Static IP, what can you do for me?
March 1, 2007 5:17 AM Subscribe
New ISP offers static IP addresses. Should I take 1 or 8? What can I use them for? Should I be concerned about the RIPE database?
posted by boosh to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to switch my ADSL connection over to a new ISP (UKFSN, approximate speed should be 2-7 Mb down, 400K up). I've always had a dynamic IP address, but the new provider assigns a single static IP as standard (and if I want I can have 8 IPs for free). It raises a few questions for me:
Applications: What cool things can I do with a static IP address, especially in terms of accessing my LAN from a remote location? What are the best free applications that you've found for doing said things? Is there a way I can get media from my FreeNAS server to my laptop while travelling? Are there any particular security or privacy concerns with a static IP, and how do you deal with them?
8 IPs or 1: I've got a decent router/firewall/modem combo providing NAT and DHCP. I don't currently run my own web or mail servers. Is it worthwhile getting a 8 IP addresses (since it's free) or should I just get one? What could I use them for?
RIPE database entry: Checking through the ISP's T&Cs, I noticed a line stating that if you do request 8 or more IP addresses they may forward your details for entry into the RIPE database. Looking up my current (dynamic) IP in the database gives me my ISP's details, but what sort of information would be held about a home user with static IPs? Are your personal details entered into the administrator fields, for example? What could be discovered about an individual from a lookup? I don't plan to use the connection for nefarious activities and I'm not a political activist nor trading international secrets. but I'm slightly concerned about the privacy implications. Should I be?
Router MAC address: My (wired) router allows me to specify a MAC address instead of using the unit's own address. I've got a handful of MAC addresses from old machines at my former workplace (picked up years ago but never used - the machines/NICs in question will all have been retired/junked by now). Is there any value at all to me intermittently changing the MAC address of my router (assuming that my connection doesn't rely on continued use of the original address, as some do)?