can I manually assign an IP to the Pi, or do I have to configure my own DHCP to always hand out the same IP?
Hi.There are 3 ways to solve this:1) Modify network configuration files on the Pi using SSH. Here is the manualhttp://elinux.org/RPi_Setting_up_a_static_IP_in_Debian2) Bind RPi's MAC address to certain IP address using you router settings.3) Wait(for couple of weeks, I believe) and get out new version of RPi image that will contain interface for pre-configuration of RPi images. This way you will be able customize settings(including network settings) before flashing the image. But this feature could take more time to implement, please don't take this as promise.
thanks, I will use option 1. this should be added the the walk through for setting up the RPi.