Understand Whether the IP Address Will Be Static or Dynamic
The factory-default behavior for every DMP is to obtain and use a dynamic IP address from a DHCP server in its local network segment.
Note Alternatively, your DMP can use a pseudo-random IP address. See the “Understand Pseudo-random IP Addressing” section.
Nonetheless, your DMP must have an IP address — even when you will deploy it where the local network segment does not include any DHCP server among its nodes.
In this case, you must configure your DMP before you deploy it. This technique is sometimes called a green field deployment. The configuration steps differ in Ethernet and wireless networks.
Understand Pseudo-random IP Addressing
When you allow it to do so, your DMP can generate its own pseudo-random IP address in the 169.254.0.0/16 subnet. It does this only when all of these statements are true:
- You choose Disabled from the Verify Link list on DMPDM’s Network page. Then, you save this change and restart your DMP.
- You unplug the Ethernet cable from yor DMP.
- After your DMP restarts, you wait approximately 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) — the interval that triggers DHCP timeout.
Connect Over Ethernet
Before You Begin
- Does a security policy in your network restrict DHCP address assignments to known MAC addresses? If so, locate the MAC address printed on a sticker that is affixed to your DMP. Then, share this address with your security policy administrator.
- Does your DMP support wireless networking? If so, consider whether you might prefer to use that method instead of this one.
Step 1 Plug one end of a standard Ethernet cable into the corresponding socket on your DMP.
Step 2 Plug the other end of this cable into a network hub, network switch, or router whose network uses DHCP to allocate IP addresses dynamically.
Step 3 Stop. You have completed this procedure.
Connect Over Wireless (802.11 b/g)
Note You can configure wireless network settings during a later phase of DMP setup, if your DMP supports this feature. However, there are other tasks that you must finish first. When you are ready to configure wireless settings, these topics say how.