[GLLUG] IPv6 addresses

John Winters john at sinodun.org.uk
Sun Jul 18 10:03:31 UTC 2021

On 18/07/2021 10:33, Chris Bell via GLLUG wrote:
> Is there a cost involved in providing a static address, or are UK customers
> considered to be incapable of safely using a static address? Perhaps it just
> allows them to charge extra for a "business" broadband.

Back in the days of dial-up, providing a fixed IP address was quite a 
hard problem to solve, given that each time you dialled in you almost 
certainly came in on a different modem/port.  Most ISPs simply assigned 
an IP address to each port and thus that's what you got.  Demon went to 
a lot of trouble to switch the routing around for each customer and thus 
give you a static address.

I suspect that that problem no longer exists, so it's probably just a 
mechanism to differentiate between cheaper and more expensive packages 

Just another reason not to use BT as an ISP.  Go to a serious provider 
and save yourself infinite amounts of hassle.


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