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IP addresses—a series of numbers that allow devices to communicate with each other—may not be the center of your company’s internet strategy, but they’re more important than you might think. Choosing a static or dynamic IP address can have a big impact on your business goals and the technology you use to get closer to those goals.
Every device connected to a network is given a unique number called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. This identifies devices on the internet and allows them to communicate. The most common type of IP address consists of four series of numbers broken up by periods—18.104.22.168 would be an example.
There are two types of IP addresses: static and dynamic IP. Static IP addresses remain constant, while dynamic IPs change periodically. There are positives and negatives to each type, so your unique business needs will determine which one is right for your organization.
A static IP address is assigned to a specific device and remains constant over time. Some key reasons businesses choose static IPs are convenient remote access, reliable communication, and easy server or website hosting. The extra control and capabilities outweigh the cost of paying for a static IP for many companies.
A dynamic IP address is assigned by the network when you connect and changes periodically. This means less maintenance, but problems may arise if you’re hosting servers or use remote access programs. You’ll get dynamic IPs by default unless you request—and pay for—static IPs.
While most residential users don’t need a static IP, the reliability and security benefits could give your business a competitive edge.
There are three primary reasons your business should choose a static IP address:
Choose a dynamic IP address for your business internet if you don’t use or plan to use any of the above technology or processes. Whether you prefer a budget-friendly dynamic IP solution or a more comprehensive static IP option, Frontier Business Internet plans can provide the service and support your business needs.