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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Dec 15, 2006
    Setting up a static IP address
    Hi there,

    I'm about to embark on port forwarding and setting up a static ip address.

    Can anyone tell me in plain English, not how to do this, but whether there is a bad side to it, like will it damage my system, does it leave me open to attack / viruses, will it crash my network and stop it from connecting to the internet


    Is it reversible? If it all goes horribly wrong, can I change it back to how it was and would I need to?

    Any advice on the pros and cons of static ip addresses / portforwarding would be gratefully received.

    All the best


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    cradom's Avatar
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    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP Linux Mint 18
    I just did it to use Azureus. No it will not damage your system. It will not leave you open to attacks. It is reversible (as I found out the first time I did it and did it wrong )

    When you do it, print out the instructions first, could be hard to go back to the web page for them after changing some settings.
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    Member Since
    Dec 15, 2006
    Thanks Cradom, I will.

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    cazabam's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 06, 2006
    MacBook 2.0GHz White, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD
    There's no danger to assigning a static IP to a machine. You don't even have to move your entire network to static IP; you can just do it for the one or two machines that need it.

    Automatic assignment of an IP is done with DHCP. Your router will have a range of IPs that it will assign via DHCP. For example, mine will allocate to to DHCP clients. This leaves me to for use as static IPs ( is the router itself).

    There is nothing inherently dangerous about static IP - it's just a more manual way of doing what DHCP does for you. The worst that can happen is that you will get a problem and just change the settings back to what they were (make a note of EVERY setting you change).

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    Apr 29, 2006
    St. Somewhere
    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
    I have run my Mac both ways - static IP up until a few weeks ago, and then DHCP dynamic IPs since I took out Verizon FiOS (what a GREAT service that is!! Can you say "FAST"? <grin>). It has worked seamlessly both ways. So, it is definitely reversable - just change a few settings in the Network area of your System Preferences.
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