Vpn and firewall for home

obviouslytom

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I am getting a vpn and firewall for home and the one item I am confused on is the IP from my isp. I have been told that I need to get a static IP for my home in order to have it all work properly. Is this something that I have to do?
 

Nicklebon

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It really depends on your ISP and your use case. My initial thought is that you are being "upsold."

I have dual ISP and have had the same IP from both for several years. I have a friend in PA that can't keep an for a week. One of the difference is my gear is on and up 24x7x365. He powers everything down when he goes to bed or leaves the house. I treat my IPs as static knowing that I will need to make updates in places when they change. Where I am able, I use DNS to minimize any updates I would need to make should the IPs change. You can use ddns to automate these changes though I do not. Using a dynamic IP has never caused an issue here despite running multiple vpn tunnels over each link.
 
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If you can get fixed IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) for minimal cost then great. But it's not needed. Dynamic DNS (DDNS) should work just as well. Most home/SMB/SOHO routers have a DDNS client built-in.
 

Vermillion

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non-static IP doesn't hurt my VPN/firewall at all. It changes every blue moon and that's about it.
 
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