Setting up Raspberry Pi as a DHCP, NTP, and DNS server

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The versatile Raspberry Pi can serve many roles on a home network. We'll show you how to set up the Pi to provide some important network services.

The tiny US$ 35 Raspberry Pi computer [1] is gaining attention around the world as an education tool and a plaything for hobbyists. But, many users are discovering that the Rasp Pi can do real, practical things for a small network. After all, the Raspberry Pi is a real Linux computer, complete with an Ethernet port and USB ports.

The system is admittedly light on resources – with only 512MB memory and file storage on an SD card, but for simple tasks that aren't too resource-intensive, the Pi performs well. The fact that the Pi runs with very low power usage and hardly takes up any space are actually benefits in some scenarios, especially on home networks with little space and low demand.

This article describes how to set up the Raspberry Pi to perform a few common network services, including:

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