IP Address ABC’s
An IP address is a set of numbers that serves as your home or business’s unique address on the web. Just like the postal service needs a street address and zip code to get a postcard in your mailbox, the world’s vast array of servers, switches and routers need for your home or business to have a unique address to make sure all the bits and bytes you are sending and receiving make it where they’re supposed to.
What’s my IP?
To find out what your IP address is, simply open your web browser, head over to https://google.com and type “what’s my ip?” in the search bar. Your IP will show up in the search results.
Dynamic vs. Static IP’s
Most internet connections have a dynamic IP address. This means that the IP address assigned to your home or business can and likely will change over time. For the vast majority of homes and businesses this poses no issue and everything works just fine.
A Static IP address on the other hand is a unique addresses that does not change. It means that your address on the internet remains constant day after day, month after month, year after year.
Why do I need a Static IP?
Many businesses and a growing number of residential internet customers are deciding to go the Static IP route because it gives them the ability to utilize certain advanced applications and internet services.
Popular Reasons to get a Static IP:
Video surveillance systems
- Security Cameras
- Doorbell Cameras
- Nanny Cams
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Connecting to / from work
- Connecting to home when away
For example, there are a number of video surveillance products and services which require you to have a Static IP. Additionally, there are many VPN (virtual private network) services which require you to have a Static IP. Typically, customers that opt for a Static IP need to be able to connect to their home or business when away – be it when travelling, at work, or from school.
How much does a Static IP cost?
Static IP’s are available for $10/mo.
How to Get a Static IP?
Adding a Static IP to your C Spire High Speed Internet subscription is easy. You can indicate you want a Static IP during the sign-up process. Or if you’re already a customer, log into the customer portal and send us a ticket. We’ll be happy to get you set up in no time.