How To Shorten Dhcp Lease Time?

Your computers, printers, and other such devices that are connected to a LAN (Local Area Network) should have an IP address to communicate with each other and also connect to the Internet. In case your network uses DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to assign the IP addresses to your devices, then these IP addresses will not be assigned permanently. DHCP assigns these IP addresses to the devices temporarily for fixed periods of time. Scroll down this page to know how to shorten DHCP lease time.

The DHCP Lease time  is the time from the assigning of IP addresses to your computers/devices (in your network) by your router up to the time at which it expires. You can alter this DHCP lease time on your Windows 10 computer (connected to your network) easily.

Let us now see how to shorten the DHCP Lease time on your Windows 10 computer:

If you wish to shorten your DHCP lease time, you have to access the DHCP settings on your router. Follow the steps given here to do the same:

NOTE: We will be using the ASUS ZenWiFi AX (XT8)  router for the following demonstration. Even if the settings might vary according to the model of your router, the basic steps will usually be the same on all models.

Now, continue reading to know how to shorten DHCP Lease time  your Windows.

  • Step 1 : Open the default browser on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Step 2 : In the address or URL bar of the browser, type your router’s IP address.
  • Step 3 : Log into the router using your credentials.
  • Step 4 : Once you are within the web interface of the router, locate the advanced settings section known as LAN and access it. The LAN configuration page will now open up.
  • Step 5 : On this page, access the DHCP Server tab or section.
  • Step 6 : In the DHCP Server settings section, locate the Lease time This will be your router’s DHCP lease time. This DHCP Lease time will be specified in seconds and not in minutes, hours, or days.
  • Step 7 : To shorten the DHCP Lease time of your router, type in the desired time in seconds. Since you are going to “shorten” the lease time, enter a value that is lesser than the existing one.
  • Step 8 : Once you are done entering the DHCP Lease time, click on the Apply, Save, or OK button (based on your router settings) to save the changed settings.
  • Step 9 : Youhave to reboot the router to set the renewed DHCP Lease time .

You have now successfully know how to shorten DHCP lease time on your Windows 10 computer.