1. Initial DHCP discovery
UDP 0.0.0.0:68 (00:00:39:1C:0C:32) > 255.255.255.255:67 (FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF) DHCP DISCOVER
At this point the client has no IP address and so uses a source address of
0.0.0.0 and source port of 68 (often referred
bootpc, the BOOTP client port - BOOTP being the
forerunner of DHCP). The packet is sent as a UDP broadcast on port 67
bootps). Normally this packet will be seen by any host on
the local subnet.
Because the OUCS DHCP Service has two servers acting for many
different subnets, the packets must be passed from the local subnet to the
servers at OUCS. This is done at the router, which will forward any
broadcast packet received on an interface to the central DHCP servers
126.96.36.199: any change to
their IP addresses will be announced in advance on the itss-announce
mailing list). The forwarding
is performed as unicast packets from the router to each server in turn.