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.
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Does Starlink offer static IP addresses?
No, Starlink does not offer static IP addresses, for any level of service. The Priority (Business) plan does offer a public IPV4 address that is publicly routable, but it is not a static IP address.
Why can’t I get a static IP for Standard/Residential?
Starlink assigns Standard 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 a public IP address. That is why you’ll need to subscribe to Starlink’s Priority plan to get a public IP. And even then, it’s not necessarily static, it could change at Starlink’s discretion.
Will Starlink offer them in the future?
Starlink says they may offer static IP’s 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, it is difficult and costly for Starlink to offer static and public IP addresses for their customers.
Alternative: Use a VPN service
One alternative to getting a static IP from Starlink is to use a VPN service. A VPN hides your internet connection behind a VPN server, so all traffic coming in and out goes through the VPN. It’s possible to avoid the Starlink CGNAT issues and potentially gain a static IP by using a VPN service.
VPN providers like Private Internet Access (PIA) offer plans with a dedicated IP address. For most applications, this dedicated IP would work like a true static IP. Signing up for a VPN plan with access to a dedicated IP is the workaround I recommend.
For more details, and recommendations on which VPN service to use, check out our article on using a VPN with Starlink.
Related: Does Starlink Have Port Forwarding?
To learn more about IP addresses, check out this article.
For more information on CGNAT, and the exhaustion of IPV4 addresses, click here.