On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 01:14:55PM -0700, Chad R. Larson wrote:
> At 05:29 PM 2/15/2004, Mitch \(WebCob\) wrote:
> >Don't think it will keep your lease for you.
> An RFC compliant DHCP server is supposed to give you back the same IP
> address as you last had, even if the lease has expired, as long as it has
> not been reallocated.
You are right that the RFC states that the server SHOULD behave as you
said. However, it says more on the behavior. This is taken from RFC2131:
As described in section 4.2, a server MAY, for administrative
reasons, assign an address other than the one requested, or may
refuse to allocate an address to a particular client even though free
addresses are available.
In reality, many cable modem providers love to force address changes
periodically by forcing the server to require a new address for the
There was a period of time when the local cable company was forcing an IP
address change for each request and lease renewal request. After a large
number of people complained about their TCP sessions crashing when IP
addresses changed, they stopped being quite so antagonistic.
Personally, I think too many ISPs are geared to feed consumers (as if
they were TV watchers) instead of customers, and are actually
anti-customer. But that's another thread... ;)
Anyway, hope this helps.