Whether you are a first-time buyer of IPv4 or have had experience purchasing IP addresses before, the process can be quite complex. And with purchases of IPv4 addresses commanding a steep price, you want to make sure you have all your questions answered and that there are no doubts in your mind.

To make it easier, we’ve gone ahead and put together the steps it takes to purchase IP addresses safely and securely. While every transaction has its own unique aspects, these are the steps we believe to be most important.

Steps to Purchasing IPv4 and IP Addresses

  • Understand What you are Looking For

Having an understanding of what you plan on purchasing and what your fallback options are, if any, gives you a head start and ensures that you are getting what you need. Your technical staff will help guide your decision on how large an IPv4 purchase you need to make and the time frame you need to do it in.  Make sure to have internal discussions related to your budget and ability to justify to your Regional Internet Registry (RIR) your need for the desired IPv4 block size. If you need assistance in determining your true IP address needs, reach out to an industry expert.

  • Contact an IP Broker

Contacting an IP broker will be your next step, as they have the professional expertise and experience needed to safely purchase IPv4. We highly recommend working with an IP broker, as it takes much of the guesswork out of it for you. IP brokers, like IPTrading, have years of experience in all sorts of IP address transactions, and they will make sure you aren’t missing anything.  A reputable IP broker can give you accurate expectations on price and time frame and will guide you through the entire process.

IP brokers can also help narrow down your search once we understand what you are looking for and can create a plan specifically based off your budget. You can count on IPTrading to help get all approvals, including from your Regional Internet Registry (RIR), and to write the purchase contracts needed for the transaction.

  • Receive the IPv4 Transfer and Release the Funds to the Seller

Once all the contracts are in place and signed, the next step is to execute the transaction. If you are working with IPTrading, we will be there with you in the process from start to finish.  Your funds will be safeguarded with an escrow agent experienced in IPv4 transfers, and that money won’t be released until the IP addresses are securely in your RIR account.

You can also rely on us for any questions you have once the transaction completes. We want to make sure you are comfortable with how the deal went and you have a full understanding of everything that took place. If there are any follow up items from the transaction, we will work through those items with you.

Again, this was a simplified version of how purchasing IPv4 goes, but it hits on all the major points. If you would like a more in-depth overview of how things work, feel free to contact us and one of our experts will reach out. IP address transactions aren’t simple, so it’s always best to have a trusted and reliable partner on your side who looks out for your long-term success.