Do you know what a static Internet Protocol address is? The expression ‘static’ has the connotation of being stable, meaning that static add...
Do you know what a static Internet Protocol address is?
The expression ‘static’ has the connotation of being stable, meaning that static addresses (unlike dynamic Internet Protocol or IP addresses in short) do not change, so that this address will be identical every single time when we wish to connect from home to the Internet. Static addresses are assigned by IT administrators according to request (either at home or at work) and for a certain fee. The features of a static address compared to a dynamic one is that it is better suited for companies than private residences, as well as being practical for creating servers, and also, they are optimal for VPN (or Virtual Private Network) servers, mail and for FTP (or short for File Transfer Protocol).
In fact, we can say that this is a very sturdy and stable technique for taking control over devices which are linked to a home network, as well as using the very same devices to their maximum, potential-wise.
Thereby, it is a logical conclusion that it is neither cheap nor easy (without doubt, we need an IT expert) to set up a static IP address.
What happens if a device does not have a static address?
If this is the case, then the router can select whichever IP address it wishes to, but usually the ones which are the lowest ones available at that point in time, for the duration of the usual Internet Protocol process of release and renewal which is the procedure that all routers carry out regularly. In turn, this can mean that a smartphone which is enabled with Wi-Fi may possess another IP address every time we arrive home from our work place and wish to link to the network we use, although it also depends on the time which the router “rents” an IP address to a certain device.
While we are surfing on the Internet, this makes very little difference, but if we are trying to employ more advanced applications within the network, this may have a great impact on their use — and this includes applications which stream videos or music to the smartphone, as well as peer-to-peer sharing of files, and applications such as UltraVNC which can connect remotely to the laptop or the PC. Moreover, the changing of IP addresses can also have an impact on the backing up files process to network storage devices.
To sum up, if we are using an application which demands that we type in by hand an IP address in order for the app to work within the network, subsequently this particular IP address must at all times be matched up with a particular device on the network. Thus, this is a quick and easy process and there is no reason why the setting up of a static Internet Protocol address should not be something we do when we are doing the network configuration.
This is the process of setting up this type of address, in 5 straightforward steps:
- Turn on the Web configuration screen of the D-Link router, and then click on the tab called Setup.
- Following this, click on the option of Network Settings which is on the sidebar.
- Scroll to the section named Add DHCP Reservation, then tick the box Enable, adding the name of the device you are using.
- Then add the IP as well as the MAC (which stands for media access control, or unique identifier of network interfaces) address of the device you are using. It is important that the IP address which you select falls within the DHCP UP address Range of the router (DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, which is a standard communication or network protocol which is used for IP networks). In order to find the MAC address of the device, check to the bottom part of the service, as this is where it usually is.
- And the last step is clicking the Save button.
It can be said with certainty that the use of static Internet Protocol addresses puts a stop to conflicts between addresses between certain devices. Also, it lets the users manage the devices with more control and ease.
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