Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments, New/Incoming Students, Guests

Cost: No charge.

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a core network service that allocates network addressing dynamically to clients as they shift from one network to another. This service automatically configures clients with network information including IP address, subnet mask, gateway, the proper DNS and WINs servers, and boot-time configuration servers (e.g., PXE Boot and Bootp services) if available. All devices connecting to the wired network in University residences or to the University’s wireless network are required to use DHCP.


DHCP enables devices such as computers and PDAs (Personal Digital Asssistants) to obtain their dynamic network configuration automatically upon connection to the University’s wired or wireless network. DHCP allows you to move these devices from place to place without making any configuration changes.

Key Features

  • facilitates client mobility
  • eases computer administration by dynamically providing network information
  • provides a mechanism to seamlessly change local network information
  • can direct systems to configuration services, such as PXE Boot and Bootp, during start-up

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.


Clients must have a DHCP-capable TCP/IP stack running on their network device and must be configured to use DHCP.

Getting Started

  • For help setting up a computer to use DHCP, see Accounts & Access.
  • Contact us if your department or research group has specific questions regarding the local configuration of DHCP, including information about boot-time configuration services.