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The DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Service lets you connect your computer via Ethernet to MITnet from a variety of sites on campus without reconfiguring your computer's network settings each time you move it to a new location.
MIT faculty, staff and students are eligible to use this service, as well as MIT visitors who are granted 14 days of access during a 12-month period, in increments of 1 - 5 days per visit.
To register your device for DHCP service, you will need an Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC).
The ethernet card can be integrated (built-in) to your laptop, or be installed after purchase, according the manufacturer's instructions. If your computer has both an ethernet and wireless card, you can use both interfaces depending on your location and service availability. All dorms and academic buildings are part of both the wired and wireless networks, however only the ethernet card in your machine will need to be registered individually for DHCP service.
There are two options. See Guidelines for DHCP registration before choosing an option.
Option A. Register without an IP address (MIT faculty, staff, students, and guests)
Option B. Register with a static IP address (MIT students, faculty and staff only)
If you experience any difficulties registering for DHCP Service, contact the IS&T Help Desk.