How to configure your computer for DHCP

What is DHCP?

DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) is used by your computer to request a leased IP address. An IP address is required in order to use K-State's network.

Find the set of instructions corresponding to your operating system below for help configuring your computer to use DHCP.

Configuring DHCP

Microsoft Windows XP
  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections.
  3. Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and select Properties.
  4. Select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.
  5. Select Obtain an IP address automatically.
  6. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  7. Click OK or Close to exit any remaining windows. Your computer is now configured to use DHCP.
Microsoft Windows Vista
  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet. (Skip this step if you don't see this item listed in the Control Panel)
  3. Find "Local Area Connection" and click on View Status.
  4. Select Properties. If you get a prompt asking for permission to continue, click Continue.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  6. Select Obtain an IP address automatically.
  7. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  8. Click OK to close the TCP/IP Properties window.
  9. Click OK or Close to exit any remaining windows. Your computer is now configured to use DHCP.
Microsoft Windows 7
  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet. (Skip this step if you don't see this item listed in the Control Panel)
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Under "View your active Networks", click on Local Area Connection and select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  6. Select Obtain an IP address automatically.
  7. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  8. Click OK to close the TCP/IP Properties window.
  9. Click OK or Close to exit any remaining windows. Your computer is now configured to use DHCP.
Mac OS X
  1. Click the Apple Menu (upper left corner of your screen) and select System Preferences, then click on Network.
  2. In the Show: drop-down box, select Built-in Ethernet.
  3. Select the TCP/IP tab.
  4. In the Configure or Configure IPv4 drop-down box, select Using DHCP.
  5. Leave all remaining fields blank and click Save.
Linux

DHCP configuration in Linux will depend on your distribution. For general help, please see the Client Setup section of the DHCP mini howto at The Linux Documentation Project website.

For more specific information, please see the documentation provided with your distribution