Business broadband AND a static IP

Business broadband deals come with all kinds of useful bits and bobs, like priority tech support and web hosting, and one of them is the option to add a static IP (internet protocol) address.

Unlike a dynamic IP, a static IP always stays the same, which makes connecting to your computer easier and more reliable.

This means you can:

  • Run a server
  • Host a website
  • Access your PC remotely
  • Install CCTV
  • Get emails directly

And do all kinds of other useful networking stuff.

Do I need a static IP address?

Although not everyone will find a static IP absolutely vital, all kinds of businesses can benefit from one, whether you’ve got a small business or a big office. For instance, with a static IP…

  • …shops, hairdressers, cafes, and restaurants can get CCTV
  • …a home office can get direct emails, let you remotely access your computer, and make more reliable VoIP calls
  • …websites and web-based services can host their site and domain name on their own server
  • …large offices can run an FTP server, get direct emails, connect to external services, and get general improved reliability on their connection

For more information on what a static IP is and what it can be used for, take a look at our full guide.

Does a static IP address cost extra?

How much you’ll need to pay for a static IP will vary depending on which provider and broadband package you choose.

Some providers - such as BT and TalkTalk - will throw one (or more) in for free on certain business packages.

Others, such as XLN, charge a small monthly fee, though it can be as low as £2 per month. If you want a whole bunch of IPs, you may even be able to get them as a bundle for a reduced rate.

Business broadband with a static IP

Most business broadband providers offer static IP addresses, either included in your broadband package as standard or available as an extra. It’s one of the many benefits of getting a dedicated business broadband connection - it’s very rare to find standard home broadband that gives you a static IP.

The following providers offer static IPs:

  • bOnline - They’re available on request
  • BT Business - You can add up to 13 for a monthly fee, though some packages also include one as standard
  • TalkTalk Business - You can add up to four, depending on which package you choose
  • Woav - Available on request
  • XLN - Lets you add one as an extra for a small monthly fee

To get business broadband with a static IP, pop your postcode into our postcode checker, and we’ll show you what’s available in your area. Pick a package that lets you add a static IP, then click through to sign up and get ready to enjoy all the benefits that it brings you.

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  1. What is business broadband?
    Business broadband packages are designed to cater for workplaces, including offices, rather than homes. They are typically tailored to support multiple users, and offer additional features such as inclusive website domain names, email accounts, static IP addresses, comprehensive technical support, and more.
  2. What do I need from business broadband?

    Every company is unique, and every company will likely need slightly different things from their broadband. There are, however, a few constants that are likely to benefit any type of business:

    • Speed - A dawdling connection will cost you time, money and likely cause widespread annoyance to boot. Check both download speeds (how long it takes to retrieve data from the web) and upload speeds (how fast it is send information from your computers over the web) when researching packages.
    • Unlimited usage - In business, you don’t want to be held back by how much you can download. Fortunately, most business broadband providers offer unlimited downloads.
    • Technical support - Many business broadband packages offer comprehensive technical support, so you can get advice, and have things up and running as soon as possible.
  3. How do I get a business broadband package?
    That’s where we can help. Simply enter your postcode into our comparison service, and we’ll automatically find the best deals available in your area. Then it’s a simple matter to compare options and find the best package for the best price. Click the package you want, and we’ll send you straight to the right place on the provider’s website. Easy, simple and hassle-free.
  4. Do I need anti-virus software or other protection?
    The internet is full of threats, from viruses that disrupt your systems, to hackers, spam and other inconveniences. So internet security software - anti-virus, spam protection, a firewall for example - is absolutely essential. Many providers offer this software alongside broadband packages for free, or at a reduced cost, so make sure you check when switching packages.
  5. Can I use a home broadband connection for my business?

    If you have a home office, work as a sole trader, or work freelance, you may find that a home broadband package is adequate for your needs. The important thing is to consider how you’ll use it and the impact that will have. If you’re using your connection for business as well as your family’s personal use, for example, what will this mean for speeds or download limits?

    On the other hand, some kinds of business will need the special features offered by a business package. An email server will need a static IP address, for example.

  6. Can I have a second phone line installed?

    Yes, it's possible to get a second phone line installed into a property. There are many reasons you might want to do this - getting a business-specific line, or splitting your property into flats or rented rooms, for example.

    The cost of fitting a second line will vary depending on who your provider is, and you may have to wait a few days until an engineer is available to do the work. Contact the provider for more information.