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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. A guide for that can be found here:

  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. Please click the dhcpwiz button to start the program: 

  5. Press next at the welcome screen.

  6. Click on the network card to which you want to start your DHCP pool. In the following example, the PC has a static IP of Press next:

  7. Configure this screen only if you want to give your hosts the IP of a DNS server or set up file transfers. For our purposes, you don’t need to do this: 

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

  9. Now you will create you INI file, which is the DHCP file that the program runs to create the server. It includes your configurations. If you have used this program before then select overwrite existing file, if not then select write existing file after a destination has been selected. You can use the default settings. Press next:  

  10. After you write the INI file, you will see the following screen. You don’t want to install this as a service because that increases the chance that you will leave the program running unintentionally. To run the software as a one-time application, mark the checkbox for Run DHCP server. You will also need to add the software as an exception to Windows Firewall since the firewall service can sometimes block certain server applications. Select Admin, then Configure under “Firewall Exceptions”, then Exit. Then Press Finish on the “DHCP configuration completed” screen: 

  11. 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: 

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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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