WiscVPN - Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses
Overview of difference between static and dynamic WiscVPN IP addresses.
Dynamic IP service (basic WiscVPN service) provides a connection to the campus network using an IP address selected randomly from an available pool of campus IP addresses. Each time you make a connection using the WiscVPN client, you may be assigned a different campus IP address.
Static IP service will reserve a specific IP address which will always be used for your WiscVPN connection. Each time you make a connection using the WiscVPN client, you will have the same campus IP address. This can be useful when tighter security practices need to be maintained. For example, firewalls can be configured to allow only certain IP addresses through or remote access can be used from a home computer to securely access a work computer.
Note: Static IP service is available for departmental use only.
Departments can arrange for a Static IP WiscVPN connection through the DoIT TechStore at https://techstore.doit.wisc.edu/vpn/login.asp. The static IP is activated by an automated process within 4 hours of being assigned.
The same client is used for dynamic or static connections. The dynamic profile is bundled with the client, the static profile needs to be added by the static user. VPN software is available for download at https://wiscvpn.doit.wisc.edu. Customers will need to install the software, open the vpn connection and sign on. Customers using the dynamic profile log in using their NetID and password, while those using the static profile will get a separate username (usually a modified version of their NetID, such as bbadger_1).