IP tunnels and netbios (was: Re: [H-GEN] TPG ADSL)

Robert Brockway robert at timetraveller.org
Tue May 14 03:43:15 EDT 2002

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On Tue, 14 May 2002, Tony Nugent wrote:

> Oh you can get a permanent ip with telstra adsl, but last time I
> enquired the cost was over $500/month.  (The assumption is that if
> you want a permanent IP, then you are wanting to do hosting for
> internet services).

An (apparently) often overlooked alternative is multi-homing.  Why not
have a fast cable/adsl connection with a dynamic IP for all your
browsing/downloading needs & a slower static link at a low price to handle
your server side stuff. 

If you mail has to go over a 56k link who cares.  If your web page is
served at 56k, well that might be a problem, but in that case you would
look at hosting somewhere with a real pipe (ohot if you're not getting too
many hits a 56k might be ok).

The use of dynamic IPs started with a belief that IP address space was
going to run short.  It has now become an integral part of the charging
model of all ISPs (a standard non-business account is always dynamic IP
even if static is made available as an option).  One wonders what will
happen when IPv6 really kicks off and the distinction between a
dynamically allocated address & a statically allocated address blurs
(lookup IPv6 renumbering if interested).  This will make control of who
runs a server more difficult I would think (short of extensive port


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