DHCP lets a network administrator supervise and distribute IP addresses from a central point and automatically sends a new IP address when a device is plugged into a different location on the network. DHCP can also assign dial-up users an IP address automatically when they connect to the network. Some DHCP servers can support fixed addresses for devices that need a static IP address.
The MAP Gateway can obtain its IP address and other network information using DHCP. Each device that can connect to the Ethernet network needs a unique IP address. Without DHCP, the IP address must be entered manually for each device; and, if the devices are moved to another subnet on the network, you must enter a new IP address. The MAP Gateway supports both dynamic and static IP address assignments.