Motorola Canopy and static IP's

Geordie geordi at
Tue Feb 4 18:53:37 UTC 2014

Good Day

I need some help in establishing a static addresses on LAN PC's.
The topography is as follows
Wireless Motorola Canopy
Server with LXC containers; a bunch of PC's; Printer

The Motorola Canopy issues a dynamic ip address in the range of
169.254.1.x gateway of

If I set  /etc/network/interfaces to

allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet static
I am unable to connect to the internet       

allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

2: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast
state UP group default qlen 1000 link/ether 00:22:48:10:22:b6 brd
ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff inet brd scope global
eth0 valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::222:68ff:fe10:24b6/64 scope link
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
I have a connection.

I have tried this in /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf
and it was just overwritten with
I even tried deleting the leases, that did not work

lease {
  interface "eth0";
#  medium "link0 link1";
#  option host-name "";
#  option subnet-mask;
#  option broadcast-address;
#  option routers;
#  option domain-name-servers;
#  renew 2 2000/1/12 00:00:01;
#  rebind 2 2000/1/12 00:00:01;
#  expire 2 2000/1/12 00:00:01;

Would setting up a dhcp-server or a dhcp-relay help?
There is a lot of info on the web, but I could not find anything
related to what problems I have and my google foo is not that good

  Installed: 4.2.4-7
  Candidate: 4.2.4-7
  Version table:
 *** 4.2.4-7 0
        500 unstable/main amd64 Packages
I would like the server and lxc containers to maintain a static IP.
Both the server and a large number of the containers will need access
to the wan

Any help would be appreciated

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