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Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp (RFC2322)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002889D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 9 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. van den Hout: AUTHOR [+3]


This RFC describes a protocol to dynamically hand out ip-numbers on field networks and small events that don't necessarily have a clear organisational body.

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Network Working Group K. van den Hout

Request for Comments: 2322 HvU/HIP-networkteam

Category: Informational A. Koopal

UUnet NL/HIP-networkteam

R. van Mook

University of Twente/HIP-networkteam

1 April 1998

Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.


This RFC describes a protocol to dynamically hand out ip-numbers on

field networks and small events that don't necessarily have a clear

organisational body.

It can also provide some fixed additional fields global for all

clients like netmask and even autoproxyconfigs. It does not depend on

a particular ip-stack.

History of the protocol.

The practice of using pegs for assigning IP-numbers was first used at

the HIP event (http://www.hip97.nl/). HIP stands for Hacking In

Progress, a large three-day event where more then a thousand hackers

from all over the world gathered. This event needed to have a TCP/IP

lan with an Internet connection. Visitors and participants of the

HIP could bring along computers and hook them up to the HIP network.

During preparations for the HIP event we ran into the problem of how

to assign IP-numbers on such a large scale as was predicted for the

event without running into troubles like assigning duplicate numbers

or skipping numbers. Due to the variety of expected computers with

associated IP stacks a software solution like a Unix DHCP server

would probably not function for all cases and create unexpected

technical problems.

So a way of centrally administrating IP-numbers and giving them out

to people to use on their computers had to be devised. After some

discussion, the idea came up of using wooden clothes-pegs. Using pegs

has the following advantages in respect to other methods:

- cheap

- a peg is a 'token' and represents one IP-number, therefore

making the status of the IP-number (allocated or not allocated)


- a peg can be clipped to a network cable giving a very clear

view of where a given IP-number is in use.

Credits for the original idea of using wooden pegs go to Daniel


The server.

The server can have many appearances. At HIP it was a large tent

situated at the central field where all the activities were. It can

also be a small table in the corner of a terminalroom.

The server can hand out two parts to the client, the peg and a paper

with additional fields fixed for the site the serve...