Embedded DHCP Local Server Overview

The router offers an embedded DHCP server, known as the DHCP local server. The DHCP local server has two modes: equal-access and standalone.

Note: E Series routers also support an embedded DHCP version 6 (DHCPv6) local server. The DHCPv6 local server provides a subset of the features of the DHCP local server. For information about configuring the DHCPv6 local server, see Configuring the DHCPv6 Local Server.

DHCP Local Server and Client Configuration

You can use DHCP to configure the router to allow remote access to non-PPP clients. DHCP-based access is also an alternative to PPP in environments such as Public Wireless LANs (PWLANs). In PWLANS, a user scans for available broadband networks, then is redirected to a web-based authentication mechanism to request service.

DHCP provides address assignment information for users. Authentication, authorization, and accounting are separate processes, and are up to the Internet service provider (ISP) to define.

The DHCP local server can configure a client with the following DHCP options:

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