[access-uk] Re: Service Providers

Hi Donna,

I don't have personal experience of WinMX, but suffice to
say that anything which requires to contact your system,
normally requires that you have a fixed IP address.

Think of it like a telephone number.  You can use your
telephone to call people and exchange information with
whoever you call.  However, if nobody knows what your
telephone number is, they cannot call you.

The problem with "Dynamic" IP addresses is that they can
change, so what you have today, might be different from what
you have next time you connect to your ISP.

George. 

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Donna Waring
Sent: 17 January 2006 10:18
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers

George, if you have a dynamic IP address, does this mean you
can't use programs such as WinMX I wonder?

Donna
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:22 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers


Hi Richard,

I'm not Andrew, but hopefully I can try and explain.

A Static Internet Protocol (IP) address is rather akin to
having your own telephone, as opposed to using say a choice
of 4 or 5 payphones near your house.

If you have your own telephone, your friends can call you at
home because you have a telephone number that doesn't
change.  On the other hand, if they were to try and call one
of the payphones, it would be somewhat hit and miss as to
whether or not you happened to be near one of the payphones
when they called.

In my case, I travel a fair amount, and there are times when
I want to contact my office or home systems to perhaps get
mail, or to send and received files.  If I didn't have a
specific IP address for each location, I would not be able
to reliably communicate.

I hope this is clear, but don't hesitate to ask if I've not
explained something very well, and I'll try to do better.

George.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard
Godfrey
> Sent: 28 November 2005 21:16
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers
>
> Andrew, What is the practical difference of using a static
IP
> address please?  Thanks.
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