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Chapter 15. Advanced Access Point Config... > Dynamic IP Addressing Versus Fixed I...

Dynamic IP Addressing Versus Fixed IP Assignment

If your Internet connection works using a dynamic IP (Internet Protocol) address, it means that every time your computer starts up, it is assigned an IP address from the pool of available addresses. The same thing is true when your IP is released and renewed using Ipconfig. In other words, you don't have a fixed IP address on the Internet. You can think of dynamic IP addressing as similar to time-sharing at a holiday resort: You can pack more travelers in because nobody owns anything specific, but you don't know for sure exactly who will be at a specific location at any given time.

Dynamic IP addressing is the most common way ISPs such as your cable or DSL provider use to assign you an IP address on the Internet. The IP address that the ISP dynamically provides you is used by your computer to identify itself on the Internet. It's also used by an access point/router to identify your whole network to the Internet. (The router also assigns IP addresses within your network, but that's a different story.)


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