Changing IP address

September 16, 2013 12.4k views
I'm a newbie to digitalocean. I paid 5 dollars using paypal. Can I change my droplet IP address? How many droplets can have at a time? If I shut down my server and used it rarely, the money in my account will remain or debited based on monthly? Because I use this service only 3 or 4 hours a day.
7 Answers
@srdjan: 5 512MB droplets running for 6 hours each will cost you $0.21 (5*0.007*6). That means if you were to run 119 512MB droplets for 6 hours, it would cost you $5.
> Can I change my droplet IP address?

Please open up a support ticket explaining the reason you want to change your droplet's IP address.

> How many droplets can have at a time?

By default all accounts are limited to 5 droplets, however to get that limit raised you have to open up a support ticket.

> If I shut down my server and used it rarely, the money in my account will remain or debited based on monthly? Because I use this service only 3 or 4 hours a day.

You are charged even if you droplet is powered off. Your diskspace, CPU, RAM, and IP address are all reserved while your Droplet is powered off. If you want to save a Droplet for future use take a snapshot of it and then destroy it. You'll be able to create a new Droplet from the snapshot image anytime to bring it back online.
  • The snapshot holds the IP address which is different from the newly created droplet. How to handle this?

@Kamal Nasser Thank you man. If I destroy the droplet and create new droplet whenever I want, will the money remain? I want to know whether I'm charged based on monthly or based on usage?
I pay 5 dollars a month, does this mean I can run 5 droplets each with their own separate IP all at the same time for the same 5 dollar rate?
@swagtunnel: No, each 512MB droplet costs $5/mo ($0.007/hr rather) so if you were to run 5 512MB droplets it would cost you $25/mo.
@Kamal,
I think the correct answer would be (if not mistaken in number crunching) $5 will run 5x 512MB droplets for about 6 hours?
Which for me raise another question, does everything stops after 6 hours as I run out of 'credits'.
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