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Standard User ukwoody
(experienced) Tue 13-Jan-15 20:23:23
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Static Ip for fttp question


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Hi all,
I upload my weather data via http every few moments. Problem is my connection is a bit unreliable and my Ip address keeps changing. I need a way to keep a static Ip address so I can securely upload to my site.

I know i can buy a static IP from a 3rd party company, but isnt that only for people "dialing" into to me rather me "dialing" out??? POBroadband doesn't seem to offer them - when I explained what one was!
woody

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Woody (chuntering along in his own inimitable style, using 100 words when 10 would do)
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 13-Jan-15 20:38:41
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A 3rd party static ip is no use. If you need a static ip your broadband provider needs to supply it.

Presume the static is so you can limit access to your current ip on the weather server

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 14-Jan-15 09:13:59
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Most UK consumer broadband services don't offer static IPs. There are a few that do (I know PlusNet do for a one off £5 charge, Zen offer it as standard, suspect people like AAISP may do as well but haven't looked). Big ISPs like BT, Sky and TalkTalk don't offer them on their consumer packages but may on business packages.

as it stands you would have to change ISP to get a static IP. The question, which MrS has also asked, is why specifically do you need a static IP? What is the security issue for weather data uploads which are presumably not sensitive data?


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Standard User longedge
(member) Wed 14-Jan-15 10:04:36
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I don't know if it's relevant to your needs but I installed and setup 'Cumulus' for my brother-in-law on his web space a while back. Updates are by ftp every 5 minutes and it has been running faultlessly for months now. The Cumulus package comes with a set of easily adapted web pages. I run it myself on my own weather station but I haven't bothered setting it up on my web site.

P.S. - He doesn't have a fixed IP by the way.

Edited by longedge (Wed 14-Jan-15 10:15:32)

Standard User ukwoody
(experienced) Wed 14-Jan-15 10:09:56
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Thanks for replying guys.

In order to upload the data to my site via fttp I have to grant access to it and whitelist the IP address.

I have two other options, but one would involve allowing a large block of IP addresses which I would have to try and find out (PObroadband supplied by talktalk) and leave it less secure, or allow global access, which I am very reluctant to do.

My webhost is brilliant and I will have a chat with them this morning and see what they can suggest from their end, and if they feel I would be compromising much by allowing global access. I wouldn't know how to go about trying to find the allocated block (if there is one now) for the PO.

Thanks again
woody

regards,
Woody (chuntering along in his own inimitable style, using 100 words when 10 would do)
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 14-Jan-15 10:17:06
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OK, in which case either you have to lower the security (and most people probably don't seriously lock down their webhost for personal use unless they are uploading sensitive data) or change ISP to one of the ones that does support static IPs.
Standard User ukwoody
(experienced) Wed 14-Jan-15 10:32:15
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Perhaps I should have spoken to my webhost (Clook) first. They are so helpful and prompt.

I will allow global access with a slight mod, and create a complex password.

Thanks for help gents

woody

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Woody (chuntering along in his own inimitable style, using 100 words when 10 would do)
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 14-Jan-15 10:35:24
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Your webhost may allow an IP range to be set in the firewall, which will reduce the size of the open window.

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Standard User ukwoody
(experienced) Wed 14-Jan-15 11:08:25
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Thanks MR S, yes they do , but I cannot locate the IP range the PO use via TT

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 14-Jan-15 11:23:25
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They use various ones, so a difficult ISP to pin down. We have a long list of them, and far too many for you to want to configure them I guess.

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