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Wierd DHCP Address 169.254

When setting my laptop to DHCP, I am getting an address w/subnet
We do not use DHCP, so I am wondering where this address is coming from.
Is it possible that this is just an address assigned when no DHCP server can be found?

I tried to use DHCPEXPLORER and it did not detect any servers?

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That would be correct.  This is the address range that the machine assigns if no DHCP is available.
Jessie Gill, CISSPTechnical ArchitectCommented:
that address is teh default ip a macine gets if it can not reach a dhcp server or if it does not have a static ip.  It is called AIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing)

check that link out gives more info
Yep, no DHCP server to communicate with and the NIC configures itself with 169.254.x.x....  This is a common & complex problem when workstations that DO have DHCP enabled to pick up a dynamic IP.  The real problem with this 169.254 addy, is getting Windows to release the address and permitting the NIC to check (again) for a DHCP server.  Often the problem is a windows "socket" issue.

So ainselyb, are you online - no problem & this is only a question - or are you unable to get online b/c you are unable to release the AIPA addy and get a valid IP from your DHCP server?


Hmmm, looks like ainselyb lost more than the dhcp servers.... ;)

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