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How does Dynamic DNS work?

A question we’re often asked by our users is how does DDNS work?

Most users have dynamic IP addresses, making it difficult for them to access their network, website, or every-day devices (such as a home file server,  home automation system, or security camera).  To solve this issue, a DDNS service (Dynamic Domain Name Service) can supply a continually updated address, allowing the user to type in a constant, static, easy-to-remember name that ensures they will be connected.

What is a Domain Name Service?  DNS is like a whitepages directory for the Internet. You supply a name, it supplies a number. The name in this case is specifically a hostname and the number is an IP address.

So how does it work?   Here’s an example:

John has a computer with a dynamic IP address running a webserver, and his friend Jane wants to see his web page.

1) John tells Jane that the hostname of his computer is john.no-ip.com.   Jane types into her browser, http://john.no-ip.com/.

2) Her computer then contacts her ISPs DNS server to get the number for john.no-ip.com.

3) Her ISP’s DNS server asks No-IP for the address of john.no-ip.com.

4) She receives the number and connects to John’s web page.

5) To be sure Jane got the right number, John has an update client provided by No-IP running on his computer. This update client informs No-IP.com when his IP address changes so that Jane will get the right number. It assures that John’s often changing Internet address, his IP address, can always be found by Jane when she uses john.no-ip.com as the hostname.

Questions?  Shoot away in the comments below, or contact us for more information on what DDNS can do for you.

17 Comments.
  1. Must enjoy the effort you put into this blog :)

  2. Ajmal Khan

    dear sir
    I have open account with no-ip.com and want to use this account of no-ip.com as a remote desktop connection.id tried several times but no responce.
    Normally I can connect with remote desktop connection but with no-ip.com I can’t.
    Kindly send me the procedure so that I can use and help my brother.
    I will be very grateful for you in this respect.
    Thanks
    Ajmal Khan

  3. Paul

    Hallo,
    I just created a host, but the host doesn’t update my IP-Adress. When I logon to your page I can see my correct hostname and the correct IP-adress in the right upper corner, but when I go on mange my host I still see the old IP-adress at the time when I created my host, no change at all, the old IP remains.
    What to do??
    Regards Paul

  4. Chris

    does my computer have to be on 24 hours a day to keep my IP updated?

    • If you would like round the clock updates of your dynamic IP address, then yes, your computer will have to run 24 hours a day…

  5. john

    Hello Mme,
    I’m a new user of no-ip service and I would like know what can I do if once I finished my router’s configuration to view my lacie network space on the internet from another pc witch is located in another place than my office.
    Thank you so much for your attention!

    Best regards

    John

  6. Good post.Ne’er knew this, thanks for letting me know.

  7. Simon

    does your DUC program do the same thing that the router does if you fill out the DDNS setting on the router with DDNS providers details
    the router logs in with user name and password and updates ip address to DDNS provider
    meaning no need to leave computer on
    however no.ip is not one of the listed providers!
    is there a way round this

  8. niko

    what do i do if my pc block acces to my ports?
    I use school pc and it wont let me port forward ( shutdown firewall doesn’t work )

  9. luis marques

    activei uma conta no-ip.com mas a outra pessoa nao consegue visualisar , o computador tem de tar 24h ligado?

  10. i had install cctv in my office. How can I view my cctv at my house?

  11. Paulo Faria

    Boa tarde, tenho um video de vigilância e gostaria de saber como fazer para aceder ao mesmo remotamente.

  12. Hello,

    I’m using Web Redirect as Host Type for this site but nobody can access it outside my local network. I’m using No-IP Duc, port 80 is open (says my ISP) but all you get is the Page Title at the top and the white bar at the bottom with «Free Dynamic DNS and Port 80 Redirection Provided by No-IP.com» but nothing in between and a message finally tells you the page can’t be found.

    Can you help?

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