Your Starlink is connected to the internet with an Internet Protocol (IP) address. There are two types of IP addresses, static and dynamic. By default, Starlink automatically assigns each customer a dynamic IP address.
Some customers may have a need for a static IP address. Typically, these are customers needing to use a VPN to reliably and securely connect to remote servers. The average home internet user doesn’t require a static IP.
If you do have a need for a public/static IP address, I’ll explain how to get one from Starlink in the next section.
Does Starlink offer static IP addresses?
Yes, Starlink offers static/public IP addresses if you are a Business tier customer. Static IP’s are not available for Residential, or any other service tier.
Why can’t I get a static IP for Residential?
Starlink assigns Residential customers dynamic IP addresses through a system called CGNAT. The internet has grown so much worldwide that there simply aren’t enough unique IPV4 IP addresses to go around. To solve this issue, ISP’s use technologies like CGNAT.
Basically, it allows ISP’s to pool together IP addresses, and then dynamically assign them as necessary to customers as they come online.
What this means for you is that your public facing IP address (what the internet sees) changes frequently. This can be an issue for certain activities, such as online gaming or connecting to a remote server through a VPN.
Because IPV4 addresses are in short supply, Starlink charges a premium to be able to reserve your own static IP address. That is why you’ll need to subscribe to Starlink’s Business plan to get one.
Will Starlink offer them in the future?
Starlink says they may offer static IP’s for Residential customers in the future, for an additional cost. When the world adopts the IPV6 standard, this will be much easier for Starlink to do. But right now with IPV4, Starlink is only offering this feature for Business tier users.
To learn more about IP addresses, check out this article.
For more information on CGNAT, and the exhaustion of IPV4 addresses, click here.