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DHCP Server Setup in RouterOS

Here's a Taste!

With the basic intro to DHCP client in RouterOS completed, it is time to learn about the other half of the DHCP function, that is DHCP Server.


In session 27 of our free MTCNA tutorial, we have brought you a sample of the DHCP server setup process with a few hints and tips on the side to get ready for the implementation of the DHCP client and server on our home lab.


Watch this tutorial below:

Here's a Run Down...

MikroTik routers are capable of simultaneously having a DHCP client and a DHCP server. You can also assign more than one server to a given router; however, each interface on your device can handle only a single DHCP server.


To set up a DHCP server on your MikroTik router, you first need to have a functioning interface, as well as an IP address assigned to that interface. Also, you need to make sure that your interface is not Slave, i.e., it is not part of a bridge. More on that in Module 3...


With these requirements met, you will go through the DHCP server setup process by determining your:


  • Interface;
  • Network address;
  • Default gateway;
  • IP pool;
  • DNS server(s); and,
  • Lease time.

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Feeling Lost?

If you're new to the concept of DHCP clients and servers, we recommend you watch the two video below to learn about the fundamentals of this convenient networking function:

More Training Courses Available!

In addition to our free MTCNA program that is always available on our YouTube channel, we are offering a number of more advanced MikroTik engineering courses both in-person and online.


If you're interested, head over to our training webpage and check out these courses and their dates. Alternatively, you can always give us a call to find out more!