Master Dynamic DNS in 5 Simple Steps

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Chances are you found No-IP when looking for a way to access your device remotely. Or maybe you had a friend refer you to us because you were using an expensive static IP address when all you needed was Dynamic DNS. Whatever the case may be, Dynamic DNS can seem like a complicated thing to master. But the truth is, Dynamic DNS is very simple and you can be a Dynamic DNS expert with these 5 simple steps.

1. Create A Hostname

The first step to being a master of Dynamic DNS is to sign up for a No-IP account and create an easy to remember hostname. This will be the way you connect to your device from now on, so make it short and easily identifiable. Often times, you will have more than one device you want to connect to and you can use the same name for more than one device on the same network. However, if you want to be able to distinguish which device is which, we suggest using names like, camera1.ddns.net or outsidecamera.ddns.net. Use anything that will help you remember which camera or device you are connecting to.

2. Keep A Dynamic Update Client Running

Running a Dynamic Update Client is a necessity when using Dynamic DNS. The Dynamic Update Client works by checking your IP address every 5 minutes and then, once it has changed, pushing an update to the Dynamic DNS provider to update your hostname. When your IP address changes, we connect the new address to the hostname you have attached to that device. Your device stays online and you don’t have to remember a new IP address ever again.

3. Use Your Hostname Like An IP Address

Your hostname is your new IP address. Before Dynamic DNS you could only connect to your device remotely if you knew what its current IP address was. Now, instead of entering 127.0.0.1, you just enter camera.ddns.net into whatever application you use to remotely access that device. This also means you can give family and friends access to things like your Minecraft server using an easy to remember hostname.

4. Don’t Let Your Hostname Expire

Your hostname is the key to your connection working correctly, so it is important to make sure it never expires. To do that, you will have to confirm your hostname via a link sent to your email every month. If you don’t, your hostname will expire and will be available for use by someone else. Once it expires, you will no longer be able to connect to your device using that hostname and will have to go through the process of adding a new hostname and reconfiguring your device. If you are unable or don’t want to manually update your hostname every month you can upgrade to No-IP’s Enhanced Dynamic DNS, to eliminate the need to update your hostname every 30 days. You also get additional features like the ability to create advanced records like TXT and SRV and you can create as many as 25 hostnames (and even more if you need them).

5. Use a No-IP Integrated Device

No-IP is integrated into most devices, but you may want to make sure we are enabled in a certain device before purchasing. It is a safe bet to say we are in most Netgear and Foscam devices. You will want to check, however, because if No-IP is not integrated you will need to run our Dynamic Update Client on a computer that is always on. There are workarounds like the Dynamic Update Client, but for people who are just beginning to use Dynamic DNS, we suggest using an integrated device.

Dynamic DNS is an easy to use tool that will give you the freedom to remotely access your device from anywhere. By following these 5 simple steps you can master Dynamic DNS and know you’re always connected to what is important to you.

The 2018 Year End Wrap Up

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2018 did not disappoint for the No-IP team. We had lots of fun and celebrated a bunch of successes this year. Learn about everything that No-IP did. 

Plus Managed DNS Updates

This year, we launched new pricing and plans for our Plus Managed DNS product. The new plans are a bit different than the past pricing model of our Plus Managed DNS service. Instead of purchasing DNS for individual zones (domains), we migrated all customers to a DNS plan that allows them to add and remove DNS zones to your account without going through the billing system each time you want to add a new zone. We also changed the way we discount our Domain Registration when bundled with our DNS product. You now receive a $10 discount on your first Domain Registration and $5 off each Domain Registration up to your DNS Plan Level. For example, if you are subscribed to our 10 Zone Package and purchase 10 Domain Registrations, you’ll receive a $55 discount on the list price of Domain Registrations. The new zone-based plans also offer one single renewal date. This means you don’t have to renew zones with different expirations dates multiple times throughout the year. Learn more about our new tier packages and pricing.

Moved to Subscription-Based Services

No-IP has partnered with an industry leading subscription management platform to improve our billing system and pricing capabilities. For the last 20 years, we have been utilizing our own homegrown billing system to process payments. It has worked well, with a few hiccups over time, but as we look to the future, we realize that we would rather spend our time building great products and enhancements. To scale for the future and quickly release new products, we realized that we needed to rework our billing system. Subscriptions were the answer. We haven’t fully migrated to our subscription-based services yet, but we truly believe that this move will streamline our services and billing for our customers while letting our engineers focus on the things that matter, like our network and creating amazing new products. Speaking of focusing on our network…

Infrastructure Updates

This year our Infrastructure Team worked to improve the speed, performance, and the resiliency of our DNS network. Our DNS infrastructure is utilized by millions of people and currently processes over 83 billion queries a month. Our engineers have dramatically improved the performance of our DNS infrastructure. We have expanded our Anycast DNS network further across the globe, reducing resolution time and expanding capacity. Notably, we’ve added more capacity in Europe, Asia, South America, and South Africa. Learn more about our Infrastructure Updates

Website Updates

We have spent the last few months trying to focus on streamlining our user experience by updating the My No-IP section of our site. We have moved everything over from our legacy management system to make things easier for our customers. In the near future, we will be adding additional features that will add extra value to our current offerings.

Hosted Our Fifth Annual Giving Thanks, Food and Toy Drive to Benefit The Children’s Cabinet

We hosted our Fifth Annual Giving Thanks Food and Toy Drive which benefitted the Children’s Cabinet, a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping the children of Northern Nevada. We donated over $4,000 worth of food and toys. It is awesome to work with a group of people that believe in giving back to the community.

While this year has been one of our best yet, we are even more excited about what the future holds for No-IP and can’t wait to share with you some of the new products we plan to offer in the coming months. Since 1999, our customers have been spreading the word about No-IP and the helpful services that we offer. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for all of you. Thank you for being loyal customers and choosing No-IP as your Dynamic DNS and Managed DNS provider!