Misinformation on "Dynamic IP vs Static IP" page
Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:29 pm
This is a great statement - there's a lot of misinformation spread, and I fear that some articles on this website contribute to this.Still, there seems to be a lot of misinformation, concern and confusion about IP addresses. Part of our mission is to separate facts from hype and give you helpful information. You can learn more about IP address basics in our article called "IP 101".
The page I refer to is http://whatismyipaddress.com/dynamic-static
The first issue I draw with this page is this claim:
I agree that a static IP address is more reliable to host a gaming website (or any website at all). The rest is simply not true - VoIP is, assuming you have a connection faster than 100kbps, reliable. Static or dynamic makes no difference to this. Gaming consoles the same (with slightly higher speed requirements, of course).Static IP addresses are more reliable for Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), more reliable to host a gaming website or to play X-Box, Play Station, use Virtual Private Network for secure access to files from your company network computer, etc.
The second (and frankly most concerning) is this:
Static IP addresses don't increase upload and download speed.Static IP addresses are also great if you use your computer as a server, as it should give your file server faster file uploads and downloads.
Finally (and continuing from the first issue), the final paragraph of dynamic ip addresses:
IP addresses don't affect the stability of a connection.In contrast, Dynamic IP addressing should not be used for VOIP, VPN, playing online games or game hosting because Dynamic IP addressing is less reliable then Static IP addressing and could cause the service to disconnect while you are on a VOIP, VPN or gaming.
I realise I'm not posting new text for the page as a suggestion - I've had a think about it and I can't come up with anything new.
This might sound more negative than it's meant, but it really is for the benefit of the site and it's many users.