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6 Easy Steps to Remote Access a Device

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Let’s be honest, remote accessing a device can be hard. Dynamic DNS solves the issues surrounding remote access, but it is a often viewed as a complicated process that someone who isn’t very tech savvy can get confused by. Remote access is very common these days. People use it to connect to their home network while away, view an IP camera while they are on vacation to make sure their house is safe, or even monitor an elderly relative who would like to still enjoy the freedom of living alone.

The most common devices that people remote access are computers, webcams, DVRs, music libraries, thermostats, or any device that has remote access capabilities.

Follow these 6 easy steps to access your device from outside of your home network.

1. First, create your No-IP Dynamic DNS hostname. You can even register/transfer a domain and use our Plus Managed DNS to create a hostname on your very own personalized domain. (i.e. home.yourname.com and officecamyourbusiness.com)

You can do this by creating a new No-IP account. If you already have a No-IP account, login, and go to the Hosts/Redirects tab. Click Add a Host. Type in your desired hostname and choose a domain. Leave all of the settings as is and click Add Host to save. (If you ISP blocks port 80, you will need to turn on Port 80 Redirect, but we will explain more about this in Step 5.)

2. If you have a dynamic IP address, you will need to run our Dynamic Update Client (DUC) on your computer to keep your hostname updated with your current IP address.

You can also check to see if your Router or Device includes No-IP as an integrated DDNS provider. If yes, you won’t need our DUC and you can simply enter your No-IP hostname into your device and it will update your hostname with the correct IP address when it changes.

3. Configure the device you want to forward traffic to with either a static IP address, or a static DHCP lease. You can do this by going into the admin settings of your router and going to DHCP reservation. You will want to do this so that your device can always be found by the same IP address on the network.

4. Test the device from your LAN. YOu will have to use the internal IP address 192.168.1.xxx:8080 to test this in your browser.

5. Next, in order to access the device from outside your network, you will need to configure your router to let the traffic through to your device. This is called Port Forwarding. If you are unsure how to forward the ports on your router, you can check out PortForward.com. Please note that Portforward.com is a tricky site to navigate. You DO NOT need to pay for the guides.

Also, if you are unsure about which ports to open, check out this list of the most common ports and their uses.

If you are using a browser and a port other than port 80, you will need to append the port to your hostname, so yourname.noip.org:8080. This often solves many problems and is a step that most people don’t realize they have to do. You can also use our port 80 redirect host type, which will send your hostname to the port you provide us, however this is designed for web browsers only and won’t work correctly for applications or games.

**If your ISP blocks port 80, you will need to use a different port. You will then need to use the Port 80 Redirect feature (turn this on via modify hosts) this will let the traffic go through on port 8080. You will not need to append the port to the end of your hostname.**

6. Lastly, test your port connection from outside your network. You can do this by visiting portchecktool.com. Type the port in that you just forwarded. It will tell you if the port is open and accessible from outside your internal network.

Remember, opening and forwarding ports on a router effectively exposes your internal network to the Internet. You should only open the ports that are needed to get your devices to work and always make sure your computers have all the latest patches and security updates applied in order to minimize the possibility of someone compromising your network.

If you find that your device is accessible from within your network, but not from outside, it is probably a port forwarding issue. Our suggestion to you would be to redo that section. If it is still not working, open a support ticket and we will try to troubleshoot the issue.

Have you setup your own remote access to your network? What kind of device did you configure and why? How much money has our dynamic DNS saved you over the years, compared to using a cloud solution?

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below. Having trouble getting your device and network configured?  Give us a call or open a support ticket.
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3 Comments.
  1. M Hopkins

    Hi,
    I was looking forward to reading this article as the most complicated part of this process is the port forwarding which confuses or puts most people off. So I was disappointed that you just linked to portforward.com for this section. The site is well known but I find it confusing and unhelpful so my feedback for this post is that I’m non the wiser after reading it.

    I have a few hostnames set up for DVR remote access but my concern is that even though I followed instructions on opening ports (and they work) I’m always concerned about the security implications of my actions and always worried that I have just unlocked some gates for hackers to freely walk in.

    I would be grateful for a post on understanding the security implications of port forwarding and how to keep hacking attempts or risk to a minimum.

    Thanks.

    M Hopkins

  2. Ayo

    Hello,
    Am used to using cloud solutions, which is relatively costly most times and this one seems to be good.
    But how can I access my far away remote device connected to the internet through a GPRS module with ip being dynamic in nature with no option for port forwading.
    Thank You.

    • Hailee Vance

      Unfortunately if you don’t have the ability to port forward you can’t use a dynamic DNS service. There needs to be an available port to transmit the connection through. You may be able to work with your Internet Service Provider to find a solution for port forwarding.

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