Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
dynamic host configuration protocol

Short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, DHCP is a protocol used to assign an IP address to a computer or device connected to a network automatically. Routers, switches, or servers that use DHCP to assign addresses to other computers can make setup and management easier for the network administrator.

On a home network, DHCP can be set up by purchasing a home router, wireless router, or switch with NAT/DHCP and connecting each computer to it. If the network has a firewall, ports 67 and 68 need to be open for devices to function properly.

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