DHCP Plug and Play

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LinuxMCE allows a user to plug in any type of device and automatically configures it and lets the user start using it right away without doing anything. The way this is accomplished is with an extension to the DHCP server. When a new device is plugged into the network and requests an IP address, this program connects to a central database to do a lookup of the device's unique MAC address to see what type of device it is. The database defines all the configuration data the device needs to run, and references the software drivers needed. This program then downloads and installs any needed software, adds configuration pages for the device to the user's LinuxMCE Admin Website, and adds the device in the user's local database.