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Topic # 164467 10-Feb-2015 21:49
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Hi there.  I hope this is not a stupid question.  I have searched around the forums for this topic, but most static IP posts are for things like Netflix etc and I don't think apply.

We are having some security cameras installed (professionally) to extend our existing home security system.  Currently our system just rings our mobiles if it goes off.  One thing we hadn't considered was that we would need a static IP address to be able to monitor the cameras from our phone/off-site, but it was noted on the quote and subsequent research seems to indicate this is going to cost about $20/month.  Our next door neighbour did exactly the same thing last month and is now paying Vodafone $20/month too.

We are with Woosh for broadband and Spark for homeline at present, but I am about to shift both to Vodafone.

Is there any crafty way around the additional $20/month it looks like costing?  It doesn't seem so, on the face of it, but I just thought I'd double check.

Many thanks.

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  Reply # 1234359 10-Feb-2015 21:52
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Use a dynamic DNS service.

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  Reply # 1234361 10-Feb-2015 21:55
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As above. If your software can access by domain name then just use a dynamic domain service. You assign your IP to your account and select a domain name from their list. Then if the IP changes update on the service. Most modern routers have a feature to automatically update it for you for the most used services.





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  Reply # 1234363 10-Feb-2015 21:59
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Um, don't shift to vodafone??? (Sorry JohnR) tongue-out



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  Reply # 1234369 10-Feb-2015 22:15
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Thanks.  I will have to work on understanding the answer, but that sounds promising.

I don't HAVE to shift to Vodafone, but it seemed to me that all the other companies were charging about the same for a separate static IP address, so it wasn't going to disadvantage me any more than currently.  Woosh also charges $20/month for a static IP address.

It should be clear by now I am well out of my depth on this website, but I've found it helpful before, so I keep at it .....  I will google the DNS thing.

Thanks again for the answers.

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  Reply # 1234377 10-Feb-2015 22:43
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Just be aware of the customer service lately. 

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  Reply # 1234378 10-Feb-2015 22:44
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Have a look in your router for dynamic DNS - noip.com is one service. Or you can download a noip client app for a computer that will monitor your external ISp IP address and update noip with the new address. There's more also




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  Reply # 1234380 10-Feb-2015 22:52

"Residential Customer - If you're signing up for a MyRepublic residential fibre broadband plan,you can get one Static IP with a one-time setup fee of $20."

http://www.myrepublic.co.nz/add-ons/static-ip

Is this another option?

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  Reply # 1234389 10-Feb-2015 23:14
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Or bigpipe will do a static ip for a one off $45 charge

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  Reply # 1234393 10-Feb-2015 23:55
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ShortyNZ: Hi there.  I hope this is not a stupid question.  I have searched around the forums for this topic, but most static IP posts are for things like Netflix etc and I don't think apply.

We are having some security cameras installed (professionally) to extend our existing home security system.  Currently our system just rings our mobiles if it goes off.  One thing we hadn't considered was that we would need a static IP address to be able to monitor the cameras from our phone/off-site, but it was noted on the quote and subsequent research seems to indicate this is going to cost about $20/month.  Our next door neighbour did exactly the same thing last month and is now paying Vodafone $20/month too.

We are with Woosh for broadband and Spark for homeline at present, but I am about to shift both to Vodafone.

Is there any crafty way around the additional $20/month it looks like costing?  It doesn't seem so, on the face of it, but I just thought I'd double check.

Many thanks.


yes. Don't switch to Vodafone.  Most other providers charge a lot less for Static IP

You'll also be doing yourself a favour by avoiding them in any case, since their customer service is the absolute pits at the moment.  Get out whilst you still can!

(don't stick with Woosh either.  Pick literally any other provider but those two)

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  Reply # 1234415 11-Feb-2015 07:36
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Snap charge $5.00 for a static IP, their pricing is good and I always found their customer server to be excellent.




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  Reply # 1234421 11-Feb-2015 08:13
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Static IP costs will vary on the provider.



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  Reply # 1234423 11-Feb-2015 08:16
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Or you could switch to Vodafone AND get a free static IP address.  

We were about to upgrade to unlimited broadband with them and I told them it was unacceptable that they charged extra for a static IP and we would be off to Telecom if they did.  Took them a few minutes to agree to give us a free static IP.  Which we now have.

It's a reasonably competitive market.  Ask and you will receive (often).

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  Reply # 1234434 11-Feb-2015 08:41
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ShortyNZ: Thanks.  I will have to work on understanding the answer, but that sounds promising.

I don't HAVE to shift to Vodafone, but it seemed to me that all the other companies were charging about the same for a separate static IP address, so it wasn't going to disadvantage me any more than currently.  Woosh also charges $20/month for a static IP address.



Depending on your plan with them, Spark offers free static IP addresses. I switched over to one a couple of weeks ago. Quick, painless, and free :-D



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  Reply # 1234435 11-Feb-2015 08:41
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Spark charge $20/month to provide a static IP for customers on the 40GB or 80GB plans.
Customers on 150GB or 500GB plans get their static IP free of any monthly charges.

Note that Spark does not offer static IP's to residential customers on unlimited plans.




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  Reply # 1234483 11-Feb-2015 09:32
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Yeah have a poke around in your router, most of them will enable you to use a dns service on them. If not you can usually install a DNS service client onto a PC in the house that can change the pointer if your dynamic IP changes. Bear in mind that your IP wont change often but it will change so proper setup will make sure you don't lose connectivity to home when you need it most.

Also check out Actrix as an ISP, I've been with them for years and found them brilliant.

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