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Topic # 79881 23-Mar-2011 21:54
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I am on the telecom broadband 10gb plan which does not come with a static ip address. It seems you can apply online to get a static ip here:

https://www.telecom.co.nz/form/1,,5208,00.html

What advantages are there to this? And if I find I don't like a static ip, the online form will allow me to cancel it but would I have to turn my router off and on to get a dynamic ip back or will my internet have to be offline for a long period of time?

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  Reply # 451253 23-Mar-2011 21:59
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You would only benefit from a static IP if you wanted to remotely access your computer, or you use it as a server (email, gaming, FTP).

There's no downtime either, changeover happens automatically (usually around midnight), so no loss of Internet but it wouldn't hurt to reboot your modem the following day.




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  Reply # 451263 23-Mar-2011 22:30
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Save yourself the hassle, get a free dyndns account and choose a hostname for your connection. Then you can just use the hostname no matter what your ip is, or what service you want to run.




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  Reply # 451299 24-Mar-2011 07:15
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You could also get logmein hamachi and do the same.
Bad news with static IP, is its easier to become a target for hackers ...

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  Reply # 451399 24-Mar-2011 11:48
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bnapi: And if I find I don't like a static ip, the online form will allow me to cancel it but would I have to turn my router off and on to get a dynamic ip back or will my internet have to be offline for a long period of time?


What exactly are you trying to achieve by resetting your IP often?




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  Reply # 451623 24-Mar-2011 23:04
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Another benefit is you can be set to bypass the telecom cache farm

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