DHCP and IP Address Management

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is an easy way to access the Internet from any number of different locations or classrooms.

For instance, if you had a laptop that you took from your office to a network-capable theatre, classroom or seminar room, DHCP provides Internet access in both locations without any reconfiguration.

Using the Internet's set of protocols (TCP/IP), each machine that connects to the Internet needs a unique IP address. DHCP is a protocol that lets network administrators centrally manage and automate the assignment of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in an organization's network.

Without DHCP, the IP address must be entered manually at each computer and, if computers move to another location in another part of the network, a new IP address must be entered. DHCP lets a network administrator supervise and distribute IP addresses from a central point and automatically sends a new IP address when a computer is plugged into a different place in the network.


DHCP at the University of Manitoba

DHCP has been implemented in all classrooms that are equipped with network capabilities.

The implementation of DHCP on campus is primarily designed for faculty and staff who use laptops in a number of classrooms across campus. In order to use DHCP in a classroom you will need to have a laptop with an ethernet card and a 10BaseT cable with a BNC connector, or a CAT5 (blue) cable with an RJ-45 connector. The following steps are required to enable DHCP connectivity for your laptop:

  1. Locate your computer's MAC address:
     
  2. Register the MAC address for DHCP connectivity in classrooms

Note: To register for DHCP connectivity in your office, please contact your building LAN administrator.

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