5 Best VPNs For Static or dedicated IP addresses

With a VPN you can easily spoof your location to elsewhere. However, most VPNs provide access to dynamic IPs that change every time you connect to a VPN server. For anybody who uses online services that require them to always appear in one fixed location, this can be problematic.

Luckily, some VPNs offer static IPs that subscribers can connect to time and time again. This article pinpoints the five best VPNs for static IP, and provides an explanation as to why people might need a fixed IP. The services we have recommended provide watertight privacy, security, outstanding unblocking capabilities, and both dynamic or static IP addresses.

Getting a static IP address is possible with a VPN subscription. However, normally it will require you to pay a little bit more than the standard fee. Paying for a dedicated IP address is a solid plan for anybody who needs a remote static IP address that only they can use. However, this feature isn’t available with most providers, so you will require very specific recommendations... 

The best Static IP VPN Providers

The list below gives you a quick look at the best static IP VPN services, For more details, please scroll down.  

  1. NordVPN - great all round service that provides static IPs at a reasonable rate
  2. VPNArea - get a shared static IP without paying extra, or a dedicated IP at an affordable price
  3. Ivacy - provides static IPs and port forwarding for people who want to host
  4. VyprVPN - static IPs are available on its VyprVPN Cloud feature, but it is not suitable for hosting
  5. Windscribe - opt for a static IP in a server farm or a residential IP if you prefer

The best dedicated/Static IP VPN services - Summaries

Below is more detail about the best VPNs that offer static IP(dedicated IP) addresses. Some of the services below offer a dedicated IP to subscribers for free. If you want more information, check out our provider reviews.

1. NordVPN

NordVPN is a superb all rounder with static IPs for all your needs

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Torrenting
    • Netflix
    • Livechat
    • Money-back Guarantee

NordVPN is a service based in Panama that provides static IPs at an extra cost of $70 per year. Users can choose to have a static dedicated IP in the United States (Buffalo, Los Angeles, Dallas), Germany (Frankfurt), United Kingdom (London), and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Users cannot use their dedicated IP for hosting because their servers do not permit port forwarding under any circumstances. However, if you need a static IP to access services with an IP address that is guaranteed never to change this service is an excellent option. You can test it thanks to its 30-day money-back guarantee.

2. VPNArea

VPNArea is ideal for VPN beginners who require top-of-the-range support

  • Pricing

    From $2.99 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Torrenting
    • Netflix
    • Livechat
    • Money-back Guarantee

VPNArea only uses static IPs which means that every time you connect to one of its servers the IP address will remain the same each time. This is pretty unusual. However, it is worth noting that VPNArea never permits port forwarding on the SMTP and website ports, which means the service cannot be used for hosting purposes. VPNArea also sells dedicated static IPs in various locations, these cost between $20 and $40 per year. Port forwarding can be performed on these dedicated static IPs but not on the smtp and website ports. Users can port forward and host on a non-standard port, but that is not as useful. In addition, if a complaint is received about abuse occurring at the static dedicated IP address, VPNArea withholds the right to close down the account and pass details about whoever purchased the subscription to the authorities.

3. Ivacy

  • Pricing

    From $1.33 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • Livechat
    • Money-back Guarantee

Ivacy is one of the few VPNs that provides dedicated static IPs that you can port forward on and use for hosting. Ivacy does not block any ports at all, it will also allow you to use as much bandwidth as you like - so if you are expecting a lot of traffic to the service you host it is not a problem either. A dedicated static IP costs just $1.99 per month which considering what the firm lets you do is very cheap. An excellent VPN that is worth testing using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

4. VyprVPN

  • Pricing

    From $4.17 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Torrenting
    • Netflix
    • Livechat
    • Money-back Guarantee

VyprVPN is an excellent service that allows customers to get a static, dedicated IP via the VyprVPN Cloud feature. Cloud must be purchased on top of a Pro Premium plan. However, VyprVPN does not permit port forwarding which means that its static IPs are not suitable for hosting a website or SMTP server. VyprVPN Cloud is only a VPN server and cannot be used for anything else. You can test the VPN thanks to its money-back guarantee, however, subscribers who pay for a static IP will not be able to get their money back as the CloudVPN is not covered.

5. Windscribe

  • Pricing

    From $3.7 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Torrenting
    • Netflix
    • Livechat
    • Money-back Guarantee

Windscribe VPN permits users to get a static IP address only via the Pro Plan with unlimited data. Users can opt to pay either $24.99 per year for a static IP address in a standard server center or $96 per year for a static IP address that appears to be a regular residential IP. Users can use port forwarding on these dedicated IPs which means that a dedicated IP can be used for hosting. However, Windscribe is based in Canada which is not ideal for privacy. It all depends on your personal threat model. However, for most people who simply need a fixed IP to access websites and services, this service will work a treat.

What is a static IP address?

A static IP address is simply an IP address that doesn’t change over time. ISPs use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to provide IPs from a pool of addresses, which means that they are dynamic and could change at any point. 

If you want to access your home computer while you're on the move, or a work computer from home, getting a static IP address lets you reach your machine at any time without fear that your ISP might randomly update your IP and block your access. 

Although some VPNs do provide static IPs as a special extra you can purchase, most do not. VPNs have huge numbers of servers and IP addresses, not only around the world but in each individual location too. This is because they need to manage the load on their servers to avoid congestion (which can cause slow speeds for their users). 

For more information on the difference between static IPs and dedicated IPs please check out our guide. 

A dedicated IP is a static IP address that you can purchase from a VPN provider that only you get to use. This kind of IP address can be useful for certain VPN customers that need their IP address to never be used by anybody else.  

Why do I need a static IP VPN?

Some people require a fixed IP address either because they can’t run the risk of being discovered using a VPN, or because they need to access their IP address regularly from a remote location. 

As previously explained, ISPs provide dynamic addresses, which is problematic if you need to communicate with your IP address on a frequent basis. Some reasons people might need a fixed IP address are as follows:

  • To provide access to a computer remotely
  • To remotely access a home file server, NAS, FTP, or web server
  • To forward ports to certain devices or services
  • To share access to hardware over the internet
  • To connect to an IP camera remotely
  • To set up a Plex server
  • To self-host your own games

Other internet users require the websites they visit to always register the same IP address when they connect. One example of this is for accessing online poker accounts; where spoofing your location to play games is against the Terms of Service and might cause you to have your account revoked and the winnings confiscated.

How to get a static IP

One way to get a static IP is to pay your ISP for one. However, ISPs tend to charge a hefty fee for this pleasure. Luckily, it is possible to save costs by getting a static IP address with a VPN provider instead. The static VPNs in this guide have been selected because they provide static IPs at a reasonable rate.

Do I need a static IP VPN address?

Most people do not require a static IP address and will get everything they need from a regular VPN connection to a shared dynamic IP. In fact, for most purposes, a non-fixed dynamic IP address that is shared by many users is better for privacy. 

This is because your web browsing habits on that server are mixed with the web browsing habits of hundreds of other users providing a higher degree of anonymity.  

What are the drawbacks of a dedicated static IP?

Because only one customer rents and uses a dedicated static IP, anything that they do on that server can be traced back to them. The best VPNs keep no logs, which means that there is no paper trail once a session ends. 

However, it is possible to monitor data passing through a VPN server in real-time, and if the dedicated IP is targeted by the authorities with a warrant, they could theoretically see what you are doing on it. 

In addition, if the government, a copyright holder, or another interested party were to ask who used a specific IP, it is always possible to trace it back to the user who purchased the subscription and paid for it  - even if there is zero-logging. This massively increases the opportunity to perform a successful time-correlation attack.

Admittedly, this is a highly targeted attack that would only occur if you were under suspicion for a pretty major crime. Thus, regular folks who use a dedicated IP for anything that is not likely to cause law enforcement to come knocking shouldn’t ever be a cause for concern. 

I am using a static IP VPN but I’m still blocked

Using a non-shared IP that is static will appear more like a residential IP address. As a result, it can allow you to access services that block VPNs. However, if the VPN IP comes from a block of IPs very similar to IP addresses that are known to belong to a VPN - it is possible that the service in question may have already (or may at some point in the future) blacklist that static VPN IP address. 

For a static IP address to give you access to a service without it being flagged up as a VPN IP, it is important that it is not being used by other users who access that service - high numbers of people on the same IP address is always a massive give away. 

Static IP VPN considerations

If you decide to purchase a dedicated static IP address from a VPN, it is worth noting that this will invalidate the money-back guarantee the VPN offers. 

All the VPNs in this guide provide a money-back guarantee for their regular VPN service, which allows you to connect to a choice of server locations around the globe. However, if you choose to pay for your own IP address, this commitment will need to be made for the duration of the agreed contractual period.

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 4+ years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, Barrons, the Scottish Herald, ThreatPost, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated number 1 VPN authority by Agilience.com.

12 Comments

  1. Nicolai

    on August 16, 2018
    Reply

    Liquid vpn does not provide static ip anymore according to email from them

  2. Kevin

    on April 27, 2018
    Reply

    Few days? It has been a month.. Still no new article published. VPNArea is the only one that offers a static IP as shown/described in the 'guides' under the providers.

  3. MarcW

    on March 29, 2018
    Reply

    CyberGhost doesn't offer static IP's (07:28:28 PM) Bogdan : Unfortuantely we do not offer dedicated IPs

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to MarcW

      on March 30, 2018
      Reply

      Hi MarcW, Indeed. Stephen has left us, and this article has already been rewritten by new writer Laz, who has properly researched VPNs that offer static IPs (note that static IPs are not necessarily dedicated IPs). The new article should be published in the next few days.

  4. apchar

    on March 18, 2018
    Reply

    I just checked all of these except boleh. As of mar 18 2018 neither cyberghost nor privatevpn offer dedicated ip addresses. liquidvpn has them only in the netherlands, germany, and uk.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to apchar

      on March 19, 2018
      Reply

      Hi apchar, Stephen has left us because we are not happy with his work. A new version of this article has already been written will be published any time now. I will ask the writer to double-check all recommendations.

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