DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a standardized
networking protocol used by servers on an IP network to allocate IP
addresses to computers. The purpose of DHCP is to automate the IP
address configuration of a computer without a network administrator. IP
addresses are typically selected from a range of assigned IP addresses
stored in a database on the server and issued to a computer which
requests a new IP address. An IP address is assigned to a computer for a
set interval, after which, the computer must renew the IP address or
acquire a new one.
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