What is the function of DHCP?

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. The built-in DHCP server automatically assigns IP addresses to the computers and other devices on each local area network (LAN). In this section you can view a list of assigned IP addresses and reserve IP addresses for particular devices.

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Active Leases: A list of devices that have been provided DHCP leases. The DHCP server automatically assigns these leases. This list will not include any devices that have static IP addresses on the network. Select a device and click Reserve to add the device and its IP address to the list of Reservations.

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Reservations: This is a list of devices with reserved IP addresses. This reservation is almost the same as when a device has a static IP address except that the device must still request an IP address from the router. The router will provide the device the same IP address every time. DHCP reservations are helpful for server computers on the local network that are hosting applications such as Web and FTP. Servers on your network should either use a static IP address or a reservation.

While you have the option to manually input the information to reserve an IP address (Hostname, Hardware Addr, IP Addr), it is much simpler to select a device under the Active Leases section and click “Reserve.” The selected device’s information will automatically be added underReservations.


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