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What is the difference with Static IP address and Dynamic IP address?

Static IP addressing is for one customer on one IP address and Dynamic IP addressing assigns a different IP address each time the ISP customer logs on to their computer, but this is dependent upon the Internet Service Provider (ISP) because some ISP’s only change the IP address as they deem it necessary.

If you have Dynamic IP Addressing through your Website Host it means that you are sharing an IP Address with several other customers.

If you feel the need to always know what your IP address is then you need a Static IP address, because it is constant.

Static IP addresses are more reliable for:

  • Voice over Internet protocol.
  • More reliable to host a gaming website or to play through gaming consoles.
  • Use virtual private network for secure access to files from your company network, computer etc.
  • It is also very reliable if you use computer as a server- it will give your file server faster file uploads and downloads.
  • When you are hosting a website, you are not sharing your IP with another company who sends out a lot of e-mail or spam.

In contrast a static IP address can become a security risk, because the address is always the same. Static IP’s are easier to track for data mining companies. Static IP addressing is less cost effective than Dynamic IP Addressing.

Dynamic IP Addressing

 

The biggest advantages of Dynamic IP Addressing are less security risk as the computer is assigned a new IP address each time the customer logs on.

  • They are cost effective and there is automatic network configuration (the less human intervention with network configuration the better).
  • Dynamic addressing is usually used by ISP’s so that one IP address can be assigned to several users..
  • Dynamic IP Addressing can be used by families with several computers or by a small business owner who has a home office.

In contrast, Dynamic IP addressing should not be used for VOIP, VPN, playing online games or game hosting because Dynamic IP addressing is less reliable then Static IP addressing and could cause the service to disconnect while you are on a VOIP, VPN or gaming.

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