High speed Internet access through Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable modem technology is a necessity for many businesspeople that run small offices or home offices. However, many who already have such a service have a complaint -- their TCP/IP addresses can change. Internet access provider EarthLink has announced today a new service designed to address that problem.
For many users, it doesn't matter if their IP address shifts around, since they're only using the service for outbound communication. For others, this means it's nearly impossible to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to a corporate network or to host a Web server, since their IP address may change from day to day or week to week.
EarthLink director of broadband products John Ellis describes his company's new static IP address service as positioned between consumer and high-end business offerings.
"Now those who want to step up to a static IP address can do so for minimal cost. And combined with our new Home Networking service, it's a perfect solution for corporations trying to connect remote employees to their VPN," said Ellis.
The new static IP address service costs an additional US$15 per month on top of the $49.95 EarthLink DSL service. The service is now available for new and existing customers in 17 metropolitan markets. EarthLink said that the service will be expanded to cover more than 25 markets soon. More details can be found on EarthLink's Web site.
This story, "EarthLink offers DSL users fixed IP address option" was originally published by PCWorld.