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PeeWee
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join:2001-10-21
Madera, CA

Question switch and IP address

Does a computer connected to a switch that is not connected to the network still pick up an IP address from the switch itself? Or does the switch require connectivity before it can allocate an ip address?
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n_w95482
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join:2005-08-03
Ukiah, CA

The switch itself doesn't hand out IP addresses. That would be a DHCP server, whether that's handled by a router with that capability built-in, or from a standalone PC. You can assign a static IP address though.
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PeeWee
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join:2001-10-21
Madera, CA
reply to PeeWee

Then it is logical to assume that a PC getting an IP address is connected to the switch and the switch to a network in order to receive an IP address, correct? Although the allocated IP may be on the wrong vpn or connected to the wrong router. This being strictly DHCP.
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HarryH3
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join:2005-02-21
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It depends on what IP you're seeing. If your PC comes up with a 169.254.x.x address then it is not finding a DHCP server so Windows assigns that one.



PeeWee
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join:2001-10-21
Madera, CA

Thanks. got it.


n_w95482
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join:2005-08-03
Ukiah, CA

1 recommendation

If you would like more info on what HarryH3 See Profile said, read this.
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