From Verizon: “On June 30, 2017, Verizon will stop issuing new Public Static IPv4 addresses due to a shortage of available addresses. Customers that currently have active Public Static IPv4 addresses will retain those addresses, and Verizon will continue to fully support existing Public Static IPv4 addresses.”
– Verizon is going to stop issuing NEW Public Static IPv4 addresses on June 30, 2017.
– Only NEW addresses and installations are affected.
– Verizon will continue to issue public dynamic IPv4 addresses to devices on their network (aka DHCP addresses).
– Digi is committed to helping customers navigate this transition.
Q: “Am I impacted?”
A: If you are planning to install devices with a Public Static IP address on the Verizon network after June 30 2017, yes, you will need to make a change.
Q: “How do I know if I am using a Public Static IP address?”
A: Verizon can tell you this; alternatively, Digi is working with Verizon to determine whether a specific IP range has been assigned to Digi routers with Public Static addressing.
Q: “Does this mean I need to evaluate and qualify a replacement device with IPv6?”
A: No. Other options for your IPv4 device are described below.
Q: “What should I do?”
A: Public Static IP addressing exposes your network to frequent and increasingly aggressive malicious probing. It poses a significant security risk and should be avoided. Carriers have seen an increase in malicious probing from 2-3/week to 2-3/hour. This unsolicited network traffic poses a security risk and an additional data cost burden.
– Using a Private APN with Static IP; this involves additional time and cost but offers the best combination of simplicity and security.
– Use Public Dynamic addressing and DynDNS
Customers are also encouraged to talk to a Digi Sales Engineer about options most appropriate for your application.
Q: “What is Digi doing to help?”
A: Digi is working with Verizon to determine whether a specific IP range has been assigned to Digi routers with Public Static addressing. We have also created documentation and a video to help explain how to use a Private APN in conjunction with Digi Remote Manager, available here:
– App Note: ftp://ftp1.digi.com/support/documentation/QN_45_Configuring%20to%20DRM%20through%20Web%20Proxy.pdf
– Video: https://www.digi.com/blog/cellular/how-to-meet-critical-infrastructure-requirements-with-cellular-lte-devices/