You probably DO want to use dhcp to get your static IP, assuming your netgear will support it. Most routers have a configuration what allows you to enter assign static IPs to any interface on the LAN based on it's MAC address. If not then ....
Connecting to a network, joining a LAN, requires these steps
1/ assign an IP & a mask to the interface. Use system-config-network. Select an Ip within your LAN subnet range but OUTSIDE your router's dhcp assignemnt range.
2/ Setup a route table. Otherwise your computer has no clue what to do with packets that aren't on your LAN. Use dhcp once more and when connected type "route", and save the information. You need to reproduce this in a routing table. If you have a singe gateway you can use the "system-config-network" tool. Otherwise you'll need to create a script to enter al lthe route commands and set it to run on every boot.
3/ You need DNS name resolution. The /etc/resolv.conf is the configuration there. Without DNS when you enter a name (like www.google.com
) there is no way to resolve this to an IP address.
Anyway the "best practices" way to deal with this is not configure your server, but instead configure your dhcp server (router).