Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

A protocol that provides a means to allocate an IP address dynamically to computers on a LAN. It eliminates the need to assign permanent IP addresses manually.

DHCP software runs on servers and can be found in network devices (such as routers) that allow multiple users to access the Internet.

Historical perspective: Microsoft introduced DHCP on their Windows NT server in 1994. Newer DHCP servers dynamically updated DNS servers after assigning the addresses.

See also : protocol  
NetLingo Classification: Net Technology