An important issue in the IP addressing design is how the addresses will be assigned. One way would be to use static assigning and the other way would be to use dynamic protocols such as the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Deciding on the address allocation method requires answering the following questions:
- How many end-systems are there?
For a small number of hosts (less than 50), consider using statically/manually assigned addresses; however, if there are several hundred systems, use DHCP to speed up the address allocation process (i.e., avoid manual address allocation).
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