ISS strongly recommends that all machines on the University network are configured by DHCP unless there are specific reasons not to. Use of DHCP is the default configuration for most PC Operating Systems.
DHCP is a protocol that allows a network device to be centrally configured, thus ensuring that network settings are up to date and consistent across all machines on a network.
If you intend to connect a new device to the network (PC, printer etc) you should contact your departmental or Faculty IT rep who will liaise with ISS to collect the necessary information to ensure that your machine is correctly registered so that it receives a permanent IP address and hostname. Unregistered machines will have restricted access to network resources.