How does a Jini-enabled device get an IP address when it enters the network?

Tim Rohaly

Jini requires hosts to have a reachable IP address, but it doesn't specify how these addresses get assigned. A common method of obtaining a dynamic IP address is DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). A DHCP server provides an IP address, subnet mask, and other network configuration information (e.g. gateway and DNS server addresses) to new hosts on a network. The DHCP server must exist on the network, and hosts musts be configured to use DHCP to dynamically acquire this information.