How DHCP Works

It’s the hidden staple of modern day life.

A device connects wirelessly/plugs into a network and after a few minutes everything just… works (usually). You can browse the internet just fine and its like nothing much was done at all.

But how exactly does that work? What happened there behind the scenes? One aspect of the invisible process is the allocation of an IP address to your device. This post will take a brief look at how the DHCP process assigns an IP to devices on the network.

Let’s begin.

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