We Got Game! No-IP’s Favorite Video Games of 2014

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This year at No-IP, we have played our fair share of foosball in the office. But outside of work it’s all about the video games! So we decided to find out what games were most loved by our staff of semi-professional foosball players.

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Top Level Domains | What TLDs are used for what?

Top Level Domains. What are they used for?

At No-IP, you can choose from a number of Top Level Domains when registering for a domain name. Many people however don’t know exactly which one to pick. So what are they and what are they used for?

.com – This TLD was designed specifically for commercial use. It quickly has become the most popular TLD available and most people try to register a .com domain first. .com is what most people will add to the back of a domain name when looking for a specific site as it is the most commonly used.

.net – This TLD was designed for network use. It was intended to be used by companies like Internet service providers. However, it was not regulated and became a general purpose domain space and the preferred alternative to .com.

.org – Originally this TLDS was created for organizations or non-profits. However, like .com and .net it was not regulated and is now used by many different types of websites including, Craigslist.

.biz – Introduced in 2001, .biz was created for business use. It was an attempt to lessen the demand for .com domains as well as help companies whose business name was already taken on the .com TLD.

.info – This unrestricted domain is intended for use by informative Internet websites. These sites should be non-commercial in use.

.tv – This domain, originally the country code for Tuvalu, is now used for media content. These domains are often created to feature original video content for companies. They cannot be transferred to a different registrar once registered.

.mobi – Introduced in 2005, this TLD is intended to be used by mobile devices to access sites via the mobile web.

.me – Originally delegated as the country code for Montenegro, the .me TLD is now used for a wider range of websites. Currently .me is widely used for personally sites like blogs or family sites.

.co – Like .me, and .tv, .co is used as both the country code for Columbia and for other purposes. .co is a business alternative to .com and .biz and used widely amongst major corporations. Many such as Amazon and Google have registered single letter .co domains including (a.co Amazon) and (g.co Google).

Country Codes (.us, .de, .uk) – These codes are usually restricted for use by the country’s citizens or businesses that have a presence in that country. Certain companies may cross over and have websites with many different country codes. Ebay is a good example of this as they do business worldwide.

Want to see if the domain you want is available? Just click here and enter your domain name to find out!

10 Gift Ideas for the Tech Geek in Your Family – Holiday Buying Guide

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Trying to find the perfect gift for the techie in your life but have no idea what they want? Let No-IP help! We have come up with a list of gifts guaranteed to impress. Check them out below.

1. UDI U818A Drone 

It might not deliver mail to your door but, for less than $70, the UDI U818A provides a great introduction to drones. Built-in stabilizers make it harder to wreck, and a modular design makes it easy to replace damaged parts. A camera records both your successful and ill-fated trips to an SD card for later viewing and posting. The batteries last for only 6 to 9 minutes of flight, but they’re removable, so you can swap in freshly charged cells to keep flying. MSRP $62.99
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2. Sony Playstation 4

Who doesn’t love a new gaming system? With its sleeker look and 1080p resolution the PS4 is the game console of the season. It comes with a rechargeable dual shock controller and gives you access to Playstation Plus. This new system is being sold in two bundle options. The first option comes with a black console and your choice of 1 of 4 game options including, Destiny, Far Cry 4, NBA 2K15 and Little Big Planet 3. MSRP $399.99. The second bundle features a glacier white console and the game Destiny. MSRP $449.99
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3. Virtual Keyboard 

The virtual keyboard projects a bluetooth keyboard onto any flat surface. You can use it with for your smart phone or your tablet to make typing that much easier. The projector comes with a rechargeable battery and works with Apple and Android powered devices. It is small and can be clipped onto your keys for easy access. At only $100 it is cheaper than most bluetooth keyboards on the market and easier to take with you. MSRP $100
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4. Tile

At some point in your life you have lost something, your keys, the remote, your mind. And then spent countless minutes flipping over couch cushions, rummaging through your pockets and looking under furniture trying to find what you lost. Now there is an easier and less time consuming way to find your missing items. Tile, uses small white square tethers to connect your stuff to your phone. Attach one to your keys and when they are lost Tile casts a bluetooth signal 100 feet in range.  If your lost item is in range it will play a melody until you find it. Better yet, it uses GPS to record the last place your phone saw your tile. Your phone can pair with 8 tiles so you can put them anywhere. MSRP $70 for 4 tiles
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5. Narrative Clip

You can capture all of life’s most special moments with the Narrative Clip. This wearable camera clips onto clothes and weights less than an ounce. Simply double tap the 5 megapixel camera to start it and every 30 seconds it will automatically take a photo. When you are done set it face down to make it sleep. With a 4000 photo storage capacity and a two day battery life it is easy to relive your favorite moments! MSRP $229 
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6. Motorola – Moto 360 Smart Watch for Android Devices 4.3 or Higher 

This smart watch looks like a watch but functions like a high tech gadget. This Android Wear watch is powered by Google and acts as a second screen for you device. It can display your incoming calls, texts and emails. It will also show your Google Now cards to keep you up to date on news, give you the latest weather reports and track your steps. With a light sensor that will adjust the screen brightness to your environment and decent battery life it’s an overall good smart watch. MSRP $249.99
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7. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

The Roku 3 has the best selection of streaming content of all its competitors. It offers the standards such as Hulu and Netflix along with extras likes HBO GO, Pandora and Amazon Instant. In addition to its video streaming services users also have access to games like Angry Birds and has an extensive collection of videos for rent and purchase. Its remote is also more enhanced than its competitors and features built in motion control and a headphone jack for gaming. It also has a superior search feature allowing you to search for videos by title, director and actor. MSRP $99.99
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8. HUE

Smart lighting at its finest! Philips Hue lighting is personalized wireless lighting for your house! You can create and control the lights from your smart phone or tablet. You can choose from every color in the spectrum and make them dim, pulse or flash. The best part is they screw straight into your current light fittings. The lights operate using a bridge to connect them to your smartphone. By linking it to your wifi you can connect up to 50 bulbs at a time. The bridge lets you control your lights remotely and link them to the web. The Hue starter kit include three bulbs and the bridge. MSRP $200
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9. NVIDIDA Shield Tablet

There are tablets and then there is the Shield. This tablet features a full-HD 8 inch screen and Tegra K1 processor to give you the best tablet gaming experience ever. It supports games like Half-Life 2, Portal and Trine 2 and when you add the control it becomes its own console that can be connected to your TV. Gamers can also stream some of the best game titles right on the tablet. It comes with 16GB of storage, front facing speakers and a built-in microphone. MSRP $300
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10. SMS Audio Street by 50 Headphones – Star Wars Edition 

These headphones would make Yoda proud! The SMS Audio street headphones feature professional tuned 40 mm custom drivers, giving you studio quality sound. The shatter proof adjustable headband and leather ear pads make them comfortable and down to take a beating. Created by 50 Cent these headphone rival those from another rapper. The Star Wars edition comes in 4 different versions including, Rebel Alliance, Darth Vadar Galactic Empire, Boba Fett and Storm Trooper. Choose a side and may the force be with you. MSRP $200
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Get Treated not Tricked this Holiday Season!

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It’s Halloween, which means you and your little goblins are prepping for a night of fun filled tricks, treats and maybe even a little scare! Continue Reading

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 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 modifying 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 set up 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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