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Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Posted: October 1, 2022 | by Michael Bright

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a protocol for network management. Generally it is used on Internet Protocol (IP) networks to provide convenient, automatic, and central management for the distribution of IP addresses within a network.

In addition it provides users with the convinience of not configuring the subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS settings manually.

DHCP services exist for networks running Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), as well as version 6 (IPv6). The IPv6 version of the DHCP protocol is called DHCPv6.

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