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KB01257 - How to turn your computer (Windows) into a DHCP server to give your Atlona unit an IP address

SKU: All TCP/IP Controllable Devices

Subject:  How to turn your computer into a DHCP server to give your Atlona unit an IP address

Note: This guide is for Windows Operating Systems only

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This guide is intended to show you how to provide an IP address to an Atlona unit whose NIC (network interface card) is set to accept IP addresses automatically using a DHCP server.


Before you begin this guide, please connect your computer to the Atlona product’s LAN port with a CAT5e or better Ethernet patch cable. You will also need to configure your Windows Ethernet Port Settings and assign your PC a static IP address.


 Download and Unzip the DHCP Server Software


  1. Download the DHCP server software here: or via box file here:
  2. Unzip the folder to your computer, such as your downloads folder or your desktop.
  3. Your folder should look like this:

  4. Run dhcpwiz
  5. Press next at the welcome screen.



Configure The DHCP Server


  1. Click on the network adapter you assigned to a static IP, the one you have your Atlona equipment connected to. In the following example, the adapter in use on this PC has a static IP of Press next:

  2. Click next on the Supported Protocols window.

  3. Create your DHCP pool. This the group of IP addresses that your system will assign to devices connected to it. In our example the PC is set to, so this example pool will begin at This is to prevent another host from obtaining the same IP address as the DHCP server which would create a DHCP conflict:

  4. Write the INI file. This is the configuration for the DHCP server. If you have used this program before then select overwrite existing file. Then click Next:  


Run The DHCP Server


  1. Select Run DHCP server immediately. Then select Admin.

  2. Select Admin, then Configure under “Firewall Exceptions”, then Exit.

  3. Press Finish on the “DHCP configuration completed” screen:

  4. At the next screen select Continue as tray app. This will give you an icon in your system tray and will notify you when an IP has been assigned as well as the mac address:

  5. You will see this in the system tray when an IP assignment is successful: 

Now you can access the Atlona unit's WebGUI by inputting the assigned IP address in the browser of your choice’s URL field.


Stopping The DHCP Server


After a static IP has been configured in the device (in the same network as your computer), you will need to disable the DHCP server as to prevent further conflicts.

  • To disable the server, right-click the DHCP server icon in the system tray and select Exit DHCP server:

 Article ID: KB01257 

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