Alphabet computing soup

What is DHCP used for?

A) Automatic TCP/IP addressing

B) Transferring files over a Microsoft network

C) Graphical access to a remote computer

D) Encrypted terminal sessions to another device

E) My computer could do with a few less acronyms

The answer: A) DHCP

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is used to automatically configure TCP/IP addressing values on remote devices. Instead of configuring each computer manually, DHCP is used to automate the process without requiring any intervention from the end-user.

Want to know more? Watch “TCP/IP Addressing.”

If you’re configuring a network connection, then you’ll need to know the fundamentals of TCP/IP addressing. In this video, you’ll learn about the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway, and you’ll learn how to configuration your system for automatic or manual network settings.