems to randomly connect. When it does connect I have the same icon in My Computer (the drive with a cross over) as earlier so it doesn’t tell me it’s connected, when I do try to open it the icon changes and displays the proper information (space free etc).
I’m thinking it might have to do with my computer acting as DHCP for the connection to the drive. With my limited knowledge of networking I’ve thought that giving the drive a static IP might help, is this a good idea and how do I do that?