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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
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protocol (DHCP) A protocol that provides a means to
dynamically allocate IP addresses to computers on a localarea network. The system administrator assigns a range of
IP addresses to DHCP and each client computer on the LAN has
its TCP/IP software configured to request an IP address from
the DHCP server. The request and grant process uses a lease
concept with a controllable time period.