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Configure a Static IP for InfoFlo

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What Is A Static IP?

When we talk about IP addresses of home computers, we are usually referring to two types of address. One is your external IP address – the one that the world sees as your Internet connection. Then you have your private IP addresses internally on your home network. Even if you only have one computer on your home network, it will have a private IP given to it by the router. Private IP addresses cannot be routed over the Internet and are strictly for private use. There are a few possible ranges of private IP address, but for most home users this will be 192.168.*.* (where * can be anything).

Why Would I Need A Static Private IP Address & What Are The Advantages?

A Local Web Server

In order to set up a web server on your home network that is accessible by anyone in the world, you need to forward incoming requests on port 80 to your web server machine. If the web server was to restart and get a new IP from the router, the special rule that you created to forward requests on port 80 to the old server IP address wouldn’t work anymore, and your server would break.

Here is what you need to know to set up a Static IP for InfoFlo:

  • 1- Make sure InfoFlo server is accessible on the LAN and its setup on port 8082 and 8443 which is the default port
  • 2- Make sure InfoFlo server has a static IP or a DHCP reservation.
  • 3- Make sure the Internet connection is static, if it dynamic please setup dyndns and configure a host name to be mapped to the dynamic IP.
  • 4- In your router which connects to the Internet line setup a port forwarding rule for incoming traffic on port 8082 and 8443 and point it to port 8082 and 8443 on the IP defined in (2)
  • 5- Test the connection using telnet command and make sure the command ‘telnet INTERNET_IP_ADDRESS 8082’ returns a blank screen and is not timing out.