Oct 5 2012
By Fred Hoot - Google+
I have often stressed the necessity for fixed IP addresses in businesses. Businesses of all sizes from large corporations down to the small privately-owned mom & pop companies can take advantage of fixed IP addresses to make and keep their operations running efficiently.
I am often asked why a private person would need a fixed IP address. There are a lot or reasons why a private individual person would desire a fixed IP address. Let’s look at some of the things that can be accomplished by using a fixed IP address.
In these harsh economic times, everyone wants to conserve his or her money. There are a lot of ways to do this and a fixed IP can help achieve a significant yearly savings of a few hundred dollars or more.
By looking at the various uses below we can see how to achieve this.
Personal Web Presence
It seems like everyone would want a personal web presence. Blogging is the current way where people can develop a very personal web presence.
Yes, there are free blog sites such as WordPress.com or Blogger (formerly Blogspot.com). But why would you want to advertise these services in addition to your own? A personal web presence that is totally your own has been proven to work better than using a free platform.
A very low cost hosting that includes a WordPress blog costs $47.88 a year. WordPress seems to be one of the most popular free blogging software packages and it is available for free.
If you have a fixed IP address you can take an old computer, install one of the many Linux distributions and WordPress, and get a very inexpensive blog site. That could save you close to $50 a year. I didn’t include the domain name cost, because you would need to do this anyway, but they run from $9.99 a year for a .com to just $7.99 a year for a .us domain name.
If you share files or pictures with your friends and family, you can benefit from a personal FTP site. A lot of people share photographs on Facebook or other social media sites, but the quality of the pictures are generally a lower resolution than the original and will not be suitable for enlargements. 2 GB can only hold around 100 RAW format photographs.
Another drawback with family photographs on social media sites is that once the pictures are posted they can last forever. Even if you delete them, at least one of your “friends” will save a copy on their account, share with their friends or even download it to their hard drives.
You have also heard of stories of embarrassing photographs emerging years later to be viewed by you boss or co-workers and people have even been fired because of such discoveries. Let’s face it; some pictures are best kept among family members.
Outside FTP sites are available for free, but are usually limited to 1 or 2 GB. Most of those free sites will charge a nominal fee of $9.99 a month or $119.88.
There are many backup services that will keep your files save from loss such as Carbonite, MyPCBackup.com, JustCloud.com among others. At a low price of 3.95 a month for unlimited backup, it looks like the minimum yearly cost will come to $47.40 a year.
You can roll your own backup by pairing up with a family member or real close friend you completely trust. There are many free FTP programs that support synchronizing folders.
The use of remote access is becoming more widespread with the increased availability of inexpensive tablets. Tablets were not designed to hold every file, picture, document or MP3 that you own, so a way to grab what you need from your home computer is becoming a more important feature to have.
You can see that the ability to remotely access your home system is now in vogue. Services such as GoToMyPC.com, and others go for an average of $9.99 a month or a cost of $119.88 a year. On some, if you pay a year in advance, you can get this for $99 a year.
You should be able to use a remote access client with your firewall. Some firewalls provide their own remote access client. You can alternatively use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access you home network and grab the content you need at the moment.
Things to Consider
You will need a firewall for protection. Do not consider this an extra cost, as you should have one for protection whether or not you have a fixed IP address.
Make sure you get a true fixed IP Address. Some ISPs assign “sticky” IP addresses. These IPs are basically a fixed IP that can change from time to time, especially after periods of no usage or after a power failure.
Let’s see what you can save in a year if you just followed this partial list of cost-savings ideas.
Blog or web site; $ 47.88
FTP site: $119.88
Unlimited Backup $ 47.40
Remote access $ 99.00
Add these up and you get $314.16. That is a nice yearly savings.
The cost of a fixed IP can vary, but many ISPs are now providing 2 free fixed IP addresses to their subscribers.
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