If you found this tutorial helpful, you should also check out our beginner’s guide to home networking James has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence, and is Comp TIA A and Network certified.He's the lead developer of Make Use Of, and spends his free time playing VR paintball and boardgames. When we talk about IP addresses of home computers, we are usually referring to two types of address. That’s the one that the world sees, and every internet connection, website, or public-facing web-connected thing will have one. ”, it’ll tell you what your public IP address is, as given to you by your ISP (note, if you’re using a VPN, this will come from your VPN provider instead).
Modern routers include a system called Universal Plug’n’Play Technology in the computer age has been plagued with unsecured features, security loopholes, and general oversights in software architecture. For example, if you set one of your machines to the IP address 192.168.0.10, and your router continues to hand out IP addresses automatically, then at some point, another machine will be given the same IP! By doing this, we ensure our machines have an IP address that will never change, without actually assigning a static IP address, which would complicate things.
Instructions on how to do this will vary depending on your router manufacturer and model.
It’s the job of your router to assign a new IP address when a device joins the network and maintain a phone book of who has what number.
A static IP address (also known as fixed IP address) is simply one that doesn’t change.
Every device on a computer network has an Internet Protocol (IP) address.
It’s just like a phone number, telling other computers how it can be reached.
Even if you only have one computer, it will have a private IP address assigned by your router.
Private IP addresses cannot be routed over the internet and are strictly for private use.
So let’s look at why you might want to get static private IP for your home PC…
and then I’ll show you the much better way of doing things.) to whatever computer is running your web server.