It’s the difference between a dynamic vs. static IP address.
When you sign up with an Internet Service Provider you will either end up with a static IP address or a dynamic IP address. What’s the difference between the two?
Here’s what that means.
Dynamic means “constantly changing.” The prefix dyna means power; however, dynamic IP addresses aren’t more powerful, but they can change (or be changed).
Static means staying the same. Static. Stand. Stable. Yes, static IP addresses don’t change.
Most IP addresses assigned today by Internet Service Providers are dynamic IP addresses. It’s more cost effective for the ISP and you.
End of story. Well, more or less. If you read on, you’ll learn about the difference between a dynamic IP vs. static IP, in non-technical language you can understand.
Maybe you’re asking yourself which one should you choose?
Well, you don’t, in almost all instances. Here’s why…
For most of us, we simply need a reliable connection and our Internet Service Providers deliver a Dynamic IP address to us. It works for them. It works for us.
Sure, the dynamic IP address can change from time to time, but even when it does, you may never notice.
Right now you’re probably wondering…
“What kind of IP address do I have?”
And by now, you probably are curious to know if it’s static or dynamic.
Here’s the good news.
You’re on the right website to find out.
It’s pretty simple, actually.
Go to our home page and box that says, “Your IP Details.” At the bottom of the box you’ll see the words “Show Me More About My IP.”
Click that box and you’ll go right to an informative page that will tell you.
In fact, you’ll get all the details on your IP address, including whether it’s a dynamic or static.
Now, if you’re in the dark about what an IP address actually is, this is all nonsense to you.
If that’s the case, let me fill in the gaps.
It’s all a numbers game.
An IP address (the IPv4 version, which is the most common) consists of a string of numbers, separated by periods (dots). Each IP address is separated into four segments by three periods.
An example would be: 126.96.36.199
If you’re connected to the Internet, your computer will show an IP address…the one that identifies the internet connection you’re using at that moment. (NOTE: It identifies only the connection, not the computer user.)
Haven’t you ever marveled at how the Internet knows how to get information directly to your computer? It’s not magic: your IP address is key (along with many other factors).
For the purposes of this article, we’ll put you at home on your computer and talk about the IP address you likely use most often.