What is DHCP Discovery?
A DHCP Server is a network server that automatically provides and assigns IP addresses, default gateways and other network parameters to devices.
It relies on the standard protocol known as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol or DHCP to respond to broadcast queries by devices.
A DHCP server automatically assigns the IP address to devices to communicate/connect on the network. Without it, the network administrator has to manually set up every device that joins the network. DHCP servers usually assign each device with a unique dynamic IP address, which changes when the device’s lease for that IP address has expired.
DHCP provides the Reliable IP address configuration and Reduced network administration.
How can the DHCP Discovery tool help me troubleshoot my network?
The purpose of the DHCP Discovery tool is to help you find IPV4 DHCP Servers on each of your network interfaces and see the information they are offering in response to a DHCP_DISCOVER query. You can use this tool to discover DHCP servers to investigate and solve device connectivity issues.
To use the DHCP Discovery tool on Fing Desktop:
- Click on the Tools tab
- Select DHCP Discovery and click Start
See below an example of a successful DHCP discovery, below:
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