What is DHCP and how does it work?
Like many things in the world of electronics and computers, it would take many posts to cover every aspect of what DHCP is in its entirety.
Because of this, I’m going to make a few assumptions about you, the reader.
First, I assume that you have a few computers/devices at home on a small network with a router as the default gateway and have some interest in how all things electronic (including computers) work.
Secondly, I assume that you’re an electronics enthusiast and may wish to build a project that can connect to a network using DHCP.
Third, you’re not a network administrator of a large corporation or university. Because of this, we’ll cover the basics of DHCP and how it works, but won’t be covering more advanced features of DHCP in detail. Nor will we discuss installing and/or configuring DHCP on a server running a network operating system (NOS) like Windows Server 20xx.
Now let’s answer the question: what is DHCP?