How to obtain a static/dedicated/publicly routable IP for gaming, business, and industrial applications?
It is a best practice to employ an Internet firewall that blocks inbound Internet traffic – that is, traffic initiated from outside your home or office network to your home network. Firewalls block this inbound traffic but allow outbound traffic like when you browse the Internet, stream, send/receive emails.
Hence, Services such gaming, business or industrial application that require a static or dedicated IP often do so because those “SERVICES” initiate traffic from a location on the Internet to the devices on your home network. Allowing inbound Internet traffic originating from the public Internet is inherently dangerous because it could enable attacking devices on your home network.
The Further Reach network is designed with security in mind – inbound Internet traffic is not allowed to reach subscribers. This is an industry best practice and was carefully implemented to protect subscribers from external threats.
However, some services require static IPs and your ability to receive inbound traffic. Examples may include some gaming (xbox, ps4, etc), and some antiquated industrial applications.
For these cases, a static/dedicated IP can be obtained and used over the Further Reach network via third party VPN providers. While we cannot directly support your use of a VPN, the VPN providers offer support for their product.
Should you wish to proceed, this FAQ will help you get started.
WHAT YOU NEED
- An account with a VPN provider that includes a static IP. Many services would work. This FAQ was written using https://www.purevpn.com/ with both the Port Forwarding and Dedicated IP add-ons. It costs a few dollars a month.
- If you want more than one device accessible via the static IP you will need to get a VPN router. This FAQ was written using the TP-Link VPN Router(TL-R605). There is a high performance model but few would see benefit from this. It costs about $65.
- Purchase Purevpn with both Port Forwarding and Dedicated IP.
- Purchase the TP-Link VPN Router ($60 in Sep 2020 – see above for the link).
- Connect your TP-Link Router to your Further Reach Router / Access Point
- Connect a computer to your TP-Link Router.
- Configure your TP-Link Router to connect to PureVPN
for the R600 series
- (Optional) Configure Port Forwarding on your TP-Link Router if you need to allow incoming traffic.
- All Done!
- Your Static / Dedicated Public IP address is your PureVPN IP address
- Traffic to that IP address will be forwarded to the ports and devices configured on your TP-Link Router
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initial version – tamir scheinok – 2020-02-07 TP Link Version