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Auto discovery

We are rolling out our NAS product and at the present time we ask the customer what IP addresses, net mask and subnet address they want to use. I would like to be able to send the NAS device out and be able to have the customer simply connect the device to their network and be able to see the device. Is there a way to allow this auto discovery to occur?

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There is one way to do this but many network/system administrators don't allow it in their networks. You could configure your NAS device to use DHCP and allow the IP address to be assigned dynamically. DHCP stands for dynamic host connection protocol. Unix and Windows NT/2000 systems support DHCP. You might want to check out how the Snap device is installed.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

This was first published in September 2001

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