There are two types of IP addresses that you can utilize when using VPN. One is a dedicated IP address, and one is a shared IP address. Both types of IP addresses have their advantages.

The standard way to connect to a VPN is through a shared IP address. When you connect to a VPN server through a VPN software application, your IP address is encrypted and changed to another IP address that other users may share. That means that hundreds or even thousands of users can be sharing the same IP address if they connect to the same server location.

To put it quite simply, a dedicated IP address is different in that it is not shared with other users.

Shared VPN IP

Having an IP address that is shared is perfect for anonymity. In one example, one user accessing a server torrenting cannot be distinguished from another user torrenting something else. For this reason, it’s very hard for users using a VPN to be tracked down by snoopers. In short, each user provides anonymity for other users by accessing the same static shared IPs.

Conversely, the only downside is that a lot of websites can recognize that you are running a proxy service or VPN from your shared IP address (whether it is flagged or through some proxy detection). This can result in blockage of service (Netflix for example), or certain websites and services requiring you to re-authenticate yourself since you appear from a different IP.

Dedicated VPN IP address

Even if you’re using a shared IP, you shouldn’t run into too many problems. However, sometimes there are slight hiccups.

If you’re a gamer, you might experience requiring you to re-login for example. Or you might have your banking site request additional security questions. In these specific instances, having a dedicated IP address can be a huge boon and super convenient.

Also, you can also access streaming services more reliably since it’s harder to identify the use of a proxy or VPN when you’re the only one using a unique IP.