Static IP Users
If your ISP provides you with a static (unchanging) IP address then you do not need
to use a DDNS service. Simply set up a port forward for your camera (see our Port
Forwarding) and then you will be able to log in remotely.
Visit www.whatismyip.com to obtain your
IP address. It will look something like 184.108.40.206 and is your location's
assigned virtual address on the Internet.
Dynamic IP Users
Typically, the IP address your ISP provides you is subject to, and does, change.
The frequency of the change depends on your ISP and how they operate, but generally
a home-user’s IP address changes every other day or so.
In order to connect to your camera over the Internet without having to know your
IP address every day, you can sign up for a DNS service that will host a URL which
will automatically send the visitor of the URL to your IP address.
Every DNS service is a little different, so we will give you some general guidelines
to help you navigate the Internet and set up your DNS service.
- Do an Internet search for “free dns service”
- After selecting a service, you will need to register with the service.
This will involve creating a login (probably using your email address)
and a password. The DNS service may have additional steps such
as sending you a confirmation email, so be sure to complete all of the steps.
- Once you have registered/created an account with the DNS service, you can go to
the “Hosts” or “My Hosts” section of the service’s
website. NOTE: This section may have a different name depending on the DNS service.
- Add a host to your account with the DNS service by entering domain name that you
would like to use.
- The DNS service will most likely have a list of domain suffixes that you can choose
from for free, for example: www.mydnsname.dnsservice.org:857.
- Download the DNS client software that the DNS service offers.
- Download and install the DNS client software according to the instructions included
with the download.
- Install the DNS client software on a computer that will remain at the location of
the network camera you want to connect to. The computer will then utilize the DNS
client to keep your DNS domain name accurately aligned to your current IP address.
Now you can connect to your network camera over the Internet!