Are you trying to set up a website, FTP server, mail server or any other type of online service? Here are a few simple steps to follow to get setup and online using No-IP’s Free Dynamic DNS service. This will allow you to run your servers at your home or business without a static IP address.
Step 1: Create an Account
To create an account with No-IP simply click the “Sign Up” link at the top of the page, fill in the required fields on the new account form and click the “Free Sign Up” button.
Step 2: Confirm Your Account
Once you submit your account information you will be sent a confirmation email to the address you provided. Click the link provided in the email to confirm your account.
Step 3: Log In to Your Account
Now that you have confirmed your account, you can Log In. On the top of the No-IP home page click “Log In”. Enter your email address and password and click “Log In.”
Step 4: Add a Hostname to Your Account
You should now be logged into your My No-IP account. When you registered for a No-IP account a hostname should have been created automatically. You will use this to connect to your server. If you would like, you can create another hostname using the steps below.
In order to add a hostname to your account you will want to click on “Dynamic DNS” and then the green “Add Hostname” button.
After the “Add Hostname” is clicked you will see the following screen pop up.
On this screen, you will type in the desired hostname (i.e. mycamera or myserver) and then select the domain you would like to use from the drop-down menu. Leave the hostname as a “Record Type “A” unless you need a specific record type. The IPv4 Address section should already be filled in with your current public IP address. If there is a different public IP address you would like to use enter it now.
Finally, click on the green “Add Hostname” button.
Step 5: Make Your Host Dynamic
Note: If your ISP assigns you a static IP address, you can skip to Step 6.
If you have a dynamic IP address, you’ll need to install No-IP’s Dynamic Update Client (DUC). This is free software available from the “Download” section of the No-IP site or by clicking on the “Download” section located on the Dashboard page of your My No-IP account.
If you do not wish to run a computer at all times you can see if a device at your network supports No-IP.com for Dynamic DNS updates. Some devices that include No-IP for Dynamic DNS can be Routers or Camera systems. Additionally here’s a general guide that works for the vast majority of devices.
Step 6: Configure Your Router
If you use a router to connect to the Internet and/or have a firewall in place on your computer, you will need to make sure that it is configured. This will direct the appropriate traffic from the Internet into the destination machine on your network. This is done using a router function called Port Forwarding. Common ports to forward are port 80 for a web server, port 21 for FTP and port 25 for SMTP email. Only forward the ports that you absolutely need to use.
We have some basic documentation covering port forwarding and firewalls on the Support page of our site. For detailed information concerning your particular hardware or software, please consult the documentation for your equipment.
In order to verify that your router and firewall are setup correctly, you can visit www.portchecktool.com.
Step 7: Run Your Services
Once you have received a successful result from the Port Check Tool website, you can now run your services using the host or domain you created! If you run into trouble be sure to check the Support page of our website for helpful information.