What Is a Static IP Address? Here’s Why You Don’t Need One

MakeUseOf | 5/17/2019 | James Bruce
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Every device on a computer network has an Internet Protocol (IP) address. It’s just like a phone number, telling other computers how it can be reached.

It’s the job of your router to assign a new IP address when a device joins the network and maintain a phone book of who has what number.

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A static IP address (also known as fixed IP address) is simply one that doesn’t change. Your computer decides upon the address it wants, and it tells the router. But why would you want to set this up, and is there a better solution?

What Is a Static IP Address?

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When we talk about IP addresses of home computers, we are usually referring to two types of address.

First is your public IP address. That’s the one that the world sees, and every internet connection, website, or public-facing web-connected thing will have one. If you ask Google “What is my IP address?”, it’ll tell you what your public IP address is, as given to you by your ISP (note, if you’re using a VPN, this will come from your VPN provider instead).

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Then you have internal, private IPs, which are only used on your home network. Even if you only have one computer, it will have a private IP address assigned by your router. Private IP addresses cannot be routed over the internet and are strictly for private use. They look exactly the same: four numbers up to 255, with a period in between.

There are a few possible ranges of private IP address, but for most home users this will be 192.168.*.* or 10.0.*.* (where * can be anything).

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Your router itself also has an IP address, likely Your home computers might then be anything in the range of to Most routers will just assign internal addresses on a first...
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