Benefits of a Static IP Address

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are used to identify a variety of devices that connect to the internet like computers or other network devices. An IP address is a 32-bit number, and it’s a number you might see when setting up your home’s router. It’s a series of numbers separated by four periods.

The purpose of an IP address is so that a device can be identified by other devices that are also connected to the internet. The devices can “talk” to one another and send information as long as the devices are properly identified with IP addresses.

The Use of Dynamic IP Addresses

There are only a finite number of IP addresses currently available on the internet, so service providers must use something known as dynamic IP addresses, which means your provider gives you a temporary IP address while you’re connected to the internet and then sends the IP address to another user after your connection is terminated.

The process is known as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and it’s an automatic process that assigns an IP address to a recently connected device from a pool of available IP addresses. There isn’t any need for the user of the device to do anything to get a dynamic IP address.

You can conduct a variety of tasks on the internet without a static IP address. For example, browsing the web doesn’t require a static IP address and may be accomplished with a dynamic IP address. Similarly, sending email can be accomplished with a dynamic IP address, as well as making Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls.

Using a Static IP Address

If your business uses a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you might need one or more static IP addresses. A static IP address allows your employees to connect to your virtual network, your VPN, as well as connect various devices to the network.

A static IP address is also necessary for services that must connect using an IP address rather than a domain name. A static IP address is also used when you maintain a private email server at your business or home and users must connect to the server from the internet.

One of the primary reasons to use a static IP address is to ensure specific computers can be found without hassle on your network. If you host a media server, you can reduce the chance of connection error by assigning a static IP address to the device.

One of the additional benefits of using a static IP address is that you can create easy-to-remember IP addresses for various devices on your network. For example, if you have a server on each floor, you can use IP addresses that indicate which floor the server is on by ending the IP address with the number that corresponds to the server’s floor.

How Our IT Consultants Can Help

Are you interested in obtaining a static IP address for your business? At Magnet Solutions Group, our Austin IT consulting and technology compliance experts can advise and assist when you decide to obtain and configure a static IP address.

Contact us today for more information on how we can help ensure your company’s technology is fast, efficient, and beneficial to your business and its employees.