A very simple question that I seem unable to find a straight forward google answer for:

how do I setup a Cisco 2600 series router as a DHCP server for a network and also how do I set DHCP options (such as DNS server etc) ?


  • Which version IOS software?
    – jscott
    Sep 27 '17 at 1:01
  • IOS version is 12.0(5)
    – takesides
    Sep 27 '17 at 9:13

This is pretty much the same across all versions of the IOS you might be running on a 2600 router. I'm also assuming you are familiar with general Cisco router configuration (e.g. exec mode, privileged mode, configuration mode, etc.) I've included a few of the common DHCP option in this configuration example excerpt:

ip dhcp excluded-address
ip dhcp pool NAMEHERE
 network /24
 domain-name cisco.com

Note that each pool you create needs a unique, case-sensitive, name (NAMEHERE in this example). In the example the first 10 addressed of the subnet are reserved for static use (DHCP will start with and the clients will receive a primary and secondary DNS server as well as a default gateway.

See the Cisco documentation on DHCP pools from IOS 12.2 for more information and options.

  • Excellent. Thanks Ben. It's surprising how the simplest things in IOS are so hard to find out.
    – takesides
    Sep 27 '17 at 6:42
  • How does one display current DHCP server settings?
    – takesides
    Sep 27 '17 at 6:44
  • Just show the running config show run Sep 27 '17 at 6:45
  • sh run and show ip dhcp bind
    – Aaron D
    Oct 1 '17 at 15:11

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