I find myself in an interesting position.

I am looking to get a dedicated IP address so that I can host my own server, since I am currently paying a healthy chunk of change per month for a VPS that is virtually useless.

The issue is that the two major ISPs in my area only provide static IP addresses to business accounts and in order to get a business account you must have a registered business.

Right now I am looking around for other local ISPs who do provide dedicated IP addresses, but I am wondering if it is possible to use a proxy as a dedicated IP address and whether or not there are any other ways around this?

  • I think the solution you are looking for is dynamic DNS. – Tim_Stewart Jun 24 '18 at 22:22
  • @Tim_Stewart I do have a free plan with NoIP.com. I've been doing some digging and I'm at the point where I believe my only option will be NoIP.com's Plus plan so that I can use my own personal domain. How do services like NoIP work, though? Do they use proxies or? – user2230470 Jun 24 '18 at 22:27
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    @acejavelin thanks. i know it works with NoIP at the very least (and I believe dyndns iirc). it's built into the modem interface options – user2230470 Jun 24 '18 at 23:04
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    You can use most Dynamic DNS services even if your router doesn't support it, you just have to install a small application on a computer in the LAN that reports in every so often, usually once every 30 or 60 minutes. – acejavelin Jun 24 '18 at 23:11
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    lol... Close to Canada, but in the US. Simple, service is terminated, depending on the amount of traffic it might be immediate or we may give 30 days notice. At that point they can either stop hosting servers or sign up for a commercial account, but most ISP's here don't require you to be a "registered business". Basically if you continue to violate the T&C of your service agreement, we terminate your service. Granted this is rare, most people who host their own "servers" are pretty mundane, security cameras, personal file or media servers, etc. Those we generally don't mess with. – acejavelin Jun 24 '18 at 23:47

Assuming your home connection is fast and reliable enough (big if) you could find a VPN provider to give you a static IP address over a VPN - or even convert your VPS into an OpenVPN server to provide a static IP to your home. Another advantage of using a VPN is it stops your ISP telling you how you can use resources you have paid for (I can rant on about this...)

You could use a reverse proxy to do something similar, but that has quite a few disadvantages compared with a VPN - about the only positive I can think of is increased speed to cached content)

  • so it is indeed possible to use a VPN and or a proxy with a dedicated IP to "proxy" your home server? no idea what a reverse proxy is. my internet is decent, usually 100-125 DL and 30-60 UL – user2230470 Jun 25 '18 at 0:51
  • Let me put it this way - I provided it as a commercial service to a handful of people to bypass the local Telco limitations many years ago when I ran an ISP. A reverse proxy is where the proxy server is associated with the web server rather then the end user. – davidgo Jun 25 '18 at 1:52
  • Interesting. Using a VPN sounds like something worth looking into, since encrypted incoming traffic may be indistinguishable from, say, incoming data from gaming, right? But how can a VPN give somebody a static IP? – user2230470 Jun 25 '18 at 1:56
  • Simplifying just a bit - A VPN routes (in this case all) traffic to/from your server via itself - so the world sees the data as originating from the VPN. In fact, early VPNs ran over PPP - the same protocol used by ISPs to connect you to the Internet while hiding their internal Network. – davidgo Jun 25 '18 at 2:02
  • um, can't ISPs still identify the traffic going from your computer to the VPN and vice-versa, the traffic is simply encrypted? similar to a proxy, except a proxy doesn't encrypt the traffic, no? – user2230470 Jun 25 '18 at 2:06

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