FCC Passes Net Neutrality Protecting an Open Internet


No-IP has always been vocal about its support for an open and free Internet. Over the last year, a proposed end to Net Neutrality was discussed by the FCC. Why? Because Internet Service Providers were arguing that in order for them to grow and expand access to the Internet, they should be able to charge more to certain content providers. Particularly ones that are a heavy burden on their networks, i.e. Netflix, Hulu, etc. Essentially they were proposing a fast lane and slow lane on the Internet. If a site wanted their content to get to its users, it would be expected to pay more money to get into the fast lane, or risk being filtered into the slow lane.

However, this type of censorship by ISPs wouldn’t help them expand access to the Internet, it would greatly reduce it. In reality, the ISP’s would just gain the power to favor certain content and limit other content. That means that even though they would be building bigger and better infrastructure for the Internet, only some sites will benefit from it. An Internet that treats data equally is what we need and today we got that!

“The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.

Today the FCC voted 3-2 to pass a Net Neutrality rule protecting the Internet. Now, ISP’s will be watched more closely. This rule will prevent these companies from treating certain content providers more preferentially than others. Meaning that Hulu can’t pay their ISP more money to gain better access to their customers.

The vote also reclassified broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. Under Title II, broadband will be regulated similarly to utilities like water and power. This is important because now it recognizes broadband as a telecommunications service, which gives the FCC the right to prevent these companies from creating the previously mention Internet slow lanes.

“The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules,” Wheeler said.

At No-IP, we rely on the Internet to do our job. Without an open Internet we would not exist. Today we celebrate this victory and the FCC’s decision to keep the Internet free and open.


Introducing No-IP’s Newest Product…Managed Access


What is Managed Access?

The Managed Access platform provides remote access via Dynamic DNS on your custom domain.  There is no hardware required as No-IP is already integrated in most internet connected devices. We make security installations easy by streamlining hostname setup and providing your on-site technicians with Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding support. You can provide your clients with the remote access they need, under your own branded portal, all powered by one of the world leaders in Dynamic DNS. Continue Reading

No-IP is Attending ISC West this April


No-IP is attending this year’s ISC West conference to introduce its newest product, “Managed Access”. This product provides remote access via Dynamic DNS on a custom domain. It features easy account management and optional installation support from the world’s leader in Dynamic DNS. No-IP is already integrated in most internet connected devices, which means no extra hardware is necessary. Managed Access makes security installations easy by streamlining hostname setup and providing your on-site technicians with Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding support.

No-IP will be at the show all three days, ready to talk to you about Dynamic DNS and Managed Access. Find booth 30107 and talk to one of our knowledgeable team members.

What is ISC West?

According to its website, “The International Security Conference & Exposition – also known as ISC West – is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry, covering Access Control, Alarms & Monitoring, Biometrics, IP Security, Video Surveillance / CCTV, Networked Security Products and more. At ISC West, you’ll discover the newest security products & security technology, network with colleagues & security professionals, and gain valuable security industry training & knowledge to keep you ahead through SIA Education@ISC.”

April 15-17, 2015

The Sands Expo and Convention Center
201 Sands Ave.
Las Vegas, NV

Expo Hall Hours
Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 10 am to 5 pm
Friday 10 am to 3 pm

Exhibit Hall Pricing 
Early Bird (By 2/20): $55
Advance (2/21-4/14): $80
Onsite: $150

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Support Hours for February


Over the next two weeks we will be closed on several occasions. One for moving into our new office and one in honor of President’s Day.

Please see our revised support hours below.

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Business Apps to Boost Your Company’s Productivity


We live in a mobile world. In 2014 there were more than 6 billion cell phone subscriptions across the globe. That is almost one phone for every person on the planet. Because of this, companies are moving to mobile apps to help boost productivity in the work place. Do you want your business to communicate more effectively and have more collaboration? Use the business apps suggested by us to help do just that.

Tracking your expenses can be a huge pain. It takes a ton of time and you have to constantly remind yourself not to throw away all your receipts. With Expensify you can streamline this process. This clever app allows your to scan your receipts, upload and then sync them with Quickbooks, Salesforce and many other applications. It allows you to file your receipts in folders for specific projects or trips and then lets you submit your expense report by just pressing a button. It will automatically import all card transactions and can track your mileage, time and other reimbursable expenses. The basic version is free. You can also upgrade to Professional, Team or Corporate versions for a cost. The most expensive being $11 per submitter per month. 


Branded as, “The workspace for your life’s work”, Evernote is more than just a note taking platform. Yes, you can write notes and create project plans with Evernote, but it does so much more. You can store research, share information with a group of people and present your ideas all on the same platform. It also syncs with your devices making it easy to keep all your information close at hand. Evernote comes in three versions, free, Premium ($5 a month) and Business ($10 a month per user). 


Many small business run into issues with time management. With Things you can manage all your tasks in an easy-to-use interface. It will help organize your tasks by what you want to complete today, what you want to do next and what projects can be pushed off. Each day, Things will give you a daily review of the activities scheduled so that you never miss a project deadline. It has searchable tags so you can find entries quickly. It also syncs with your other devices so anything you change on your phone will show up on your tablet and vice versa. It can be used on iOS for $19.99 or on Mac for $49.99. 


Who says you can’t mix work with play? That is the the principal of 30/30. Focus on a single-task for 30 straight minutes and then take a mental break for 30 minutes. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. But that isn’t necessarily realistic so 30/30 does so much more than that. This app allows you to plan your schedule, and time it accordingly. Need an hour for your emails and a 5 minute break? Schedule it. You can focus on a task for as little as 1 minute or as long as 1 hour. And you can create as many as 10 days worth of tasks without ever repeating one. Tasks are assigned a special color, when it is time to do that task, the screen will change colors to alert you. 30/30 is a simple way to make staying on task possible.  By setting time restrictions and monitoring activity each person is kept on task because they know it’s only for a certain amount of minutes. This app is free and available to Apple users.

These four apps make increasing productivity easy. By staying organized, managing your tasks and making sure your expenses are up to date, you can ensure a more collaborative and efficient workplace. Have you used any of these apps before? Do you have suggestions on other apps that can increase productivity? Let us know in the comments below!