NickT wrote:Do you actually get a host name like xyz123.virginmedia.com when you sign up? I can't work out whether it's just the IP address that can vary with dynamic addresses or if the concept of an actual hostname doesn't exist?
You won't get a host with Virgin Media like you did with Demon (where you'd have ended up with my_chosen_login.demon.co.uk), but if you go down the route of the DDNS piece you will (something like my_chosen_login.ddns.org instead) and you can use DDNS with a Virgin Media cable connection.
Note, cable and fibre are different things, Virgin Media cable although not offering a true static IP does give you an IP that will rarely change (only usually changes when they resegment that area of the network or you get a replacment Super Hub). Virgin Media don't do fibre (yet, but may do soon). Fibre and ADSL work in a similar way for IP addressing (i.e. every time you dicsonnect / connect you'll get a new address). You can tell if you'll get cable or ADSL on the Virgin Media site (yes, I work for Virgin Media)