Fixed Public IP Address

In order to use Abbreviationes™, you will need to be authenticated by a specific IP address on the Internet. This address comes from your ISP and can be either statically or dynamically assigned. Your IP address is fixed if your device has its own static IP address, or if your device is assigned the same dynamic IP address each time you connect to the Internet. This can be accomplished by configuring the DHCP server to reserve a specific IP address for a client MAC address. Reserved addresses are assigned to devices that require permanent IP settings. If your device does not have a fixed IP address, ask your IT department for assistance.

If your device is part of a Local Area Network (LAN), it possesses two IP addresses: a private or internal IP address for the LAN connection, and a public or external IP address for the WAN (Wide Area Network) or Internet connection. We need your public IP address on the Internet, not your private IP address on the LAN. You can tell whether an IP address is public or private by looking at its first few numbers. If your IP address starts with 192.168. or 10., or begins with 172. followed by the numbers 16 to 31, it’s a private address. (Examples: 192.168.0.1, 10.0.0.1, 172.16.5.1.) To determine your public IPv4 address, visit: ip4.me.

To use Abbreviationes™ when you travel, run your own VPN server on your router or on a computer inside your home network. If you run a VPN server on your router, it will allow you to connect to your home network when you are away from home. You can also run a VPN server on any individual computer behind your router. However, most modern routers come with OpenVPN server built in. When you connect to your VPN server at home from anywhere in the world (using a VPN client on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop), you will be able to access Abbreviationes™ with your home IP address registered for access at anytime.