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Static IP

Static IP

(also static IP address)

Static IP definition

An IP address that doesn’t change over time. Once a static IP address has been issued to a device, that address will normally remain the same until either the device is rendered inoperative or the network architecture is modified. Servers and other significant hardware components will typically employ the use of static IP addresses.

Benefits of a static IP address:

  • DNS support. Static IP address makes it considerably simpler to set up and administer DNS servers.
  • Server hosting. A static IP address helps clients find your website, email, or other server via DNS, allowing faster access to your websites and services.
  • Improved communication. Static IP addresses simplify VoIP for teleconferencing and other audio and video connections.
  • Reliable geo-location services. With a static IP address, services are able to correlate the IP address with its physical location, resulting in more accurate geolocation services.

Limitations of a static IP address:

  • Prone to hacking. Hackers can locate your server with a static IP address more easily.
  • Security concerns. Anybody with network tools can locate you and your computers. Hide your virtual location using VPNs like NordVPN.
  • Cost. Static IP addresses cost far more than dynamic ones.

Further reading

See also: virtual IP address, IPv4

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