If you want to locate things, or connect them, your device needs an IP address. And just like how we have postcodes, IPs contain the country, town, street, and building number of a device.
Without an IP address communicating this information, no data or connectivity can reach a device; just like how your letters would go missing if there’s no address on the envelope.
Private and public IPs
Private IP addresses are the opposite and are normally used in places like homes and schools where security is important. Devices that have private IP addresses can’t connect directly to the internet. That’s why we have routers in our homes or offices, so they can step in and securely complete the connection.
But there’s more to IPs.
Fixed (or static) IPs and dynamic IPs
Devices use IP addresses to find and talk to each other on the internet, so it’s helpful when the address stays the same no matter how many times the device connects or disconnects.
Imagine every time you were trying to find a friend’s address, they changed houses!
But that doesn’t mean dynamic IPs are bad. It can be useful to have your IP addresses change every time a device connects or disconnects. But more on that below.
Different IP address types – pros and cons
One advantage of a fixed public IP address is that you can connect to your device from anywhere. This can be useful for solutions you need remote access in like CCTV cameras. On the flipside, that same device is open for anyone to connect to it if they know the IP address.
There are other things to consider when it comes to what type of IP addressing should be used.
Costs are another factor. Static IPs cost more than dynamic IPs because the latter is the default option provided by ISPs (internet service providers). Plus, static IPs need to be configured properly or you’ll end up with holes in your security system.
Public IPs are not free as they’re assigned and controlled by your ISP, but private IPs are free and you can assign them to a specific device within your own private network.
On a private static IP, devices won’t be able to connect to the internet outside of the local network. Likewise, devices outside of the local network can’t connect to anything inside the local network.
Nothing gets in, and nothing gets out, making it useful for office and enterprise environments. Only opt for a private static IP if devices and applications don’t need to be accessed from anywhere other than within the same local network.
How we’ve tailored IP addressing to bring in serious revenue for partners:
The right partner makes all the difference
With the right partner, you’ll be told exactly what your solution needs to operate seamlessly, without any security risks. Plus, you’ll want someone who doesn’t pinch your customers from you when you’re not looking.
We’re partner and IoT-only, so you know you’re getting the best experts for the job, and your customer base is protected. Get in touch with us and we can show you exactly how IPs, as part of your solutions, can help you expand your revenue streams.