Dynamic vs Static IP Addresses Tutorial

By IPVM Team, Published Apr 16, 2020, 12:00pm EDT

While many cameras default to DHCP out of the box, that does not mean you should use it. This may seem basic for some, but those new to the industry may not know there are other options.

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Inside, we cover the following topics and their impact on surveillance/security networks:

  • Static addressing
  • Dynamic addressing
  • Address Reservations
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Potential issues of each
  • Public vs. private IP address impact
  • IPVM recommendations

For basics on IP addressing cameras, see our Network Addressing for Video Surveillance Guide.

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******, *******, *** ******** addresses *** **** ****** in ************, **** ***** general ***************:

  • *** **** *** *****:***** *** *** ********** to **** ****, *** DHCP ****** ********* **** be **** **** ******* cameras, *** ** *** final ************.
  • ****** ********* **** ****:*** ********* ********* ** dynamic ********* *** ******** the ****** ******** ** configuration **** ********.
  • **** ************ ** *********:************ ******* *** ******** of ****** *********, *** add **** ** ***** configuration **********. **** ****** be **** **** ** policy ********, *** ******* may *** *******. ************ are **** ****** *** the **** **** ******* that **** ******* ****.

** ****** **** ** these ***** *****, ** more ******.

Static *********

********* * ****** ** address ** **** ****** is *** **** ****** way ** ******** ** camera **********. ** **** method, * ****** ******* is ******** ******** ** each ******, ********* ** DHCP ****** ** ***** services. ***** ***** ** no ****** ** ** addresses ********, ** **** DHCP ******, *** ********* for ********** ****** *** reduced, ***** ******* *************** time ** ****** *****. Since *** ****** ** hard ***** **** * specific ******* ** **** retain **** **** ******* after ***** *******, ***************, service, ** *** ***** cause *** ********** *** device:

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*** **** ******** ** the ********* ***** ********** with ********* ********* ** individual *******. ****** ********* are ******** ******** ** individually ********** ** **** camera, ****** ******** ******* the *** *********, ** via ************-******** ********. **** may *** * *** minutes ** ************ **** per ******, ***** *** add ** ** ***** systems.

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**** ************ ***** ***** for ***** ********** ** cameras, ** * ******** group ** ******* *** be ******** ** ********* from * ***-******* *****. Tools **** **** ******** the ***** **** ********, such ** *** ******* below, ******* ******* ********* to ** ********* ** a *****.

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****** ********* *** ********* recommended ** *** *******. The ********** **** ******** to ***** ********* ** minimal ** ***** *******. In ***** *******, *** extra **** ****** *** be ***********, *** ** more **** ***** ** caused ** *************** ***** a ****** ********** ******* address ******. * *********** increase ** ***** ****** installation ** ********* ** unpredictable *************** ****.

Dynamic *********

**** *******, ********* *********, cameras, *******, ****** *******, and ****, ******* ** DHCP **** *** *******, meaning **** *** ********** to ************* ******* ** IP ******* **** *** DHCP ******. ** ***** surveillance ******** ***** *** several ******* ***** *** be *** **** ****** including ****, *******, ******* switches, ******* *** ***** servers, *** ******.

**** ********* **** ** expiration ****, ****** * "lease", ***** ***** *** device ****** ****** *** existing ******* ** ** issued * *** ***. Because ** ****, * camera's ** ******* *** change **** ****.

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*** **** ******* ** using **** ** * reduction ** ***** *****. There ** ******* ***** for ******** * **** address ***** (****** * scope) ** * **** server/router, ***** *****. ***** simply ****** *** ***** and *** ******* ** the ***** *** *** long * **** ***** lasts (*** **** ****** the ******* ** *******).

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******** *** **** ***** will **** **** ** be **** **** ****** the *******'* ******* *****. Setting *** **** ***** only ***** * *** minutes. ***** ********** ** not **** ** ******* to **** ****** ** set *** ** ******* with ******* **********, ******* install **** ** *********. Below ** *** ********** section ** ** ** camera ******* ******* ******* configuration:

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*** ****** ** **** gained ******, *******, ** some ************* ***** ******* to ** ********* ** bulk,*** ***** ***** ****, ***** * ********* range ** ** *******. In **** ****, *** time ******* *** *******.

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*** **** ******* **** using **** ** ****** addresses ********. **** *** present ********, ** ******* which ******* ** *** VMS *** ** ******* (the **** ********) **** no ****** **** ***** the ****** ** **-******* into *** ***. ************, finding *** ******* ******* may ** * ********, and *** ******* ***************'* ********* ****.

************, *** **** ****** may ********* ******** ***** prevent ** **** ******* addresses. **** *** ******* but ** *** ******* to, ******* ******** ******* the ****** *** *******, power *******, **** ***** exhaustion, *** ****. ** contrast, ******* ***** **** static ********* ******* **** still ** **** ** communicate ******* ****** ** the **** ******.

*******, **** ****** ***** when ***** ******* ********* is *** ****** ** rogue **** *******. ************ DHCP ******* *** ** plugged **** *** *******, intentionally ** ***************, *** used ** ****** *********. If *** ** * range ***** **** **** is ******** ** *** network, ******* *** *** be **** ** ******* to *******, ** ** address ********* *** *****. This ** *** ******** a ******* *****, *******, as ******* **** **** a **** ****** **** their ***** *******, ** upon ****.

Dynamic ******* ************

**** ***** ****, ********* may ** ******** ** the ****** *** ******** devices, ***** ** *** device's *** *******. **** may **** ** ****** Static **** ** *** Reservations. **** ******** *** device's ******* **** ********, eliminating *** **** ******** of ***** ****. ** do **, *** ****** should ** *** *** DHCP *** *** ******* IP ******* *** *** camera's *** ******* **** be ******* **** *** DHCP ******'* *****. ***** is ** ******* ** the ***** / ********* for ******* ******* ***********:

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*** *** ****** **** the *** ******* **:**:**:**:**:** will ** ******** *** IP ******* ***.***.***.*** ***** time ** ***** *** network. *** ****** *** not ********** ** ***, and *** **** ************* done *** ** *** DHCP ******, ** **** case * ********* ******.

Public **. ******* *********

**** ****** ****** ********* LAN / ******** (*******) IP ********** *** ************ systems, *** ****** *** (those ******** ** ***'* internet ******* ********), *** issues ** ****** **. dynamic ***** **** ******* at ***** ******** ** ISPs, ** ****.

******** ******* ********* ********* assign ***** ******* *********, regardless ** ******* **** or **** *** ****. This ************* ************'* ************ ****** *********** difficult, ** *** ** address *** **** *******. There *** *** ****** practices **** ** ********* this *****:

  • ***** *** ******** * static ** *******, *** this ** ********* * paid ******* ** *** of ******** ******* **** (~$10-20 *** *** *****). This *** ** ****** affordable ** ****** ************* but *** *********** *** SMB *******, ** *** add *********** **** ** internet *******.
  • *** **** ****** *** around **** **** ** to *** ******* ***, which **** * ****'* public ** ******* ** a ****** ********, *.*., 67.20.198.45 **** ** "****.******.***", with *** ******* *** automatically ******** ** * new ******** ** ******* should ** ******.

** ****** **** ** these ****** ** ****** access ** ********* ******* ****** *** Video ************ *****.

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**** ********! **** **** 5 ************ ** ** ********* for ***** ************.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******** ** ****, but ********* *** ******* in **** *** *******]

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* **** *******, *** misses *** ** *** critical ************* ** ***** DHCP ** ******** *******, namely ** *** **** server **** ***-**** *** any ****** *** ***** network **** **** **** the **** ****** ******. When ***** ********* *** used *** **** ****** is *** * ****** point ** *******, *** devices **** ***** ********* will ******** ** *********** normally.

* *** ******* ********* fixed ********* *** **** you * *** ** problems *****.

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** ****** - * just ***** * ********* to *** ****** ** include *************/******* ******, ***** outages, ***** **********, ***.

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****, ******, **** ****** it.

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* **** ***** * paragraph ** *** ****** to ******* *************/******* ******, power *******, ***** **********, etc.

****, ***, *** ****** should *** ** *** report *** ****** ** DHCP **** ******** ******, as ** ***** ** solve **** ** *** conundrum *** *******.

** ** *** **** least ****** **, ** there *** ***** ********* against **.

*********, **'* * ************* and **** ******* ******.

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**** **** ****** ******* on *** *** *** cameras **** *****. *** all ***/******* **** ** the ******* ** ******* or ** *** **** falls. ******* ****** **** DHCP ************ ** ****** DHCP ** *********.

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*** ****** **** ****** IP ********* ** *** possibility ** **********. ** you *** *** ******* on * ****** *** forget ** ******** **, and **** ****** ** leave ** ************ ******* you're, ***, ***** ** patch ******, **** ******** coworkers *** ************ ****** that **** ******* ** another ******.

***'* *** ** *** I ****.

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** - ******, *** there ** **** *** chance **** ******* **** assign * ****** ******* within *** **** ***** or **** * ****** address ******* ******** ****** than ******** ************* **** scanning *** *******, *******, etc. **** **** *** mention, ************ ****/*****/******* *** be * *******.

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****'* *** ******** ** using **** **** ******** lease ****?

**** ********, ****** ********, unless *** ******** ****** it.

** *** ***/**** ******* is ******-**, **** *** loss ** *** ****** won't ***** ** ** change.

****, *** *** ***** a **** ** *** ip/mac ***** ***** *****, if ***'** ** ********.

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****** * ***** ***.

* ****** *** ********* an ********** *** **** the ******* **** *********** bought ******* *******.

************* ******* ******** ******** and ***** *** ** urgent **** ** ********* hundreds ** ******* ** a *** ** ****** spread ****** *** *****, quickly.

*** **** **** ****, it ***** **** **** a ****** ** ****. Since **** **** ******, well, *** ** ****.

*’* *** ****** ****** way ** ******* ** infallible, **** * ********* when ********* ***** ** acquire.

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****** ***'* **** ** a ************ ** ****, I **** ** ** in *** ****** **** crowd, *** * **** allocate ******** ****** *********

- * *** *** more ******* ** *** external ** ********* ******** traffic

- ****** ** *** up *** ********* ( I *** *** ** a ********* *** ** all ** *** ********* have * ***** *********** and ****, *** ** I ***** ** ** I *** ****** *** them ** * ****** DNS ** **** *******)

- ** *** *** worried ***** * ****** DHCP ****** *** *** set ** *** **** over

- *** **** ****** firewall **** **** ***** DHCP *********

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*** ****** ***: *** you're ***** *** **** as ****. ****** ****** here *** *** **** routinely (** *****) ***** IPv6 ********* ********, **** I ***** *********.

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******* ********** ** **** is ********** *********. *** challenges **** ***** ** IPv4 *** *** ******** for ****. ***** ***** be ******/** ****** ** ever *** ****** ********* in ****. ** ** easy **** *** ********* error-free.

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******** *** *** **** thread ** *** **** question **, *** *'* wondering ** **** *** any **** **** ** an ********** ********** ***.* certificates ** *** *******, and *** ***** ********* are ********** **?

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**** ** ** ***** - *** *** **** 802.1x? ****** ******** ** strict ******** ************ *** unfortunately ****-**** ******** ******* of ****. **** ***** struggle.

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**, ***. * **** have ***** **** **** morning ****** ** ****** hit. ** *** ***** the ********** ***** ** light ** ********/***? ** not **** ****** *** willing ** *** *** the ****** ********? ***** kind ** **** ** hang * **** ***** on *** ******* ** the ********, *** *** use **. ****** ** course *** *** ***** using **** *** ***** Dedicated ****** ****** *****. ( :) * ***** myself **. )

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**** * *** ** installer *** ***** ** Avigilon ** ********, * used **** (************) ** this *** **** *** we ***** ****** **** a *** ****** ** playback (*** *** ****** would ******* * ****** offline *****) **** *** DHCP ***** (* *** lease) ***** ******.
** *** *** * set *** ******* ** have * ****** ** and ***** *** *** reservation *** ** *** DHCP ******. *** ***** option *** ** *** the ****** ** ******* of *** **** ****.

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** *** *** * set *** ******* ** have * ****** ** and ***** *** *** reservation *** ** *** DHCP ******.

*** *** **** *** the ***** **** ** infinite - **** ** both ******.

** *************.

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******* ***** ***** ********** - *********** ***' *** cameras *** ** *** many ** *** ****** cloud ********* ******* ** even ******* **** ** DHCP **** *** ******** since *** ******* ***** home ** *** ***** and ******** *** *********** means. ******** **** ***** times, ********* ******** *****, and ***** ********** ******* reduce ********.

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**** * ******** ****** just **** ******* ********* static. *** ****** ** assignment ** ******* ** the ****** **** ****** via *** ********. **** mapping *** ** ****** in *** ****** **** even ** *** ******* or ******* *******.

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*** **** ******* **** using **** ** ****** addresses ********. **** *** present ********, ** ******* which ******* ** *** VMS *** ** ******* (the **** ********) **** no ****** **** ***** the ****** ** **-******* into *** ***.

** ** ***** **** these ****? **** ***** will ************* ****** **** a ****** ** ****** IP.

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* ***** ***** ** the ****** **** *****. In * ****-******** ******** segmented ******* ***** *** be **** ****** **** the ******** ***** ****** priority. ****** *** ** discovered ** ********* **** OSPF ** *** ********** in **** ******. ******* need ** **** *** gateway ** *** *******/********* subnet. *** *** **** discover * *** ** the **** ****** ****** the ****** ***** *** address ** *** *** and ********* *************. *** most ****** ***** **** to ** ******** **** a ****** ****** ****** so *** ******* **** routed ** *** ****** WAN *** *** ** individually ****** ***** ** subnets. ****** *** ********* determine **** ******* *** reachable ** **** ***** and **** ****** *** security ********* ******** **** a ****** ******.

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** ** ***** **** - *****'* ************** *** a **** ************ ****** network *** ********* ***** 3 ** *** ****** layer ***** ***** ****. Basically ******* - **** or ***** ******* ** access ******** *** *** spanning ***** ****** **** closets. **** **** ****** has ********** ******* *** different *********** ***** - aka, *** ***** **** in *** * ** not *** **** ********* domain ** ***** **** in *** *. *********, that ******* ******** ***** that *** ********* ******* a ****** ** *** same ***. ***** * discovery ********* ***** *** work ******* **** ******* as ** ** ******* a (****-*****) ******** ** the ** ****** ****** in **** ******.

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********* ******* - **** or ***** ******* ** access ******** *** *** spanning ***** ****** **** closets.

** ** ****** *** cameras ** ** ****** dynamically?

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******* ** *** ** making ********** ********* *** how ****** *** *** is. **** ****** ****** based ** **** ** client.

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** **** *** *** IP *******:

**** **** *** ****** download | ***********.***

******* ******* *** ********

****** (******* ****** *** bright ******)

***** ** *******

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************* * **** ***** had ** *** * DDNS ******* *** ** clients ******* ***** **** tend ** **-***** *** same *** **** *** time *****, **** ** they ***'* ********* ** static. * ***'* ***** my **** ** ****** WAN *** **** ******* in ***** **** *****!

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*** *** **** * /30 *******. ***** *** getting **** *** *** wasteful. *** *** /** around ****. ***** ***** has /**'*. * ***** it's **** ** *** come ** ** ***** on *** *** ****

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* ***** **'* **** we *** **** ** to ***** ** ***...

**** **** - ********** IP6 ******** ** **** around *** ******:

**** ********: **** ** Last

**, **** ****'* **** 2014 :)

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***'* *** ** *******. /64 ** *** *** /24 *** ********* *** learning ***** ** **** for ****** *** *****. People *** * **** number *** **** **** but *** ** *** concepts *** ** **** cleaner.

*** *** ***** ** be * ***** **** work-around *** ********* **** would **** **** *** simpler ******* ***** ********** over **** **** ********. IPv4 ****** ***.

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*** *** ***** ** be * ***** **** work-around *** ********* **** would **** **** *** simpler ******* ***** ********** over **** **** ********.

*'* ****** *** ** give *** ** **, (even *****-***), ** ***** site * *****. *** wasn't ******** ** *********, but *********** **** *** be *** **** ********* quality.

****** *** * **** number *** **** **** but *** ** *** concepts *** ** **** cleaner.

**'* *******, *******. *** i'm *** **** ****** wins, ***** *'** ****** a *** *****.

* **** ***** **** BetaMax **** ** *** and *** **** ** TCP/IP.

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*** *** ** *** a **** *** **** they **.

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**** ** *** ******* are *** ****** **** and ** ****** *** DHCP.... ** ****** ******* and ********* **** ******* in ******** **** *** use ******* ************. **** you **** * ***** camera ***** ** * complex ******* **** ** a **** ********* ** it ***** *** ** the ****** ************* ****. On * ***** ****** you **** ****** *** dublicate ********* **** ********** manually *** ******* **** out *** ** * nightmare ********* ** **** network ******** *** *** size ** **** *******. What ** ****** ******** though ** **** ***** are ***** * ***** number ** ******* **** ship **** *** ************ with ****** ********** (******** and **** ** ****** are *** **** **** to ****). * ***** that ****** *** **** the ******* ************** ** support ** **** *** dangerous *** * ***** never ***** ** ***** it **** ** ***** two **** *******.

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*** ****** *** **** ISPs **** ***'* ***** IPv4 *******?

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*'* *******, ** **** is **** ** ****** network, ** *** ******* get ***** ** *** VMS ** * **** name *** *** ** IP?

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* ******* ******* ** on *** *********** ******* Static *** ****. ** marry ** *** ***'* and ****** ******* ** configure *** **** *******.

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