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The issue:

An online webadmin I use requires me to give them my IP before I can use their site. They add the IP to their "allowed" list and I can then login. I just moved to a new apartment where a dedicated IP for myself is no longer possible. In fact, the IP changes a few times weekly which is odd considering it rarely ever changed elsewhere. I cannot call them 3-5 times a week with a new IP :(

The question:

What's the easiest and/or cheapest way to get or fake a dedicated IP? I'm not very savvy when it somes to this stuff, so the only solution I could think of is to get a dedicated server, remote into that, and check the site from there. But that solution is mucho expensivio.

What other options are out there?

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I need a solution that projects my outgoing IP as static (vs. a solution where an outsider visits a static IP which redirects incoming to me). –  Sam Sep 30 '09 at 21:30
    
If you're using some shared internet access: are you sure the IP address you see is not some internal address? The address your webadmin sees is the same as you see at, for example, whatismyipaddress.com –  Arjan Sep 30 '09 at 23:26

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You can try to ask them to enable reverse DNS and give them that - but it would mean that if your IP is shared with everyone in the apartment, anyone may have access.

Other is to ask your ISP for a static IP, or try to get a router / device that can stay on 24/7 and renew the lease - when I was on a old ISP, I managed to have the same IP for 3 years... but then I went on holiday and as it was a long one, I turned everything off and lost it.

The last solution, you said is to get a dedicated server - You do not need to go that far. If you really want to go down this route, try to find a Linux or other VPS (Virtual Private Server) provider, some of them can be as low as £5 a month, from here, you should be able to set up a VPN or other tunnel and go via that. Also, having a VPS would give you other benefits that you may like.

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Good luck... A lot of ISPs flatly refuse to give static IPs. I wish mine would give them. –  Fake Name Jun 30 '10 at 10:52
    
@Fake Name switch ISP's then! If you are doing anything that requires a static IP, then you should switch if they won't give one. Many simply require a fee and will give. –  William Hilsum Jun 30 '10 at 11:09
    
I would if I could. No one else is available where I live. –  Fake Name Jul 1 '10 at 3:50

You could use something like Amazon Elastic IP addresses then run an EC2 instance at the times you need to access the site. Elastic IP addresses cost 2.4 cents / day AFAICS, and you'd only pay for the instance during the time you are using it.

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Sounds like you should get a new provider.

They [should] know better than to restrict logins by public IP address. What if you need to log in from work? Or through a proxy? Or from your friend's house? Or from your phone?

If you can't switch providers, then I suggest that you consider calling them 3-5 times per week to let them know how their policy works in the real world.

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Maybe you can use some proxy server? And maybe services like www.hidemyass.com use some fixed IP address?

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Give your ISP a call, most sell static IPs for anywhere between $2 - $5 a month.

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It's funny that a small VPS (with a static IP included) may cost the same as just a static IP (which can be used from one apartment only). –  Bender Oct 1 '09 at 4:06

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