If your business is online, then you should have a Static or Dynamic IP address. This explains the differences between the two, so you can decide which is right for your business.
IP addresses are used to locate other computers on the web and help them speak to each other. Static IP is a permanent address given to your computer, while Dynamic IP is temporary one.
For basic usage, such as surfing the web, uploading and downloading files, or checking email you can use a dynamic IP.
For more involved usage, like running one or more servers, utilizing applications that require external access, or allowing a service to run incoming audio or video, you will need a static IP address. Depending how many of these you plan to use for your business will determine how many static IPs you will need.
Requirements for setting up your IP address:
Dynamic IP vs. Static IP
|A Single Computer ||No additional hardware or special configuration required. ||No additional hardware or special configuration required. |
|Multiple Computers ||Requires a router. ||Requires a switch or hub. |
|VPN Compatibility ||Requires a router for multiple computers. Special configuration may be required. ||Requires a switch or hub for multiple computers. No special configuration required. |
|Remote Management ||Difficult to configure and may require a special configuration to router. ||No special configuration required. |
|Hosted Servers ||Requires outside-hosted dynamic DNS. Firewall may limit mail server. ||All ports available. No special configuration required. |
|Pricing ||Included with Business Internet Service. ||Static IPs available; 1 - $14.95/mo., 5 - $19.95/mo., 13 - $34.95/mo. |
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