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The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is a networking protocol used on Internet Protocol (IP ) networks. An IP address and other network configuration parameters are dynamically allocated to each computer on the system by a DHCP server connecting with other IP networks. A DHCP server helps computers automatically request Internet Service Provider (ISP) IP addresses and networking specifications, eliminating the need for a network administrator or user to allocate IP addresses to all network equipment manually. In the absence of a DHCP server, an IP address must be assigned manually to a computer or other system on the network. An APIPA address has to be allocated, the latter of which would not allow it to connect outside its local subnet.