DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a networking protocol that enables a server to automatically assign an IP address and other network configuration parameters to a device on a network. DHCP is used to simplify the management of network configurations, as it allows devices to be automatically configured when they connect to a network, rather than requiring each device to be manually configured with a static IP address.

When a device connects to a network, it sends a broadcast message requesting an IP address and other network configuration parameters. The DHCP server receives the request and assigns an available IP address and other configuration parameters to the device. The device then uses these parameters to configure itself and communicate on the network.

DHCP is widely used on networks of all sizes, from home networks to large enterprise networks. It is a convenient and efficient way to manage the allocation of IP addresses and other network configuration parameters, as it allows devices to be easily added and removed from the network without requiring manual reconfiguration.


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