A business broadband deal differs from a home deal in a number of key ways.
An IP address is a series of numbers that identifies each computer or device that is connected to the internet. IP addresses may be permanently assigned (static) or allocated whenever a device connects to the internet (dynamic). If you have a dynamically assigned IP address, such as comes with typical consumer broadband packages, your address will likely change every time you reboot your router. Static IP addresses, however, always remain the same, making them more suited to certain tasks.
That said, most small/home businesses do not need a static IP or IPs. Here are the main reasons you might need one – if none of these sound useful to you, you almost certainly don’t.
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Truth is if all you do is work from home and don't actually run the sort of business that has specific business-related online requirements, a regular consumer broadband package is almost certainly going to serve you just as well as a business one. You can compare broadband deals available in your postcode using our comprehensive tools.
Sometimes, though most often not. If business broadband does wind up more expensive, it'll have less to do with the cost of the broadband and line rental, and more to do with the things you add on such as static IP addresses.
Regular business broadband like you see on this page? No. It's identical in most cases. However, if you sift you may find slightly faster upload speeds offered by some business broadband packages.
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