Dedicated vs Shared IP VPN Services

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In this blog post we will examine another feature that differentiates VPN Servicesthe type of IP that you are assigned (dedicated or shared) and the advantages / disadvantages of each option.

 

What does a 'Dedicated IP VPN Service' mean? This type of service will map to your VPN account a dedicated IP address, that is, an IP address that is reserved just for you and your activities.

 

Now, what is a 'Shared IP VPN Service'? Here you are sharing the same IP (or a small set of IPs) with all the other VPN users of the VPN server your are connected to. So all the activities of all users seems to come from the same IP.
 

The biggest advantage of having a Dedicated IP (as the name implies) is that the IP will be used just by you. And now you would say, what are the advantages of this ? :

  • There is no risk of your IP being banned/blocked/blacklisted by any Internet service as some times can happen with Shared IP services.

  • All the ports are open to the Dedicated IP that you have been assigned. There is no need for Remote Port Forwarding as in Shared IP environments. Because you have one IP for yourself, all the connections to all the ports will be open for that Dedicated IP, so you can run any service that you want in that IP (a web server, remote access to your computer etc …).

  • Further, it is interesting if you want to offer a service as if it was provided from a given country but you have your server somewhere else e.g. you have a server in the USA and want to offer some Internet service as if your server was in Spain. You just get a VPN Dedicated IP Spanish service, set it up in your server and that's all.

 

So, why I would like to use a Shared service then? Well, there are also answers to this question :

  • Generally with a Dedicated IP service you just get access to a given VPN server in a given country i.e. if you buy an American Dedicated VPN Service, then you can just connect to a given American VPN server that will provide you with your assigned Dedicated IP. On the other hand, with a Shared IP VPN service (in general) you have access to a wider set of VPN servers worldwide that you can use. So if there is an issue with a particular server you can just move to the next.

  • Further, and very importantly, you get much much more anonymity using a Shared IP VPN Service. As your activities are mixed with the activities of hundreds or thousands of other users, then of course you become much more anonymous. So if you are concerned about privacy and anonymity online, a Shared IP VPN Service is a better option.

 

So in short, you need to be clear about which are your needs and priorities for a VPN service and then you will be able to easily decide on either of these two options.

 

We hope this has been helpful.


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7 Responses to “Dedicated vs Shared IP VPN Services”

  1. turtle Says:

    Hello,

    I’d like to know why you say shared IP is more anonymous since you are supposed to not keep any logs of connection and activities ? What’s the problem of the dedicated IP if nobody is able to link this IP to a customer (by his IP or account login).

    Regards.

  2. turtle Says:

    Hello,

    What the problem of a dedicated IP regarding privacy if you don’t keep any logs ? So if nobody is able to link this IP to a customer (by his login or personal IP) ?

    Did you forget something in your “logging policy” text ūüėČ

  3. Jalal Says:

    Hello
    I have a VPS with 2 IPs, I want to use One for Shared and other one for Dedicated VPN). How can I set up Dedicated VPN and Shared VPN on one VPS simultaneously? We have set up Nttac+ and working by this. Please just explain to me RRAS section.
    I was wandering if you help me

    Thanks in advance
    Jalal

  4. A. Tuffill Says:

    This was a helpful explaination of the pros and cons of shared and dedicated IPs

  5. tuvpn Says:

    Hi turtle,

    Basically anonymity here lays in numbers. If you are sharing an IP with 1000 people and ALL your data is mixed with these 1000 people data then for sure you are more anonymous than if you are uniquely associated with an IP.

    True that for dedicated IP service, TUVPN is the only link between the dedicated IP and our customer and true that as we don’t log then we don’t know (or care) about your activities (as long as they comply with our TOS, of course). The thing is that anyhow this link exist (and it has to exist so we can manage our pools of IPs, process renewals …).

    With shared IP this is not the case. We can link and IP with a 1000 people. That’s all.

    As explained each type has its advantages/disadvantages and uses. We just hope that this article makes it easier to choose.

    TUVPN.COM Team

  6. Guy Says:

    I like the idea of shared IP, but does the five incoming ports prove a slowdown for P2P?

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