I have decided that I wanted to have static ips for my home network, you know so you can access services that you set up on your home computers from the inter-webs; Such as running a mail server, web server, or private cloud from your personal network.
I have AT&T U-verse for internet, it is a DSL connection, I get around 50 mb bandwidth. For about $60 a month, not bad really.
So I called up AT&T and ordered a block of IP addresses, 8 of them, 3 are used for networking purposes, so you wind up getting 5 usable addresses. Why go with Static IPs rather than dynamically assigned addresses? Well, if you have a domain (i.e. person.com) that is pointing to the dynamic address there is the possibility that you will not always have the same IP address, it changes; every time you start or restart the connected device, it may assign a different IP, so your domain that is pointed to the address will have issues because it doesn’t automagically update that information.
With a Static IP, it doesn’t change. And that is the benefit of a static IP.
So, long story longer, the AT&T tech arrived in the morning, we started to get the 2 wire modem/router reprogrammed. Turns out, AT&T did all the reprogramming of the 2 wire remotely. The technician didn’t need to come out, in fact when he arrived, he had no information about my static IPs. He left 40 minutes later not having to have done a single thing to make this work. It was all handled remotely. He showed me an iPad with my IPs listed, I had to take a picture of the iPad so I could have a copy of them. Great technician, really nice guy. AT&T on the other hand could have provided him with the information needed up front, or they could have just done the work remotely and not sent a technician.
Oh well, it’s configured now. I just have to figure out how to make it all work. The nice thing is it only increased my monthly bill to $65.00.
More later… same bat time, same bat channel.