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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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10.5 Configuring network interfaces using DHCP

Low-level configuration of network interfaces can be automated by means of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Your firewall or router box or your broadband ISP may furnish IP addresses and other parameters this way.

To make this work you must install one of the following packages:

  • dhcp3-client (version 3, Internet Software Consortium)

  • dhcpcd (Yoichi Hariguchi and Sergei Viznyuk)

  • pump (Red Hat)

pump is simple and widely used. dhcp3-client is complex but more configurable. [ 55]

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