DHCP vs Static IP Address


This article describes the difference between DHCP and Static IP Address as well as when they should be used.



Static IP Address is an address that never changes.

  • It is recommended that all IP cameras are configured with predefined static IP addresses.
  • If the IP address changes randomly you may lose connection through the VMS.

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a protocol that automatically assigns free IP Addresses to devices such as IP cameras that are connected to the network.

  • It is not recommended to use DHCP addressing unless you have and IT administrator that can manage the DHCP pools.
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2015-03-10 19:53
Adam R.
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