Static IP Address: What Is It And How You Can Get It

Date Aug 19, 2020
Blog category Broadband
By Sieg C

Before talking about whether you need a static IP (Internet Protocol) address or not, it’s important to know exactly what an IP address is first. To put it simply, it’s your identification number that indicates your location on the internet. 

Every device connected to the internet has an assigned IP address. It enables the device to send and receive information across the web. Think of it like your coordinates when driving your car – each location has different coordinates to indicate your whereabouts.

Your internet service provider (ISP) assigns this to you whenever you connect to the web. Usually, IP addresses are dynamic, meaning that they change randomly and regularly. However, if you want to have a static IP address, you can do so… but how? And what is it in the first place? Let’s dig deeper into the subject of static IP addresses...

What is a static IP address?

A static IP address – as the name suggests – is the unique and unchanging address of your device, every time it’s connected to the internet. It’s especially useful for companies, so that they can track their employees’ activities even remotely. As the device has an unchanging address, this means that companies can run your email server on your device, create a server for web pages, and secure access to work and other remote networks.

How do I get one?

As your ISP usually assigns this, you can directly tell them that you need one upon purchasing a plan. If you already have a broadband plan, then you can contact your ISP to request to change your IP address to a static one.  Similarly, you may also contact your ISP if you would like to cancel your static IP address. It may take between 2-3 working days before they can entirely terminate your subscription, and it may incur additional fees as well.


Do you need one for your home?

The answer is – it depends on your internet needs. At home, you probably don’t do any advanced projects like running your own email server or accessing remote programs online. What most people usually do at home is binge watch Netflix or scroll endlessly through Facebook! Plus, getting a static IP address usually comes with additional charges. As static IPs have an unchanging internet location, your device can be an easy target for hackers! If not kept secured all the time, it may backfire and compromise your data.

Where can I get a static IP address?

If you still want to get a static IP address for whatever reason, you’re at the right place here at glimp! When comparing broadband plans, simply tell us that you need one, and we’ll take you the broadband provider that offers this feature.

Let glimp help find you the best deal for you.

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