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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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Session 5: Dynamic configuration

This session considers some of protocols used to configure small networks such as those found at home. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) makes it much easier to manage networks that devices may join and leave. Network address translation (NAT) makes it possible to use private addresses and still communicate with the internet.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand how DHCP configures host devices automatically

  • understand how NAT operates and helps reduce demand for IP addresses

  • set up DHCP on a domestic gateway and configure host devices to obtain network configuration using DHCP.