Watching performance on a DHCP Server

Simon Hobson dhcp1 at
Mon Feb 11 17:13:23 UTC 2008

Blake Hudson wrote:

>I'm assuming that the main advantage to a short lease time is that 
>hosts that join and leave a network give their leases up more 
>rapidly (keeping IP pool usage as low as possible). The main 
>advantage to longer lease times being load on the DHCP server. If I 
>have a relatively stable network (only known macs are allowed) then 
>it seems like a longer lease time (say 7-14 days) is more 
>appropriate. And on a relatively stable cable or DSL network 
>anything between 5-7 days seems acceptable? Volatile networks (wifi 
>hotspots?) would probably benefit from a 1 hour or shorter lease 
>Does it sound like I am in the right ballpark with these figures?

Yes, that is more or less it.

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