How to Configure a Router to Use DHCP?

By Dominic Cooper on September 20, 2023

An important step of a network setup is to configure your router to use DHCP or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.

It assigns an IP address to each device connected to the router and the network to prevent connection errors since no two devices share an IP address.

This is a pretty straightforward process. If you are unaware of the process, here is an article that will guide you through it.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Configure a Router to Use DHCP?

Configuring a router to use DHCP allows more efficient network configuration. It streamlines the whole process of network setup by reducing the manual configuration efforts to a minimum.

Some other significant benefits of it include:

Here are the steps to follow to configure your router to use DHCP.

Ways to Configure a Router to Use DHCP

The process to configure your router to use DHCP is pretty straightforward and can be done easily by accessing the web interface of your router.

The other steps to follow include:

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Finally, you have to save the changes before rebooting your router for the changes to take effect.

Method: From the Web Interface of the Router

The most common way to configure a router to use DHCP is by accessing the web interface and making the necessary changes.

Notes: Typically, the username and password are written on the label at the back of the router and are ‘admin’ for both, if you have not changed these credentials before.

The IP address may also be written on the label and is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Alternatively, go to Windows search > type cmd > hit Enter > type ipconfig > hit enter > note the Default Gateway address.

However, always refer to your router’s documentation or manual for the exact login details.

Here, a TP-Link router is used for demonstration purposes. The interface and layout of your router may vary. Refer to your router’s documentation for the exact approach while performing these steps.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Login to the admin panel of your router

Dhcp server

Now, if you want to reserve an address, scroll down the window to go to the Address Reservation section.

Address reservation

Click on the Save button

Also click on the Save button, marked by a red arrow in the second image in this demonstration to save the changes you have made to configure the DHCP settings.

Additionally, you can make a few other settings if you want.

Going to Network

Clicking on the Forwarding option

If your router supports Internet Protocol Version 6 or IPv6 along with IPv4, you may check and make the necessary changes there as well.

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Get IPv6 DNS Server Automatically

This completes the setup process. It is a good practice to reboot the system now.

Clicking on the Reboot button

Clicking on the OK

Alternatively, you can also do it physically by power cycling your router if you do not want to through the hassles of rebooting from the admin panel of the router.

To do this, turn off the router > unplug it > wait for a couple of minutes > plug it back again > turn on the router.

This will ensure that the changes you made take effect.

Conclusion

In conclusion, configuring your router to use DHCP is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps.

It will simplify network management and minimize the chances of human errors.

Follow the steps outlined in the guide to ensure an efficient and smooth network setup for seamless connectivity.