What is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)?

Information about Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.

What is DHCP all about?

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is a client/server protocol that provides an IP host with its IP address and other configuration such as subnet mask and default gateway. It also allow hosts to obtain necessary TCP/IP configuration information from a DHCP server.

Benefits of DHCP

* Reliable IP address configuration
* Reduced network administration

Why use DHCP

Every device on a TCP/IP-based network must have a unique IP address to access the network and its resources. Without it, IP addresses must be configured manually for new devices and/or modified devices, or when devices are removed from the network.

With DHCP, the process are automated and managed centrally. Meaning, whenever there is a new device the free IP address will be assigned to it, and when no longer in use will be returned to the pool of IP addresses for reallocation.

For further information about DHCP, I suggest to visit the Microsoft Technet website.

Sources and Citations

Microsoft Technet.

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