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I've convinced my parents and we're finally moving away from virgin media cable connection which was 4Mb/s at £24 a month, to Be unlimited ADSL, 24Mb/s at £18 a month. Hopefully the end to virgin's evil torrent throttling days!
For a laugh I also looked through their acceptable use policy and found this:
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Originally Posted by Acceptable Use Policy
2.1. We will take action if you abuse the Services (for example, by sending spam or making racist Usenet postings). The actions we may take include:

* a formal warning to you;
* suspension of your account (with or without notice);
* restriction of your access to the Services (or any part of the Services); or
* termination of your account.
I'm not kidding, look for yourself (http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html...ptableuse.html), right near the top too. I mean I'm against racism and all but it seems a bit odd how they include racism there and not more serious things such as plotting terrorist threats, child porn etc.


ANYWAY, the thing is that Be let you choose between a Dynamic or Static IP address and I'd want to know which is better.
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Oh, no, you've made a racist Usenet posting! You're banned from our ISP for life. Wait, you had child porn, too? Whatever, that's fine with us. But that racist Usenet posting, that's bad news right there.

I use a static IP for any computer I want to connect to remotely; it makes it easier for me to just quickly connect instead of having to re-enter an IP address each time.
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Oh, no, you've made a racist Usenet posting! You're banned from our ISP for life. Wait, you had child porn, too? Whatever, that's fine with us. But that racist Usenet posting, that's bad news right there.

I use a static IP for any computer I want to connect to remotely; it makes it easier for me to just quickly connect instead of having to re-enter an IP address each time.
hehe. That is one thing that I took into consideration as I sometimes use Vibestreamer to play my music when I go to other people's houses or if I want to quickly share something with them. In this case static would be better I guess, but I only rarely do it. What are the advantages of both?
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I use dynamic. I don't know a whole lot about netwroking, but dynamic is easier if you do not want to assign an IP to each machine you are going to connect to the ISP line. Dynamic will assign an IP when the PC tries to connect, so you don't have to worry about I{P conflicts and the like when adding new machines. I think it is kinda strange that it is an ISP thing as this is all controlled via my router. Could be my ignorance, though.




(also, you may want to use static as that offers more options when DLing through a firwall)
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My advice, is to get a dynamic IP from your ISP. if you want to be able to simply remote into your own network that setting up Dynamic DNS (www.dydns.com) is very easy, free, and quite useful. Having a static IP can be bad because if someone were to get your IP address for unsavory reasons they can cause you problems.
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Whichever you want to be honest.
If you get static and are going to be connecting to the computer remotely then you simply remember the IP.
But still you can do this with dynamic, many sites and programs offer DNS names and software to update the site on a regular basis.
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post #7 of 33
Unless you are going to be hosting popular servers off the connection then I would go for a dynamic.

Reason being is if you get banned by IP from somewhere or someone starts posting your IP address on the web or tried to use it for some malicious purpose, you can simply reconnect and have a new one.
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I am on Be and use a dynamic IP

The dynamic IP is not really that dynamic. It does occasionally change but I have rebooted my router about 20 times and my IP has not changed

Also if you use P2P etc I would recommend getting a different adsl2+ router to the one Be give you. It cannot take many connections which causes it to crash.

An extra note: 24mb is not guaranteed. It is 'upto' 24mb. It all depends on line length and quality.
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I am on Be and use a dynamic IP

The dynamic IP is not really that dynamic. It does occasionally change but I have rebooted my router about 20 times and my IP has not changed
Most IP's run whats called static-dynamic. Basically your IP will only cycle about every 6 months, and during that 6 month window you will get the same IP on yoru router everytime. The IP is loosely tied to your MAC address. If you hook up your router, you'll get ip address X.X.X.102 everytime, hook up your PC and you'd likely get X.X.X.103. The PC will keep this IP until the next IP cycle, and if you go back to the router you'd get .103 again.
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I have a sticky IP(dynamic that changes if i change my WAN MAC or spend a week off the network), but it doesn't matter, because my router binds my IP to my domain... so even if it changes my domain still works...

i run statically assigned DHCP IPs for my important LAN hosts... and have a random dhcp range for the rest...
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