When you sign up with an internet service provider, you will either be assigned a static IP address or a dynamic IP address depending on the nature of services and also your contract. In this article you will be learning about the key differences between Static IP and dynamic IP addresses.
What is an IP address
An IP address consists of 4 numbers which are separated with periods. Each number can be anywhere between 1 to 3 digits. An example of an IP address would be: 172.16.254.1
In simple terms, an IP address or Internet Protocol address can be defined as a set of numbers assigned to identify each computer on the internet. Computers use this unique set of numbers to send and receive data to other computers on the internet.
Just as your home address identifies and differentiates your house from a host of other houses, an IP address identifies and differentiates your computer from millions of other computers on the internet.
What is Static IP
As the term indicates, A Static IP Address is a set of numbers assigned to your computer that do not change and stay the same all the time.
A Static IP address usually needs to be purchased and requires you to pay an extra monthly fee to your Internet service provider. The fee can sometimes be really expensive depending on your service provider.
Advantages of Static IP:
- Faster Upload speeds
- Faster Download speeds
- Stable Connection
- Great for Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
- Great for hosting or creating servers
Disadvantages of Static IP:
- Requires an Extra Fee
- Less Security
- Once you are blocked from a website or service you stay blocked forever, as your IP Address does not change
- Hard to Setup
What is Dynamic IP
A Dynamic IP Address is a set of numbers that can change at any given time. Sometimes Dynamic IP’s don’t change for an entire year and sometimes they change within one day, it all depends on your internet service provider.
Dynamic IP’s usually don’t cost anything as their cost is included in the internet plan.
Advantages of Dynamic IP:
- Good Security
- No need to pay any Extra Fees
- Very Easy to Setup
- You get unblocked from a service/website quickly as your IP address changes
Disadvantages of Dynamic IP
- Not the best option for hosting/creating servers
- Slower Download Speeds than Static IP’s
- Slower Upload Speeds than Static IP’s
Static vs Dynamic IP | Which one do I need?
Most users who use the internet for browsing websites, Gmail, Social media, downloading/uploading files and gaming do not really need a static IP address and should be fine with a dynamic one.
If you use the internet for creating servers, hosting servers or websites or need to white list your IP address for security purposes then you should go for a static IP.