static ip for home network

Why You Need a Static IP for Your Home Network

With more and more people getting confused around the use of static and dynamic IP addresses, lets clear your doubts and help you understand which IP address is better for your home network.

Dynamic IP Address

In this type of IP address, your device gets connected to a different IP address every time you use your internet network. It does not cost you each time you get a new dynamic IP address.

Static IP Address

It is a permanent IP address given to a device and does not require to change each time you connect to the network.  A static IP address is much safer than a dynamic IP address, as an administrator can only make all the changes.

You need to buy a separate Static IP address for your device to connect to the internet.

DHCP vs. Static IP address

You can decide which one is better for you after reading this comparison between both the IP addresses.

Price: Dynamic IP address does not require any additional maintenance charge. On the other hand, static IP needs you to buy a separate IP address for your device.

Security: Static IP address is the most secure IP address as no other network can connect to your address without your permission. However, the dynamic connection is not safer than static addresses.

Duration: Static IP address is your permanent IP address that can not be used by any other device. However, the dynamic IP address keeps changing after some time.

static ip for home network

How to Assign a Static IP to Your Home network

There are numerous ways to assign a Static IP to your home network, and this process, in particular, is confusing to many.

  1. The first thing you need to consider is that you should never assign an IP address that is at the start of the pool. For example, 10.0.0.1 is always reserved for the router and can not be used for your home IP address

Now, some of you might be thinking that you’ve already changed the IP address of your router, so why should you worry about it? The answer is that there can still be some reservations on that IP address, and it is better to leave them unused.

  1. Another thing you should always remember is that you should never use an IP address that ends with .0 or .255. And there is a similar reason behind it too. The IP address that ends with .0 and .255 are reserved for network protocols.

However, it should not be a problem for you as there are more than 4.3 billion IP addresses available for you to register your device.

  1. Similarly, you shouldn’t assign an IP address out of the range of your static IP address as it won’t connect your device to the network.

For example: If your static IP address is 10.0.0.0., then you can only use the combinations from 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255. This is the reason most people do not understand the basics of a static IP address.

  1. Use your static IP address for all your devices through your router. You can use your static IP address to send and receive data to all your devices by using your router.

You can easily log in to your router homepage and check the IP address written there.

Conclusion: A Static IP address is better for your home network as it hosts numerous benefits. You can connect to the network more safely and effectively while being connected through a static IP address.

You can also control all the network connections of your device if you are connected through a static IP address.

Let us know if you still have any doubts related to the use of these IP addresses.

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Ather Owais Ather Owais is a tech and cybersecurity enthusiast. He is a strong advocate for online privacy and security, following technological trends and their impact on today's digital era.

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