HOW DO I TELL IF I AM CONNECTED TO A DHCP SERVER?

To find out if your network is connected to a DHCP server, access a computer connected to the network and follow these steps:
 
If your computer uses Windows 98 operating system:

Left Click the Start icon in the bottom left corner of your monitor

Move your mouse onto Settings, then left click on My Computer in the next pop up submenu

In the next window, double left click on Network

In the next windows, left click on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" to highlight it

Left click the "properties" button in the middle right hand side of the window

If your computer uses Windows 2000 operating system:

Left Click on the Start icon in the bottom left corner of your monitor

Move your mouse onto Settings, then left click on the Network and Dial-Up Connections in the next pop up sub menu

In the next window, right click on the icon that's labeled "Local Area Connection” and left click on properties

In the next windows, left click on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" to highlight it

Left click the "properties" button in the middle right hand side of the window

If your computer uses Windows XP operating system

Left Click on the Start icon in the bottom left corner of your monitor

Right click on the My Network Places

In the next window, right click on the icon that's labeled "Local Area Connection” left click on properties

In the next windows, left click on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" to highlight it

Left click the "properties" button in the middle right hand side of the window

In the next window, if the option to "Obtain an IP address automatically” is chosen, then the network that the computer is connected to is also connected to a DHCP server, and so your DVR can use the DHCP server to get it's own network information