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What is my static ip address?

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Last Modified: 2018-10-19
How do I determine what my static IP address is? I pay monthly for one but my isp will not respond in the last 4 attempts to get the answer.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / Engineer

You can google "what's my IP" address and it will let you know what public IP you're on. So if you do that from inside your network you would see what IP your router is using.

But you ISP should really be giving you that info.

Are you able to logon to the router?
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nociSoftware Engineer
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There is a website named:     https://whatismyipaddress.com/
that will tell you that (both IPv4 & IPv6.) of your IP Access point.
If you mean your local address: ifconfig -a  or ipaddr show   both on unix/linux systems
for windows: ipconfig /all    in a cmd box.
Tom CieslikIT Superintendent
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There is many websites they're tracking IP request, so you can use


or what I prefer is:


You can find yourself with location


Experts, this is somewhere between the Outer Limits and Night Gallery. Not in order of being relative I spoke to Linksys and they saw that my router was set to dhcp and NOT to static ip. I then found a way of contacting the isp owner  and "discussed" the situation with him. He had me re-boot everything and gave me a new static IP address. I also managed to speak to their remote technician and that tech said I was not utilizing any static ip at all much to my surprise. Then, the owner said to touch nothing and to leave the router "set to dhcp forever" as he put it. Why then did he give me a static ip address I wonder. (These were text messages at the end.) So, I am totally confused and if I can get my surveillance system NVR working along with everything else based on what I have been instructed to do then I will stay calm and watch the blinking lights I suppose.

It would be SO much easier for the end user if only the isps would take and spend a LITTLE more money on perhaps one more employee to convey important information to the customer instead of what has been going on. I think that true and genuine customer service is becoming a thing of the past with many organizations. Sad indeed. I will give many kudos to Linksys because their techs are top notch and have a genuine desire to help a customer. Shocking.

Thanks to all for your input. All noted for sure. I am sorry I cannot give more detailed facts that would make sense of all this.


I appreciate ALL the commenting experts! How lucky we are to have you guys & gals helping us out with your expertise!
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Thank you for the update.
nociSoftware Engineer
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Not to make the issue more confusing: There are two kinds of static IP's....
1) static through local hard configuration (no doubt this is static...., it also requires setting DNS lookups, search strings for DNS, default gateway)
2) static through DHCP reservations, now this is static from the point of view YOU  WILL ALWAYS get the same ip address
    (might depend on MAC address, with DSL often times this is based on connection ID (determined by DSLAM), or use username/password combo.)
In the latter case you will get a permanent IP address, it just isn't under you control. With DHCP more information can be passed down to the subscriber, like prefered DNS servers, the default gateway to use, time servers that are available etc. etc.
So DHCP with reservation will give you the right setting more technology agnostic than many other ways.

When changing routers in such a configuration, be aware you may need to copy the MAC address from the old one to the new one.
My ISP uses the connection ID,  and PPPoE to supply the connection. So without further identification i get my IPv4 IP address, my IPv6 PD (prefix delegation), through PPP, the pppX device is my default gateway  and i need to provide all other info myself (DNS settings etc.)

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