MyRepublic Static IP add-on assigns you a fixed public IPv4 address.
Due to the global shortage of IPv4 addresses, MyRepublic uses private dynamic IP, or dynamically assigned private IP addresses. This means that the IP address assigned to your location can change every now and then.
Although this does not impact most of your internet experience such as streaming, surfing, P2P downloading or gaming, you may need a Static IP if you are looking to:
- Host your own web servers
- Use devices such as CCTV (surveillance cameras) and NAS
- Get remote access to your home workstation
Do note that a Static IP add-on is not meant to boost your internet surfing or download speeds.
Static IP applications come with a one-time charge of $50.
If you relocate to a different address, you will be provided with a different IP.
Apply for Static IP in MyAccount here!
What's with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses?
IP addresses under the IPv4, or version 4 internet protocol, use 12 digits. This allows for 4.3 billion addresses, of which 3.7 billion are usable.
Although that seems like a very big number, the reality is that because IP addresses are crucial for everyone’s internet communication across the globe, we are running out of IPv4 addresses to use. Millions can be used up in a month alone.
As a result, newer Internet Service Providers are forced to be more discretionary in offering customers a IPv4 addresses. This is why MyRepublic uses private dynamic IP, with a Network Address Translation (NAT) service allowing customers to share a IPv4 address.
The next-to-be adopted internet standard of IPv6 comes with 39 digits, allowing for an almost unlimited number of addresses. Unfortunately, for IPv6 to be deployed successfully, all content and servers on the internet would need to support IPv6, which will take a few years.