Microduino ENC Network (2)

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This tutorial will show you how to use a DHCP server to automatically configure network parameters.



Usually, in local network you can find a DHCP server (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), that is a service which automatically configure the devices connected to the network.

Without explaining too deeply the protocol, it works this way: The device (client) that needs an IP address, sends a DISCOVERY broadcast packet (that is a packet which will reach all the devices in the network), to “discover” if there are DHCP servers available;

If one or more DHCP servers are alive, they answer with an OFFER packet, “proposing” an available IP address to the requesting client;

The client chooses one of the offered IP addresses and sends a REQUEST packet, to ask for permission to use that address;

The server that proposed it, answers with an ACK packet to confirm the IP address association.


Luckly what I described above has altready been implemented for us in the dhcp.cpp library file: I’m going to show a simple sketch using DHCP services.


  • Microduino-ENC28J60
  • Microduino-RJ45
  • Microduino-Core
  • Microduino-FT232R

Stack all modules and then connect the ethernet cable, as follows:



Download the program: https://github.com/Microduino/Microduino_Tutorials/tree/master/Microduino_ENC/ENCnetworktwo


Step 1:Download the EtherCard library and copy to your libraries fold of IDE, then restart IDE. https://github.com/jcw/ethercard

Step 2:Explain the program:

//First, I haven’t defined a fixed IP address anymore, just the MAC address. The controller’s initialization is still run with the usual begin() method.

ether.dhcpSetup(); //The dhcpSetup() method performs all the steps detailed above: looks for a DHCP server, check its replies, choose an IP address and ask for permission to use it. That method waits for 30 seconds, after that it returns an error.

ether.printIp(); //The printIp() method is an easy way to print on serial monitor an IP address (that is stored in Ethernet buffer as an array of uint8_t).

Step 3:Compile the code and download it.

Step 4:If everything goes right, you should be able to ping your Arduino again:



And our DHCP server will show a new device connected (EtherCard library chooses Microduino-XX as device name,with XX the last octet of MAC address).