Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used to configure network devices to access the MSU network via dynamic IP address allocation.

MSU IT offers DHCP to departments and units on campus. The service provides greater redundancy and portability across campus for users. For example, a computer configured with Dynamic IP addressing, once registered, can be used at most available Ethernet ports on the MSU campus.

Once a computer is registered, DHCP allows access to the Internet, as well as to the MSU network. People need to register computers and mobile devices for wired and wireless connections separately, but both are done on the same site.

Dynamic IP addressing eliminates the need for individual computers to be configured with a static IP address. This reduces the support requirements for both student computing and computing within individual departments.

The DHCP service is centrally funded and is provided at no charge to users of the MSU network.

This service is supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with regularly scheduled maintenance periods.

No more than 30 minutes of unplanned downtime per month, or an uptime percentage of 99.93%.

Service requests are acknowledged within 48 hours. When a request is made, an expected fulfillment date is provided and sent to the individual requesting the service.

Instructions for registering your computers or devices. To view or manage your individual registered computers or devices, go to dhcp.msu.edu.

In some instances a block many be initiated. Fill out the form to request a DHCP Network Connection Unblock.