How to make sure your device gets an automatically assigned IP address via DHCP.


Press the Windows-key + R, enter ncpa.cpl and confirm with OK or Enter.


Right click on the adapter you want to change to automatic IP address configuration with DHCP and choose Properties.


Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in the list and click on Properties.


In the now appearing window, the settings Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically have to be checked, as seen in the screenshot.

It that is the case, this network adapter is already correctly configured to DHCP and you don't have to change anything.


If you find manual settings in this window (like in the example screenshot), we recommend to transfer them into the Alternate Configuration.

To do so, please note all the IP- and DNS-settings or take a screenshot.


Now, check the settings Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.

On the top, a new tab called Alternate Configuration will now appear. Click on it and transfer all the addresses you have written down in the last step as shown in the screenshot.


Your manual IP settings are now configured as alternative.

This means, that your device will now always try to get a automatic configuration via DHCP for a few seconds. If it fails to do so, it will fall back to the manual configuration.

The benefit is that you don't have to change the settings manually everytime.

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Last update: 17.05.2022 10:16


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