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Connecting a notebook using DHCP

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) allows one to automatically connect to the network. A DHCP server resides on the network which automatically assigns IP addresses to client workstations logging onto a TCP/IP network.

Instructions have been provided for various operating systems.

Windows XP

Apple Mac OS X

  • From the Apple Menu choose System Preferences, then Network.
  • Select Built-in Ethernet and then Configure.
  • Select the TCP/IP tab.
  • Set the Configure IPv4: selection to Using DHCP.
  • All other fields should be blank.
  • Click Apply Now to save the changes to your current configuration.

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Gnome Desktop on Linux Computer

  • From a Gnome desktop goto System / Administration / Network you may need the superuser password
  • A window with the title Network Configuration appears
  • Select the Devices tab
  • Select eth0 (or the equivalent ethernet device name) and double click
  • Under General make sure the automatically obtain IP address settings with radio button is selected
  • Change the option to dhcp click OK and close the Network Configuration window
  • Select Yes to do you want to save your changes
  • Either restart network ( /etc/init.d/network restart or /etc/init.d/networking restart as root or using sudo) or reboot the system

  • This can also be easlily performed from the CLI
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Original: John Giovannis (8th March 2004), modified: Brett Lennon ()