Linux.com: CLI for Noobies: Network Tools, Can You Dig It?
May 25, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The typical home user connects to the Internet with a
dynamically assigned IP address. Assignment of these temporary IP
addresses is automated thanks to something called DHCP: Dynamic
Host Configuration Protocol. What that means in practical terms is
that the IP address that identifies you on the Internet today may
point at someone else tomorrow. So if you have a dynamically
assigned IP address and set up a server of some kind on the
Internet, users who access it today might not be able to find it
"Some broadband users may have the same dynamic IP address for
months at a time. Many dialup users never get the same one twice.
But neither can count on having the same address the next time they
connect to the Internet..."