Oct 17, 2017 Poka Team

Control Accessibility to Your Company's Sensitive Data with Poka

Allow or deny access to Poka based on IP address lists or geographic location

What’s an IP Address?

To put it simply, an Internet Protocol (IP) Address allows your computer or mobile device to communicate with the rest of the Internet, like sending an email or consulting a website.

Just like in real life, if you want to send a package to someone, you need a residential address. Instead of a street name, ZIP code and etc., an IP Address is a set of numbers and/or characters that may look like this:

An IP Address is provided to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and the same IP Address is mostly used by all computers and mobile devices on your network. That means that if you are using a computer and a mobile device at home or at your office, they will usually have the same external IP Address. But if you go to a local cafe and use their Wifi with your phone, your IP address will have changed, even though it’s the same device.

There are two types of IP addresses : Dynamic and Static.

Dynamic IP Addresses are temporary, and are assigned by an ISP. This means that your IP Address is not constant and can change at anytime on your network.

Static IP Addresses on the other hand are constant and never change. They are usually provided by your ISP as an option.

How to Create and Manage Access Rules to Poka Based on Your Plant’s IP Addresses

To do so, you have to be an administrator in Poka and connected via the Web app. Once there follow these 3 simple steps :

  1. Click on the gear icon located on the right menu to be directed to the administration section.
  2. Select Configuration
  3. Within that submenu click on Geo/IP access rules
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On this page, you will be able to create and manage your access rules. For example, create access lists to Poka for users who travel, and restrain access to other users within your company’s plants.

What If Your IP Address Changes Within a Certain Range Over Time?

You just need to follow this logic:

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For example, if your IP address moves between and, you will have to add a /16 at the end of your address, because only the last 2 numbers change.

To know more, consult the article referring to this subject in the Help Center.

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