How to Get a Dedicated IP for a VPN

Dedicated IPs are a vital part of any modern business. Whether you’re running a website or selling online, you’ll most likely need to have your own IP address in order to provide optimum services to your customers. It’s great to have a private IP address that you can use only for certain purposes, but keeping track of multiple IPs can be quite challenging. That’s why most businesses opt for hosting a VPN and using their server’s IP instead. In this article, we’ll discuss how to get a dedicated IP for a VPN so you can use it as your own.

Choose A Dedicated IP Range

In general, dedicated IPs are allocated from a Private IPv4 Cloud which is owned and operated by one of the major ISPs in the world. This way, you can be sure that you’ll always have a dedicated IP address whenever you connect to the Internet via a VPN. There are several providers that let you sign up for a free trial – we recommend NordVPN as they have great pricing plans and offer 1-year of free services when you sign up for their standard plan. Keep in mind that you’ll need to choose a dedicated IP within a certain range. You can find the dedicated IP ranges for all the major ISPs here. If you want a dedicated IP from a lesser known ISP, you’ll most likely have to pay more due to volume discounts.

Set Up Your VPN Account

Before you can start using your dedicated IP, you’ll need to create a VPN account on your router (or PC/mac). It’s essential to create a strong password as well as enable two-factor authentication – this way, even if someone manages to get access to your VPN account, they’ll still need your phone to be able to pull off any cyber attacks. Once you’ve set everything up, you can start using your dedicated IP. If you’re on a Mac, you can use the built-in VPN app to connect to a server of your choice and start using your new IP.

Point Your Default Gateway To The VPN

One of the first things you’ll need to do in order to start using your new dedicated IP is to point your default gateway to the VPN. This way, all your traffic will be routed through the VPN when you connect to the Internet via Ethernet (wired) or WiFi. You can either set this up manually or use the dedicated IP range selector to point your default gateway to the VPN.

In the case of WiFi, you’ll need to enable split tunneling so your PC can connect to a VPN server while also connecting to the Internet via WiFi. For more information, refer to this useful guide by CloudFlare on how to set up a VPN with WiFi and how to use it to access censored content.

Configure Your Router To Route Specific Clients

As mentioned, all your traffic will be routed through the VPN when you use it. This includes both HTTP and HTTPS traffic as well as any VPN-specific protocols – for example, PPTP or L2TP/IPSEC traffic. In other words, anything that needs to go over the VPN will need to use the VPN’s IP. This can be a real pain if you want to use the Internet for something other than browsing the web. To avoid this, you can configure your router to only route certain clients through the VPN and not the entire Internet. This can be a good idea if your main objective is to connect to another network (such as a corporate network) and you don’t need to connect to the open Internet.

To set this up, you’ll need to identify the specific IPs of the devices (laptops, desktops, or mobile phones) that you want to allow through the VPN. Whenever a device connects to the Internet via WiFi or Ethernet, you’ll need to check whether or not it’s connected to the VPN and then forward any requests that belong to the VPN through the Internet. For more information, refer to this useful guide by NordVPN. When using Ethernet, simply create a static IP address within the range specified by your ISP and then connect to that IP address from your router. When using WiFi, you’ll need to set up a VPN and then connect to it from your router – this will then allow you to assign a specific IP to each of your devices. Finally, if you want all your devices to automatically connect to the VPN whenever they’re online, you can use a VPN app such as NordVPN that supports automated configuration. Doing this manually is also very easy, however.

Configure Your DNS To Point To The VPN

Once you’ve set up your VPN account and pointed your default gateway to the VPN, it’s time to configure your DNS. DNS servers are used to convert human-friendly domain names (such as google.com) into IP addresses that computers can use to connect to the Internet. The advantage of having your own DNS is that you can easily point it to the VPN and then configure your web browsers and other applications to use this IP address instead of having to remember long strings of numbers.

To point your DNS to the VPN, use the DNS management tool from your router or PC. You can either enter the domain name vpn.example.com (where example.com is your VPN) or use the IP address 127.0.0.1 (which is the default DNS resolution for most operating systems).

Access Websites That Are Blocked In Your Country

Now that you have a dedicated IP from your ISP and have configured your router and other devices to route all your Internet traffic through the VPN, it’s time to try out websites that are currently blocked in your country. To do this, you’ll first need to connect to the Internet through WiFi (if it’s available) or Ethernet (if it’s not) – this will then be used as your default gateway.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can use a VPN app to connect to a server of your choice and start using your new IP address to access the blocked websites. Doing this from your laptop or PC is also easy – simply install the VPN app and configure it to connect to a server in another country. This way, you’ll be able to access websites that are otherwise blocked in your country (provided that your ISP doesn’t block those sites themselves).

Remove The Default Gateway From Your Router

Once you’re able to access the websites that you want to, it’s time to remove your default gateway from your router. The reason for this is that you don’t need a gateway to access the Internet – all you need is one of the devices that you configured earlier. In most cases, this will be your PC, but it can also be your phone or tablet (if you configured WiFi automatically from your device).

To remove your default gateway from your router, simply go into your router’s settings and then find the interface that is connected to the Internet (if it’s not your PC, then it’s probably your phone or tablet). Once you’ve found this connection, you can unplug it from your router. This will then disconnect you from the Internet – but don’t worry, you can still use WiFi to connect to other networks (such as a corporate network).

Avoid Free Web Hosts

As a general rule, we recommend avoiding free web hosts. These are the hosts that everyone and his dog goes to when they run out of their own domain names. They generally have limited resources (such as disk space and bandwidth) and their servers often get overloaded. This causes all kinds of problems – from slow speeds to connection drops and even downtime. If you want to have a dedicated IP, then it’s best to go with a professional web host that has great resources and offers a money-back guarantee if you meet the right conditions. Fortunately, there are many good hosting providers out there – including our very own Bluehost, which is exactly what we use for this very website.

As mentioned, one of the advantages of using a VPN is that all your Internet traffic is encrypted. This prevents your personal, financial, and other information from being intercepted by cyber attackers. The only downside is that some websites (such as Facebook and Twitter) still have a habit of blocking VPNs in their country. Luckily, you have several options when it comes to solving this problem. First, you can choose a VPN that is known to work with these websites (such as NordVPN) or you can check with the website itself to see if it has a specific policy regarding VPNs (for example, does it allow them to be used in China?). If you think that your VPN might be blocked in one or more countries, then you can use an app such as IP Vanish to easily create a disposable IP address (which is then assigned to you by the CloudFlare and hides all your online activity while you’re using the service). Finally, you can use a proxy to access the blocked websites (more about them below).

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