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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:38 pm 

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Hey all,

I am new to these forums, and a sort of advanced-beginner at Linux. I am currently building a Linux server, which I will be using to host a few websites that I currently host through serverbeach. My ISP is a cable provider, and my question is, How should I go about getting a static IP address?? I mean, is there some procedure I need to know about, and do I even NEED a static IP address or is there some technique to function otherwise?

Also, what would be the best choice of hardware as far as my networking is concerned? I am leaning towards a basic router to share my connection, with my main computer being my development station, and my Linux Server running right along side it. I will be using a KVM switch to save the cost of buying a new monitor and all that good stuff. Thanks for the advice!!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:49 pm 

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Not sure about bigpond, but optus cable is pretty much static IP address. In the 4 years I have had it, the IP has changed maybe 4-5 times in total.

You can use a dynamic ip client like or if you are with a provider that has a dynamic ip address scheme. Some providers will allow you to pay an extra $5 a month for a static IP address etc.

You might also want to check that your ISP will allow you to run a webserver, as I know its against optus's AUP, and thus they can terminate your connection for breech of contract.

As for a router, I suggest something like the DI-704P from D-Link which you can pick up for around $115 inc GST these days.

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