How to Find Out Which Server Issued Your DHCP Address


Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a networking technology that serves IP addresses to authorized machines. DCHP is beneficial for network administrators, because the administrator does not need to statically assign and keep track of client IPs. Instead, the process is controlled on the DHCP server. When a Windows computer accesses the network and retrieves an IP address, the DHCP server that served the address can be displayed using the DOS command prompt.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run." Enter "cmd" into the text box and press the "OK" button. This opens the DOS command prompt.

  • Type "ipconfig" into the DOS command prompt. Using this command, you can view the current IP address of your machine. It also gives you the default gateway and subnet, which is used to send communication packages on the network.

  • Type "ipconfig /all" into the command prompt. The "/all" switch gives you more detailed information of your network card settings, including the DHCP server.

  • Scroll down the DOS command prompt results and view the section labeled "DHCP Server." This is the server that assigned your computer's IP address.

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